Published on May 14th, 2018

St. Luke’s Miners Rural Heath Clinics Receive National Award

St. Luke’s Miners Rural Health Clinics have received the 2018 Outstanding Rural Health Organization Award from the National Rural Health Association.

The award, which recognizes St. Luke’s commitment to expanding and improving access to health care in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties, was presented at the NRHA’s Annual Rural Health Conference and Rural Hospital Innovation Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana. On hand to accept the award on behalf of St. Luke’s was Nicole Geary, Office Coordinator for St. Luke’s Rural Health Clinics in Nesquehoning and Hometown.

“I am proud that our team was selected for the amazing work they do every day,” Micah Gursky, Administrator, St. Luke’s Rural Health Clinics, said. “In addition to providing top-quality and innovative clinical care, every one of our team members does truly care about our patients.”

St. Luke’s Rural Health Clinics provide over 12,000 patient visits annually, delivering high-quality primary care and community outreach programs to underserved populations in the two-county region. Among the innovative programs implemented by the Rural Health Clinics has been the Flinders Chronic Condition Management Program, an interventional initiative that has focused on improving the health of patients with diabetes and decreasing emergency department utilization among patients who had previously demonstrated unusually high rates of emergency department usage. 

Other community outreach and health promotion initiatives include “Adopt-A-School” programs, connecting students and families to the health care system; a dental health improvement program; ongoing mobile health van services for schools; in-school programming for students on such topics as depression, tobacco cessation and substance abuse; the Walk with a Doc program; health education at local health fairs and farmer’s markets; and a community-supported agricultural program that provides fresh produce to residents. 

In addition, St. Luke’s Miners Hospital recently partnered with the local transportation system to develop a fixed bus route with regularly scheduled stops at St. Luke’s Miners Hospital. Patients from surrounding communities can now coordinate appointments using this transportation service.

The St. Luke’s Miners Campus Rural Health Clinics were nominated for the award by Kelly Braun, Dental Delivery Systems Coordinator, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.


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