Our White Paper At a Glance. A Summary of Our Early Learnings.

The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation has emerged as a potential solution to the escalating crisis of rural hospital closures across America. Our white paper includes pivotal early learnings and serves as a useful resource for medical professionals navigating this new hospital designation. Background and Rationale for Rural Emergency Hospital Designation The REH designation was […]

Navigating the REH Pathway: A Step-by-Step Guide for Rural Hospitals

An overview of the pathway to REH designation, where the Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC) provides essential support through the Rural Emergency Hospital Technical Assistance Center (REH-TAC). Introduction The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation is a significant development in healthcare designed to help rural communities sustain their access to emergency medical services and outpatient care. […]

Join the REH Peer Network: Protect & Promote Rural Healthcare Together

The healthcare landscape is constantly evolving, particularly in rural areas where the transition to the REH designation preserves access to emergency services and outpatient care. The Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC) invites hospital executives and administrators of REH-designated facilities to join our collaborative forum: The REH Peer Network. Why Participate in the REH Peer Network? […]

Understanding the Basics of Rural Emergency Hospital Designation: A Beginner’s Guide

Explore the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation in response to rural hospital closures and healthcare disparities. The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) is a new Medicare provider designation for hospitals created to address the growing concern over rural hospital closures. This designation’s primary purpose is to promote and support rural community access to essential services and […]

From Application to Operation: The Journey of a Rural Emergency Hospital

The Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) designation is an important step in the mission to preserve healthcare in rural America. This article outlines the journey from application to operation for a rural hospital seeking REH status.   Introduction The REH designation was established as a response to rural hospital closures. These closures deprive rural communities of […]

Essential Elements of Rural Health Innovation

Innovation Building Blocks When thinking about an innovation journey, the most important aspect required is effective planning. Change of significant magnitude takes time to achieve. Ensuring realistic expectations within timelines is part of an effective planning process. Effective planning is the foundation—it’s critical to achieving goals and successfully executing innovation efforts. A second building block […]

Rural Emergency Hospital Conversion and Technical Assistance Educational Webinar

Critical Access Hospitals and other rural healthcare entities considering conversion to a Rural Emergency Hospital would benefit from this upcoming webinar on May 1, 2023. Medicare designated the Rural Emergency Hospitals (REHs) as a new provider type through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 to address concerns that some rural hospitals would not be able […]

RHRC provides technical support and practical expertise to transform rural health nationwide

The Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC) announced today that, after successfully completing its first two years of operation, it has launched four projects in partnership with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other public agencies. These projects underscore how rapidly the RHRC is achieving its mission to protect and promote access to […]

Rural Health Redesign Center created to transform rural health nationwide

Access to healthcare in the nation’s rural communities is an ongoing source of concern for residents, healthcare providers, and state and federal agencies. Between 2010 and 2022, 138 rural hospitals stopped providing inpatient services, and 75 of these were complete hospital closures.  The Rural Health Redesign Center (RHRC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was launched in […]

Janice Walters
Executive Director
Janice has been leading the work of the RHRC since its inception. She has a background in health finance and is a highly rated rural health expert with over 20 years of relevant leadership experience.