December 2019

December 2019

Happy Holidays, Flex Coordinators!

It’s hard to believe another year is over. As we look into the new year, we are excited to continue the work of Flex, and pleased to have Victoria (Tori) Leach on board as the new Flex Coordinator beginning January 13, 2020. Tori has worked as a public health analyst at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) for the past three and a half years. In her previous role, Tori worked within the Hospital State Division as a Project Officer for the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) grant, Regions C and D. Tori also served as Program Coordinator for the State Office of Rural Health Coordination and Development (NOSORH) Cooperative Agreement. Tori is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from the Kyrgyz Republic where she worked in a small rural health clinic, focusing on Women’s Health and HIV/AIDS issues in her small rural community. Tori graduated from Union College with degrees in Health Systems, Biology and Religious Studies and is currently a MBA candidate at Georgetown University. She enjoys hiking and yoga, and spending time with her pup, Eagle.

As a reminder, the final reports for the Fiscal Year (FY) 18 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Supplements are due Friday, January 17, 2020. The Flex EMS End of Year Report template is available on the TASC website. This will be submitted in EHB under your previous H54 grant number folder for the Flex grant, not the new FY19 U2W folder. For those states that still have some EMS Supplement activities underway as part of a no-cost extension, please send an email to your project officer and Owmy Bouloute with the anticipated completion date.

Thanks for all the work you’ve done to help support rural hospitals this year and beyond. This program has an impact because of the work you do and we appreciate what you do!

Kristi Martinsen

Hospital State Division Director

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,009,121 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.