Shannon Chambers, director of provider solutions for the South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH), has been awarded the 2021 Ron Nelson Award by the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC). The award was presented during NARHC’s annual meeting in October.

The award is NARHC’s annual recognition of an outstanding leader and promoter of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Ron Nelson was the co-founder and first president of NARHC, and a recognized leader in rural health. Award winners have dedicated their time and talent to advancing the health and well-being of others through the RHC program.

“Shannon exemplifies these values and has spent countless hours as an involved board member of NARHC, and was the operational lead on launching NARHC’s Certified Rural Health Clinic professional course,” said Charles James, president of NARHC’s Board of Directors. “Her leadership has made a difference in how healthcare is delivered in rural communities across the country.”

Chambers joined the SCORH staff in 2011. As the director of provider solutions, she assists physician offices as they convert to RHC status. She provides technical assistance to RHCs in compliance activities, billing and coding, EHR implementation, and practice management.

“Shannon is an asset not only to our office and the rural healthcare providers across South Carolina, but to Rural Health Clinics across the country,” said SCORH’s CEO Graham Adams. “She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise that she has cultivated over the past decade, and she has a heart for the needs of medical professionals serving rural communities. No one is more deserving of this award.

About the South Carolina Office of Rural Health

The South Carolina Office of Rural Health (SCORH) is a non-profit organization with a mission to close the gap in health status and life expectancy between rural and urban communities in the Palmetto State. SCORH has been promoting investment, opportunity and health within rural communities since 1991.

With 27 percent of our state’s residents living in rural areas, SCORH believes in preserving the unique character of rural communities without compromising their opportunities and access to critical services.