The Oklahoma Office of Rural Health (OORH) is applying for funding for the State Offices of Rural Health Grant Program (SORH). With this funding, the OORH will provide technical assistance targeting rural hospitals and communities across the state. Oklahoma has 34 critical access hospitals that provide lifesaving care to rural residents. These hospitals have a profound impact on local economies across the state. Without these hospitals, economies would suffer, the health of communities would decline and the approximate 1,348,000 residents living in rural Oklahoma would have an even greater distance to travel in order to receive medical care; either routine or in emergency situations.
The OORH has programs in place that provide technical assistance to hospitals that meet the following program objectives:
The OORH approaches its work by focusing primarily on projects that will engage rural stakeholders that have a vested interested in rural hospitals and communities they serve. Activities are targeted to improve the quality of care provided and financial performance of the rural hospitals that serve these rural communities.
The Oklahoma Office of Rural Health and the Oklahoma Primary Care Association have partnered to provide 3RNet as a free resource for hospitals to recruit physicians. 3RNet is a nonprofit job board specifically geared to candidates interested in rural and underserved America.