Hospital-based incident command systems (e.g., HICS) have been used formally in U.S. hospitals since the late 1970’s as a way to manage incidents, coordinate resources and communications, and collaborate with community-based response agencies. Despite ...

Register Today: Hospital-Based Incident Command Systems: Small and Rural Hospitals Webinar and more


Register Today: Hospital-Based Incident Command Systems: Small and Rural Hospitals Webinar

Hospital-based incident command systems (e.g., HICS) have been used formally in U.S. hospitals since the late 1970’s as a way to manage incidents, coordinate resources and communications, and collaborate with community-based response agencies. Despite their widespread adoption and use, there is very little published information available on lessons learned, best practices, and real-world adaptation of these systems. This free webinar (the second in our series) is scheduled for March 12, 2019, from 1:00-2:30 PM ET and will feature speakers from small and rural hospitals who have experienced a recent emergency and activated their hospital-based incident command systems. The speakers will provide a brief overview of the incident, describe how they implemented their incident command system, share lessons learned and tools for small and rural hospitals, and discuss how they have incorporated these lessons into their current systems and plans. Register today!

    

AHA Report Outlines Challenges Affecting Rural Communities, Opportunities to Ensure Access to High-Quality, Affordable Care

The American Hospital Association (AHA) released a report outlining the persistent, recent and emergent challenges that threaten rural hospitals’ ability to maintain access to health care services in their communities. The report, Challenges Facing Rural Communities and the Roadmap to Ensure Local Access to High-quality, Affordable Care, underscores the importance of local access to essential health services, as well as the economic impact rural hospitals have on their communities.

    

Outstanding Mississippi Small Rural Hospital Award

Small rural hospitals are doing outstanding work in Mississippi every day, and we want you to get recognized for that work. Each year MHA will honor outstanding contributions to rural health in our state.

The Outstanding Mississippi Small Rural Hospital Award will recognize a rural hospital in the state with less than 100 beds that has improved access to health care or has launched innovative programs in their communities. Areas of impact could include but are not limited to: health care and health programs, rural health policy, legislation, the advancement of the field, improved patterns of health care delivery, cooperative efforts to avoid duplication of services and achieve common goals, education, and the lasting impact of a program on populations and areas served.

MHA will work with the winner to create a short video about their winning entry that we can both use to further tell the stories of the great things happening in rural hospitals in Mississippi. The winner will be announced each year at the RHA meeting in May and the award video will be played at the MHA Leadership Conference in June.

Selections will be made solely on the basis of a 200-500 word narrative. Three criteria will be considered by the awards committee and should be emphasized in your narrative:

  1. What has the hospital done to contribute to rural health in ways that go above and beyond? What measures did the hospital use to gauge your success? (10 points)
  2. How has the hospital demonstrated leadership and vision for rural health? (10 points)
  3. What impact have hospital efforts had on rural health in their community? (20 points)

 

The narrative must be emailed to Shawn Rossi at srossi@mhanet.org by Friday, March 29, along with contact information.

    

Gov. Bryant signs rural internet bill into law, but urges 'patience' to electric cooperative customers

Gov. Phil Bryant recently signed into law a bill allowing rural electric cooperatives to provide high-speed internet to their customers. It remains unclear how many of the state's two dozen electric cooperatives will now move forward with offering fiber-optic internet. Bryant says patience is key.

    

NRHA & Cerner offer free webinar on tackling the rural opioid epidemic

Cerner will host a FREE webinar at 2 p.m. CST on Jan. 17 on tackling the rural opioid epidemic. Attendees will learn to understand the background of the opioid epidemic and how we got to where we are today; how to identify strategies that can be employed to help reduce opioid misuse; and how people, processes, and technology can combat the opioid crisis in rural communities. Register online here.

    

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