Parkview Huntington Hospital awarded nearly $750,000 grant for family medicine rural residency program

HUNTINGTON, IND. – July 24, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has awarded Parkview Huntington Hospital a grant for nearly $750,000 to create a family medicine rural residency program.

According to HRSA, the Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grant was created to expand the number of accredited rural residency training programs and subsequently increase the number of physicians choosing to practice in rural areas of the United States. At a press conference today, Parkview and HRSA representatives shared their excitement to increase access to quality health care for rural residents.

“This grant provides us with the opportunity to explore how we can better train and attract more family medicine physicians to serve patients in our rural communities,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “Research demonstrates that physicians who train in rural communities are likely to stay in those communities to practice medicine. This program will help ensure quality care close to home for more patients in northeast Indiana.”

“The health challenges in rural America are clear: rural communities face a greater risk of poor health outcomes than their urban counterparts,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “Programs like the Rural Residency Planning and Development grants take aim at one of the most persistent disparities: access to high quality healthcare providers. HRSA is committed to increasing the number of providers serving rural communities and improving health in rural America.”

Parkview Huntington Hospital is one of 27 Rural Residency Planning and Development Program grant recipients nationwide, and the only recipient in HRSA’s six-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Anticipated to begin in 2022, Parkview’s program would accommodate four family medicine residents per year. The first year of residency would be completed in Fort Wayne, while years two and three would be completed in Huntington.

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