National Rural Health Day Resources

National Rural Health Day is
November 21, 2013.

Wear Green and Yellow on National Rural Health Day!


NEW!  CONGRATULATIONS to the CEO of Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO - Marcia R. Dial for being voted Missouri’s Rural Health Champion!

The 2013 Missouri Rural Health Champion has been chosen!  Marcia R. Dial, CEO of Scotland County Hospital (SCH) in Memphis, MO, since 1988.  Prior to that, she was part of the accounting staff for the Hospital.  She has been an employee of SCH for over 38 years.  When Dial assumed the CEO position in the late 80’s, the medical staff consisted of two very well-liked family practice doctors that worked too many hours, to have much of a personal life!  Today, the Hospital operates with over 25 young, highly respected doctors that provide a comprehensive list of skills from family practice to specialties.

Her fiscally savvy nature has moved the struggling hospital from a $4,000,000 gross revenue budget, in the mid-80’s, with little reserves, to a nearly $30,000,000 operation that has supported six building projects in the last 17 years, and paid for through self-generated hospital funding and grant projects.  Dial and her administrative staff have a keen ability for grant writing and a successful track record in this arena, bringing in
3-4 million dollars into the advancement of rural healthcare for our communities.

Dial also serves on a number of state and federal rural health policy committees & boards. The most recent invitation she accepted was from the Rural Hospital Issues Group - a Cooperative effort of the Rural Analysis Research Institute of AHA and the National Rural Health Association with a larger cooperative agreement between the Rural Policy Research Institute and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. If there has ever been a genuine, loyal and career committed professional to champion rural healthcare, it is undoubtedly, Marcia R. Dial from Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, MO.

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 59.5 million people – nearly one in five Americans – call them home. These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are places where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect each other and work together to benefit the greater good. They are also some of the best places to start a business and test your “entrepreneurial spirit.” These communities provide the rest of the country with a wealth of services and commodities, and they are the economic engine that has helped the United State become the world economic power it is today.

These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens. And rural hospitals – which are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care – struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents.

That is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural set aside November 21, 2013 and the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day. First and foremost, National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit of that prevails in rural America. But it also gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.

We know there is work to be done, but we also believe there is plenty to celebrate – and we invite you to join the celebration!