NYS Association for Rural Health Announces This Year’s Award Recipients

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The New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH) announced this year’s recipients for the Rural Practitioner of the Year Award and the Outstanding Rural Health Program Award for 2018. The recipients will be honored during the 2018 Rural Health conference being held at Greek Peak Resort on September 27, 2018.

2018 Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award
Dr. Robert Delorme will be honored with this years Rural Health Practitioner award for his health leadership in southern Madison and northern Chenango counties. Dr. Delorme exemplifies the rural family physician with his understanding of multiple cascading challenges patients and medical professionals face in receiving and delivering rural primary care. Whether social or medical issues, Dr. Delorme has taken a personal approach to medicine by being available to his patients at all times of the day or night to see to their needs. Due to his dedication, Community Memorial Hospital has been able to open five Family Health Centers in rural communalities and has helped them achieve PCMH Level 3 recognition.

2018 Outstanding Rural Health Program of the Year Award
Dr. Zsuzsa Meszaros, Director of the Residency Training Program of the Department of Psychiatry, SUNY Upstate Medical university will be honored with this years Outstanding Rural Health Program award. With a severe shortage of psychiatrists serving rural communities, the Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University developed a rural academic partnership built on the following:
• Partnership with an existing rural mental health program
• Partners jointly recruit a Psychiatry Resident to spend at least 2 months per year the first 2 years and one day a week in the last 2 years of residency at the rural site
• Rural partner pays the salary of the assigned resident
• Resident, once four-year training program is completed, is obligated to work for the rural partner for five years

Partner organizations that are currently participating in the program are: Samaritan Medical Center, UHS Binghamton General Hospital, Oswego Health, and Mohawk Valley Health System.

The New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization working to preserve and improve the health of the citizens in rural New York State. NYSARH membership includes representatives of all facets of the rural health care industry, as well as individuals and students. On many different levels, NYSARH serves individuals, consumers, non-profit organizations, government agencies and officials, health care facilities, emergency medical service providers, long-term care organizations, businesses, universities, foundations, associations, and other stakeholders in rural health.