Center for Rural Health Quarterly Meeting

Members of the Center for Rural Health converged on Macon on Tuesday, Feb. 13 for the first quarterly meeting of the year. About 60 rural health care professionals attended the event. The agenda featured an update on the current legislative session and a Rural Hospital Tax Credit Year 1 Summary.  Dr. Gary Dent and Dr. Jean Sumner from Mercer University School of Medicine were the featured presenters on resources for physicians practicing in rural markets and Mercer’s efforts to develop additional rural physicians.


* Tax Cuts and Jobs Act & the RHO Tax Credit Program by Wes Sternenberg, Draffin & Tucker

* Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program

* Georgia HEART Hospital Program Employee Giving Guide

* Payroll Deduction Calculator (password protected)

* Mercer University School of Medicine Presentation (Jean Sumner, M.D. and Gary Dent, M.D.)

Save the Dates


Executive Committee


Joe Ierardi

Wayne Memorial Hospital



Tripp Penn

Upson Regional Medical Center



Regional Trustees

David Sanders

Fannin Regional Hospital

Blue Ridge

Jan Gaston

Jasper Memorial Hospital


Mike Hester

Liberty Regional Medical Center


Robert Sellers

Optim Medical Center - Screven


At Large Trustees

Matt Gorman

Floyd Polk Medical Center



Lou Semrad

Jefferson Hospital



Kim Gilman

Phoebe Worth Medical Center


Department of Revenue Proposed Contribution Timeline
Center for Rural Health Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program EligibilityKeri Conley, Associate General Counsel &
Carie Summers, VP Healthcare Financing, Georgia Hospital Association

Eligibility Flow Chart for SB 258- Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program
Grassroots Fundraising - Patti Lyons, Executive Partner, Pride Philanthropy
Rural Hospital Tax Credit: Legal Considerations - Sarah F. Kuipers, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Tax and Record Keeping for SB 258 - Jim Creamer, Partner & Bert Bennett, Partner, Draffin & Tucker
Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program (SB 258) - Audio File - C. Bert Bennett, Partner, Draffin & Tucker

Year-End Celebrating Our Success 09-07-16

Legislation enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 authorized States to establish a State FLEX Program under which certain facilities participating in Medicare can become CAHS.  The following providers may be eligible to become CAHs:

  • currently participating Medicare hospitals;
  • hosptials that ceased operation after 11/29/1989; or
  • health clinics or centers (as defined by the State) that previously operated as a hospital before being downsized to a health clinic or center

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