RURAL HEALTH COLLABORATIVE PILOT

Appointed by Secretary of Health:
Maria A. Maguire, M.D.; Teresa I. Schaefer, Ph.D.; Mary Thompson; Sara B. Visintainer. Terms expire 2021.

Mary B. Bourbon; Shelly L. Neal-Edwards; Anna L. Sierra; Sonia Solans Torres, Ph.D. Terms expire 2022.

Childlene Brooks; Michael R. Clark; Santo A. Grande, Ed.D.; two vacancies. Terms expire 2023.

Christina M. Bartz; Margaret E. Kalmanowicz; Maura A. Manley; one vacancy. Terms expire 2024.

RURAL HEALTH COLLABORATIVE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Appointed by Secretary of Health:
Matthew King, M.D.; Beth Ann Langrell; Timothy Shanahan, M.D.; April A. Sharp.

Ex officio (county health officers): vacancy, Caroline County; Roger L. Harrell, Dorchester County; William H. Webb, Kent County; Joseph A. Ciotola, Jr., M.D., Queen Anne's County; Fredia S. Wadley, M.D., Talbot County.

Ex officio: Kenneth D. Kozel, Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health; Sherry B. Perkins, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Anne Arundel Medical Center; Sara K. Rich, Chief Executive Officer, Choptank Community Health Systems, Inc.

Ronald G. Bialek, Executive Director (chosen by Executive Committee)

c/o Public Health Foundation
1300 L St., NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 218-4420
e-mail: rbialek@phf.org

Staff: Fredia S. Wadley, M.D.
c/o Talbot County Health Department
100 South Hanson St., Easton, MD 21601
(410) 819-5606
e-mail: fredia.wadley@maryland.gov
web: https://health.maryland.gov/mcrhc/pages/home.aspx


Report to Governor & General Assembly on standards & criteria for approving a rural health complex due Dec. 1, 2020 (Chapter 606, Acts of 2018).

Annual Report to Govenor & General Assembly on health care delivery in mid-dhore region due Dec. 1, beginning 2021 (Chapter 606, Acts of 2018).


In July 2018, Rural Health Collaborative Pilot was created by General Assembly (Chapter 606, Acts of 2018).

Collaborative was to head a regional partnership to build a rural health system in Mid-Shore Region, encompassing Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties. System accessed and used health care services to provide health care; align with State's Medicare Waiver; and improve rural health. Further, Collaborative mediated disputes within partnership; assisted local health care providers in collaborating; and promoted rural economic development in Mid-Shore Region. In addition, Collaborative ensured that county officials and residents were aware of health needs, and available resources in Mid-Shore Region.

For communities that lack access to essential community-based primary care, behavioral health, dental care, or specialty care, Collaborative worked to establish rural health complexes. After it assessed local needs, identified care delivery models, and built concensus on the local level, Collaborative recommended to Secretary of Health the building of a rural health complex.

Collaborative had between twenty-nine and thirty-five members appointed by Secretary of Health. Twelve members of Executive Committee also were members of Collaborative.

In Dec. 2021, Collaborative merged with Mid-Shore Local Health Improvement Coalition.

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