If you want to work in rural South Carolina, you’ve come to the right place.
You became a healthcare professional because you wanted to help people. You focused on primary care because you wanted to partner with patients to help them gain mastery over their health through preventative care and treatment. Maybe you were born and raised in a rural community, and you have always known that was the life and career you wanted. Or maybe you had an amazing experience in a rural rotation and then you thought about rural. Whatever brought you to this conclusion, we’re here to help.
The SC Office of Rural Health’s (SCORH’s) Director of Provider Recruitment, Stacey Day, has over 9 years experience partnering with healthcare providers and rural healthcare employers across the state to make “compatible matches.” Mrs. Day administers the Rural Recruitment Services (RRS) program for SCORH. She served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors for the premier rural non-profit recruitment resource, the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet). She also serves on the SC Medical Board’s Physician Assistant Advisory Committee and is a member of the Carolinas Association of Physician Services (CAPS.)
If you are a SC Healthcare Provider or Student, SCORH’s Rural Recruitment Services (RRS)…
Connects you with rural jobs and employers across South Carolina once you’ve created a candidate profile
Helps you access programs that support retention through loan repayment and other incentives, such as the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program and the SC Rural Physician Incentive Grant.
Matches you with opportunities to meet your family’s needs.
Provides technical assistance to new grads around job searches and related topics.
If you are a Rural SC Healthcare Employer, through an annual membership, SCORH’s RRS…
Provides 24/7 access to primary and non-primary care physician, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant candidate profiles.
Helps you source candidates from SC’s graduate level healthcare programs as well as nationally through the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet).
Posts your rural job opportunities and shares those jobs with qualified, motivated candidates.
Provides Rural Recruitment technical assistance.
Acts as a liaison for relevant programs across the state.
SC’s Rural Access to Care Challenges…
53.3% of South Carolina is considered rural, and most areas of the state have Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designations.
The majority of health care providers practice in metropolitan areas leaving a growing void in rural communities.
Rural providers often work longer hours due to the limited peer support in rural communities.
Finding appropriate employment opportunities for spouses or partners of providers coming to practice in rural SC can be a challenge.
Access to appropriate educational systems may make recruitment to rural SC difficult.
If you Practice in Rural SC, the Great News Is…
Your relationships with your patients will be more meaningful than those you’d experience in an urban practice.
If your practice is a Rural Health Clinic (RHC), you will typically receive a higher reimbursable rate for Medicaid and Medicare claims.
You will become an integral part of a community, not just another doctor or advanced practice clinician in a large system.
You will become a leader in your community.
You will develop a broad clinical skill set because you may be the only provider in your community, or one of just a few.
You will truly work as part of a team, especially if you work with an RHC.
The SC Office of Rural Health formerly worked with the SC Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA) and SC AHEC on the SC SEARCH (Student Experiences and Rotations in Community Health) program to facilitate clinical student experiences in rural and underserved SC.
AS SC SEARCH was defunded several years back, SCORH now encourages all health professional students seeking rotations to contact SC AHEC directly to determine availability of student rotations or similar experiences.
SC Office of Primary Care – Mark Jordan, Director of Primary Care – NHSC Program liaison, State J1 liaison, Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Designation
SC AHEC– Kristin Cochran, Director of Student Programs and Recruitment – SC Rural Physician Incentive Grant Program, Family Medicine and Pediatric Physician Locum Tenens
3RNet – The National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, a non-profit consortium of Offices of Rural Health and Primary Care focused on community based recruitment and sourcing for rural practice settings. https://www.3rnet.org/
National Health Service Corps – Learn about programs to provide loan repayment or scholarships, at the national level, to practice primary care in high need rural and urban areas. http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/
Rural Training Track Technical Assistance – Supporting rural training track residency programs as a national strategy in training physicians for rural practice. https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/rtt
Stacey Day, MSW, LMSW
Director of Recruitment Stacey@scorh.net
803-454-3850, Ext. 2009