SHIP (Rural Health)

​​Small Rural Hospital Improvement Project​ (SHIP)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) makes funding available to assist small rural and critical access hospitals implement requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Indiana State Office of Rural Health provides funding to the Indiana Hospital Association who works with subject matter experts and professional consultants to provide education and training to all eligible hospitals. SHIP eligible hospitals include rural and critical access hospitals with 49 beds or less.

Indiana currently has 40 participating hospitals!

On July 1, 2019, the Indiana State Office of Rural Health awarded the Indiana Hospital Association a new SHIP grant for the upcoming 2019-2023 years. Compared to past SHIP grants awarded to IHA, the new grant cycle features five new projects over a four-year timeframe. The five projects are outlined in a cohort learning collaborative model to encourage group sharing and networking opportunities. The focus of the next four years will surround the following focus areas:

  • Improving Practices Around Mental Health
  • Maximizing Reimbursement in the Outpatient Setting
  • Patient and Family Experience Community Forum
  • Special Innovation Project: Advancing the Health of Hoosiers in Rural Indiana*
  • Using Simulation to Promote Patient Safety 

Participating hospitals will have the opportunity to rotate to a different project each of the four years of the grant period. Hospitals will be asked to indicate their interest in each project on an annual application and cohorts will be developed based on these choices. *The Special Innovation Project is an additional project offering that will run for the entire length of the grant cycle and will provide a deeper examination of quality improvement techniques and best practices around health equity.

For more information about the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Project grant, please email Laurie Gerdt​ or call (317) 423-7728.​

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