Center for Rural Health Quarterly Meeting

Next Meeting May 24

The next Center for Rural Health Quarterly Meeting will be May 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Macon Marriott City CenterRegistration information can be found on the GHA Event Calendar.

The agenda will feature an in-depth review of the 2018 Legislative Session, including the budget, micro-hospitals, improvements to the rural tax program, and Rural Health System Innovation Center. The afternoon session will focus on practical applications for rural hospitals to lower their employee benefit costs. This session was requested by several CRH Board members.  

More information will be forthcoming. Contact
Bill Wylie 770-249-4512 for questions.

February 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.


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


Payroll Deduction Calculator (password protected)
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

For more information, click here