Press Release: SCORH Receives Duke Endowment Grant

Press Release: SCORH Receives Duke Endowment Grant

The South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) has received a grant from The Duke Endowment to assist and support rural primary care practices with performance improvement and practice transformation efforts as they prepare for the new value driven healthcare market.


The US healthcare system is undergoing transformational change, from “volume to value” to address the persistent quality chasm; high chronic disease burden; and rising healthcare costs. Rural healthcare organizations, including rural primary care practices are working diligently to adopt new strategies to allow them to continue to care for their patients and serve their communities at the same time meet the operational and financial imperatives of value-based care and reimbursement.


Many rural primary care practices, such as Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) have not been subject to the same quality reporting and monitoring initiatives and incentive programs as other practices in South Carolina; therefore, this initiative will support practices and practice organizations in making the needed healthcare delivery system changes, optimize their use of health information technology and business practices.  It will also help them develop enhance quality reporting and performance improvement capabilities.


“Primary care is foundational to a value-driven healthcare system,” says SCORH’s Center for Practice Transformation Director Michele Stanek. “We hope that this program will strengthen these critical rural primary care practices allowing them to continue serving their patients and communities.”


The Duke Endowment award will allow SCORH’s Center for Practice Transformation (C4PT) to provide direct support to rural primary care practices for quality improvement. Rural practices will have the opportunity to take action and begin making these necessary changes to be successful in a new value driven market. Practices will focus on business planning, quality reporting, and revenue cycle management to include shared learning opportunities and new skill development for clinical leaders, practice managers and staff.


Ms. Stanek says, “This initiative will assist rural primary care practices in playing an active role in shaping the healthcare delivery system in their communities; as they gain increased business intelligence, they can better plan for their future and also advocate for their foundational role within the healthcare system.”


For more information regarding practice transformation, or to receive assistance with practice improvement efforts, please contact Michele Stanek at or call (803) 454-3850.




The SC Office of Rural Health (SCORH) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring equitable access to quality healthcare for all rural South Carolinians. Since 1991, the SC Office of Rural Health has been working to improve the health status of rural and underserved people throughout the state.


Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3.4 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.


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