The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) is a non-profit, horizontal hospital network governed by the Chief Executive Officers of all hospitals in Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Columbia, Chicot, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Jefferson, and Union counties in the state of Arkansas.
Over the past decade, ARHP has grown from five to twelve-member hospitals, obtained over $12M in grant funding, and successfully implemented and sustained 52 grant-funded programs across the 22-county rural service area. Our service area includes: 12 member hospitals, 54 member & affiliate clinics, & 3 partner clinics without affiliation. ARHP has become a reference point and model for rural health innovation and collaboration across the state and nation.
Our board has recognized the importance of teamwork and has successfully navigated challenging situations over the years. Despite a lack of resources in the service area, ARHP members have built and maintained partnerships at the state and national level.
ARHP leadership has prioritized professional development and networking opportunities among partners and program staff with the understanding that it is critical for the network to remain relevant and up-to-date with the changing healthcare landscape. Even while our small rural hospital partners have struggled financially, they have not stopped paying their membership dues. Instead, they are looking to cut costs by engaging with network partners in new cost-saving initiatives.