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North Carolina Hospital Association

Serving North Carolina Hospitals & Health Systems

NC Center for Rural Health Innovation and Performance

Mission: To lead and organize the development of innovative, collaborative, community-focused health initiatives that improve the health status of North Carolina’s rural residents and communities.

Description: The NC Center for Rural Health was created by the North Carolina Hospital Association in 1996 as a rural health resource center, providing expert technical assistance and professional consultation. The Center is dedicated to developing and spreading nation-leading improvements in performance, leadership, quality and patient safety, operational management and community health for rural hospitals and rural health organizations throughout North Carolina.

Jeff Spade, FACHE
Executive Director
Vice President, NCHA
(919) 677-4223
Lisa Alfonso
Executive Assistant
(919) 677-4222


  • Be a statewide resource for rural health organizations and communities.
  • Advise rural health organizations, communities and leaders regarding community health improvement, collaboration and strategic planning.
  • Promote leadership and collaboration among rural health organizations and communities in their common mission to achieve a healthy community.
  • Perform as a catalyst, innovator and leader among public and private organizations that address rural health issues.
  • Organize strategies to encourage the transformation and improvement of rural health toward results-oriented community health models.

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