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North Carolina Hospital Association

Serving North Carolina Hospitals & Health Systems


Small Hospital Improvement Program

July 17, 2017
NCHA hosted a Webinar for the small, rural hospitals that are eligible for the Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) to announce the guidelines and priorities for this year’s grant offered by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP). Hospitals can choose from the proposed projects, or select a project that meets the SHIP guidelines. Hospitals that are part of a health system are encouraged to collaborate on a joint project to increase the impact of the SHIP funding.

Note: Hospitals interested in participating in SHIP for the grant period of June 1, 2017-May 31, 2018 must designate their SHIP project no later than August 15, 2017

Debbie Hunter, NCHA
Dean Higgins, NCHA
Greg Wolf, Stroudwater Associates

To discuss the funding opportunity available through the Small Hospital Improvement Program.
To help hospitals understand the specific services and programs that qualify for reimbursement under SHIP for this grant year.
To explain the SHIP funding process for 2017/2018, including eligible expenses, documentation and outcome reporting.

Questions: Debbie Hunter, (919) 677-4103 or dhunter@ncha.org

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Rural Hospital Health Insurance Enrollment Outreach

January 22, 2015
NCHA hosted a Webinar for rural hospitals to learn about outreach tactics to assist in enrolling people for health insurance during the Marketplace enrollment period. Rural hospitals play a key role and can derive a significant benefit in helping uninsured patients get health insurance. There are many outreach activities that your hospital can do to help people sign up for health insurance. 


  • Walter Gregg MA, MPH, Senior Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, School of Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Management
  • Sorien K. Schmidt, NC Director – Enroll America
  • Cindy Worthy, Director Community Outreach, Nash Health Care
  • Cindy Clark, , President, ibiliti, the innovation division of NCHA Strategic Partners


  • Discuss the tools and resources available to help rural hospitals with outreach activities.
  • Understand best practices for rural hospital enrollment outreach.
  • Share ideas for enrollment outreach.

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