Rural Hospital Quality Leadership Summit Report: Building and Sustaining Quality Leadership in Rural Hospitals

December 2010
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

The Rural Hospital Quality Leadership Summit: Building and Sustaining Quality Leadership in Rural Hospitals is the outcome of a December 2010 forum of accomplished and experienced experts from a cross section of Flex Programs, rural hospital networks, critical access hospitals, hospital and rural health associations, researchers, consultants and federal representatives who met to discuss rural hospital quality improvement and leadership. This booklet summarizes the discussion of the Summit’s goals to:

  • Gather knowledge about rural hospital quality and leadership to share with federal policy makers, state rural health leaders, network and system leaders, and rural hospital leaders
  • Generate a comprehensive list of lessons learned about rural quality initiatives from experienced key informants
  • Explore the viability of using business frameworks to manage quality initiatives that require major culture change
  • Examine the relationship between rural hospital leadership and sustainable quality excellence

Also included is a summary article produced by consultants Bob Hartl and Toni Pearson titled Two Days in December: A Report from the Rural Hospital Quality Leadership Summit.

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.