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Recruitment Assistance Available For Rural Health Facilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, May 01, 2014
Halley Lee, (605) 773-3361 


Recruitment Assistance Available For Rural Health Facilities


PIERRE, S.D. – Applications are being sought for a state government program that helps rural medical facilities in South Dakota recruit nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and other health professionals.


The Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Assistance Program was launched in 2012 as part of Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s South Dakota Workforce Initiatives (SD WINS). It provides $10,000 incentive payments to eligible health professionals who complete three-year service commitments in communities up to 10,000 people.


“Recruiting health professionals is an ongoing challenge for our rural facilities,” the Governor said. “The recruitment assistance program is one tool the state can offer to help rural health facilities and we’re pleased so many communities find it helpful.”


Since 2012 the program has helped place 120 applicants in hospitals, nursing facilities and home health agencies in 49 towns across South Dakota. Participating health professionals included nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, dietitians, medical laboratory professionals and radiologic technologists.


The cost of the $10,000 incentive payment is split between the state and the employing facility, with health facilities in smaller communities paying a smaller share. The state covers 75 percent of the total for communities up to 2,500 people and 50 percent for those larger than 2,500 people.


Applications must be submitted by the employing health facility. The application period begins May 1. Application forms and additional information can be found on the state Department of Health website at ruralhealth.sd.gov.


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Sustaining essential healthcare services in rural and underserved areas is a priority goal of the Health 2020 initiative in the South Dakota Department of Health.