NRHA’s 2018 Rural Health Awards a powerful testimony to personal dedication

NRHA’s 2018 Rural Health Awards a powerful testimony to personal dedication
NRHA’s 2018 Rural Health Awards a powerful testimony to personal dedication

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health representatives with NRHA CEO Alan Morgan

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health representatives with NRHA CEO Alan Morgan

 
Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative director of advocacy Jeremy Levin, nursing leadership senior manager Cella Janisch-Hartline, RN, BSN, executive director Tim Size and NRHA CEO Alan Morgan

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative director of advocacy Jeremy Levin, nursing leadership senior manager Cella Janisch-Hartline, RN, BSN, executive director Tim Size and NRHA CEO Alan Morgan

 
Top: Roger D. Wells, PA-C, Jacob Thatcher, Cella Janisch-Hartline, Teryl Eisinger, K. Bryant Smalley, PhD, PsyD, Kent Hoerauf, MD, CMD, FACP, Michelle Mills. Bottom: Nicole Geary, friends and family of Rhonda Kay Skelton. Not pictured: Grant Gase

Top: Roger D. Wells, PA-C, Jacob Thatcher, Cella Janisch-Hartline, Teryl Eisinger, K. Bryant Smalley, PhD, PsyD, Kent Hoerauf, MD, CMD, FACP, Michelle Mills. Bottom: Nicole Geary, friends and family of Rhonda Kay Skelton. Not pictured: Grant Gase

 
2018 NRHA President’s Award winner and NRHA board member Roger D. Wells, PA-C, and 2018 NRHA President Tommy Barnhart

2018 NRHA President’s Award winner and NRHA board member Roger D. Wells, PA-C, and 2018 NRHA President Tommy Barnhart

 
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health representatives, colleagues and partners

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health representatives, colleagues and partners

 
St. Luke’s Miners Health Center office coordinator Nicole Geary and Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health director Lisa Davis

St. Luke’s Miners Health Center office coordinator Nicole Geary and Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health director Lisa Davis

 
Friends, family, and former co-workers of Rhonda Kay Skelton

Friends, family, and former co-workers of Rhonda Kay Skelton

 

More than one thousand people attended NRHA’s annual events in New Orleans this May. The association’s Rural Health Award winners were honored with a special ceremony during the 41st Annual Rural Health Conference and 3rd Rural Hospital Innovation Summit. For this special annual event, videos are submitted to showcase the talents and dedication of each winner and shown as the awards are presented.

Particularly powerful this year was the video for the Louis Gorin Award, given posthumously to Rhonda K. Skelton. Skelton’s family was present to accept the award on her behalf. The compelling video highlighted the subsequent achievement of Skelton’s hospital as the second CAH in Minnesota to win a baby-friendly designation in a time when OB wards across the rural landscape are struggling. Skelton’s legacy testifies to the power of individuals making a difference in rural health, which is exemplified by the winners of the Rural Health Awards.

Outstanding Rural Health Organization
St. Luke’s Miners Rural Health Centers

Outstanding Rural Health Program
National Rural Health Day — National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Care
Rhonda K. Skelton

Rural Health Practitioner of the Year
Kent Hoerauf

Outstanding Educator Award
Cella Janisch-Hartline

Outstanding Researcher Award
K. Bryant Smalley

NRHA/John Snow Inc. Student Leadership Award
Grant Gase

NRHA/John Snow Inc. Student Achievement Award
Jacob Thatcher

NRHA Volunteer of the Year
Michelle Mills

NRHA President’s Award
Roger D. Wells

To read more about the winners of this year’s Rural Health Awards and view their videos, visit https://bit.ly/2HwJ7aV.

To view all NRHA Rural Health Award winners,including links to past videos, visit https://bit.ly/2JoJbgX.

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