Rural Hospital Leadership Award - Background

Leadership Award Background

The Rural Hospital Leadership Award from the AHA Section for Small or Rural Hospitals honors an individual who has guided his/her hospital and community through transformational change on the road to health care reform and displayed outstanding leadership and commitment to the Triple Aim – better health, better healthcare and lower costs.

The recipient will receive a stipend for 2018 of $1,500 to defray the honoree’s expenses to attend the AHA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, or Health Forum Rural Leadership Conference in Phoenix. The AHA will work with the recipient and finalists to provide national recognition of your achievements through media releases and announcements and feature stories in our national print and electronic media publications.

Applicants must be the chief executive officer, president or administrator of an AHA member hospital located in a rural area. We encourage applications from hospitals that demonstrate they are on the road to health care reform. The move from a fee-for-service to a value-based environment is prompting hospitals to focus more intently on quality and embrace population health management, defined as both “attributed” and geographic populations. Hospitals are becoming more clinically integrated and are making concerted efforts at better coordinated care. They also are dedicated to goals for improving the health of the community through increased access to primary care, appropriate admissions and reduced readmissions, along with making measurable gains in improving outcomes of care and reducing harm.

We request a description of your efforts on one or more of the following initiatives:

  • Coordinated care
  • Improved population health through disease specific or public health interventions
  • Clinical integration
  • Accountable care, bundled payments and managed risk
  • Advances in access to care
  • Increased capacity of clinical workforce
  • Extended or expanded access to coverage and
  • Improved outcomes

Applications must be submitted by August 31, 2018.
Award recipient and finalists are notified in November.

Application questions should be directed to Jumel Ola, Section for Small or Rural Hospitals at