State Rural Hospital Flexibility Program

To help States work with rural communities and hospitals to develop and implement a rural health plan, designate critical access hospitals (CAHs), develop integrated networks of care, improve emergency medical services and improve quality, service and organizational performance.

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Examples of Funded Projects

States have increasingly used their Flex resources for EMS activities, including training programs, needs assessments, and network building.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - Program Contact: Steve Hirsch, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 9A-55, Rockville, MD 20857.

Telephone: (301) 443-0835.
Website Address

www.hrsa.gov