On July 10th, River Valley Health & Dental hosted a visit from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the PA Office of Rural Health to discuss the CMS Framework for Advancing Health Care in Rural, Tribal, and Geographically Isolated Communities and other important topics related to the facility. They were interested to know if the framework meets needs and how they can improve it. They took a facility tour and met with various River Valley Health & Dental Leadership members afterward.

CMS, HRSA, and the PA Office of Rural Health have been visiting rural health facilities to actively listen to concerns, challenges, and successes in providing health care to rural communities. They are seeing and conducting listening sessions with rural facilities nationwide and engaging with individuals, organizations, and government entities to shape the framework. This framework aims to provide an integrated, action-oriented approach toward advancing health equity among historically underserved or disadvantaged members of communities and for providers, plans, and other organizations serving such communities.

River Valley Health & Dental is committed to providing quality care to all members of our community, especially those in rural areas. We appreciate the opportunity to engage with CMS, HRSA, and the PA Office of Rural Health to discuss how we can continue to improve our services and meet the needs of our patients. We look forward to working together to advance health equity and promote better health outcomes for all.

Pictured left to right: Sandee Kyler, PA Office of Rural Health; Dr. Dan Bozza, Dental Director, RVHDC; James Yoxtheimer, President & CEO RVHDC; Rhonda Jackson, HRSA; Andrea Weinhoffer, Chief Human Resource Officer RVHDC; Emily Drick, Chief Quality Officer, RVHDC; Karla Sexton, Compliance Officer, RVHDC; Jackie Oliva, Director of Community Engagement and Grants Management RVHDC; Max Houseknecht, Jr., Chief Financial Officer RVHDC.

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