Rural Towns to Academic Gown

Rural Towns to Academic Gown

We are saddened to announce that today (June 28th, 2019) is Melinda Merrell’s last day as the Senior Program Director at the South Carolina Office of Rural Health as she will be transitioning to a new role with the  University of South Carolina Rural and Minority...
Rural Enhancement Funding Opportunity

Rural Enhancement Funding Opportunity

On December 7th, we shared in our Rural Focus Newsletter about an exciting new funding opportunity for rural providers: the Rural Enhancement grant. The deadline to submit your application is just around the corner (January 22nd), so please consider applying today!...
Level IV Trauma Designation: What You Should Know

Level IV Trauma Designation: What You Should Know

Article by Sarah Craig, Director of Health System Innovation, South Carolina Office of Rural Health In South Carolina (SC) there are currently sixteen hospitals designated as a Level I, II or III Trauma Center. The Level I Trauma Centers include: Grand Strand Regional...
Blueprint For Health Updates

Blueprint For Health Updates

Article By Andrew Chandler, MPH Over the past 5 months, we have been burning up the road traveling across South Carolina to the Upstate, the Pee Dee and the Lowcountry supporting our five Blueprint for Health communities to improve health outcomes within their...

What Is A Freestanding Emergency Department?

Freestanding Emergency Departments (FSED), also known as Stand-Alone Emergency Departments, are a relatively new addition to the healthcare system and are sprouting up in both urban and rural areas across the nation. In South Carolina, these facilities, which must be...
What to Expect With the New PCMH Requirements

What to Expect With the New PCMH Requirements

As of September 30th 2017, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) requires any practice wanting Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition to submit using the 2017 Standards and Guidelines. With the new guidelines came a new format and while most of the...