Grant Writing and Resource Development
NRHP writes and manages grants that support various goals involving shared services. Since 2000, NRHP has brought approximately 7 million dollars in resources to the membership. Funding has supported (among many things) information technology programs, coordination and support for Nevada’s Critical Access Hospitals, and the development of a system for capturing quality and patient safety information into an aggregated data base intended to drive quality improvement. NRHP works with the Nevada Office of Rural Health to coordinate and manage the pooling of the federal Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) funds to improve billing practices, revenue cycle, and quality. We also work with the Nevada Office of Rural Health as a subcontractor for the Nevada Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grant which supports our designated Critical Access Hospital members. With an appropriation from the State Legislature, NRHP successfully created and now administers a revolving loan pool for rural healthcare providers as a tool to improve recruitment and retention of professionals and to expand access to services in Nevada’s rural communities.
Nevada Rural Hospital Partners began in 1987 as a grant funded program, one of 13 grantees of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Hospital-based Rural Health Care Program.” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s goals were to improve the viability of rural hospitals, improve access to health care for rural residents, and to improve the quality of health services in rural areas.
In the ensuing years NRHP staff and members have successfully applied for and received grants from a variety of agencies and foundations, which have been used to fund and support:
- Shared Planning
- Revolving Capital Loan Pool
- Distant Learning Nursing Program
- Shared Regional Chief Financial Officer
- Shared Regional Chief Information Officer
- Wide Area Network
- PACS Systems for members’ imaging departments
- Technology upgrades (hardware and software)
- Development of a Quality of Care Database
Shared information technology programs include: conversion from paper and film to all digital records; hospital legacy information systems integration; data disaster recovery; data security; and centralized applications for email, network server, website hosting and support.
Technical training and assistance has also been provided, funded partially or in full via grant support, including: standardization of hospital department policies and procedures; quality assurance management; maximization of reimbursement through proper coding; strategic planning; review of hospital operations; development of charge master; board development; and financial management.