Rural leaders conference a “collaboration” success

Rural health care

Nearly 60 participants gathered in Fort Pierre on June 14 and 15 to attend the Rural Health Leaders Conference. The event was a collaborative event sponsored by the South Dakota Healthcare Financial Management Association, Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas, the South Dakota Office of Rural Health, and the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations.

The conference featured speakers and panelists who addressed relevant health care issues, with an emphasis on rural and frontier perspectives. The keynote speakers included; Benjamin Anderson, CEO, Kearny County Hospital, Lakin, Kansas, who shared an inspirational keynote presentation related to his organizations “journey to excellence” in one of the most culturally diverse and medically underserved areas in the country and Lt Governor Matt Michels, who provided insights into the state budget’s future impact on health care delivery in the state. The event concluded with a joint presentation on a community focused health care “Quality through Collaboration”.

Plans are already underway for the 2018 event which is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 & 7 at Drifters Conference Center in Fort Pierre, SD.