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Small Rural Hospital Improvement (SHIP) Grant Program


The Federal Office of Health Policy's Small Rural Hospital Improvement (SHIP) Grant Program provides funding to small rural hospitals to help them do any or all of the following:

  • Pay for costs related to the implementation of the prospective payment system (PPS)
  • Comply with provisions of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and
  • Reduce medical errors and support quality improvement.

The Office of Minority Health and Public Health Policy administers the SHIP Grant Program. Hospitals that meet the following requirements are eligible to participate in the SHIP Grant Program:

General acute care hospitals

  • with fewer than 49 eligible beds and
  • that are located outside a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) or
  • located in a rural census tract

Virginia's SHIP hospitals are:

Bath County Community Hospital
Bedford Memorial Hospital
Buchanan General Hospital
Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital
Carilion Giles Memorial Hospital
Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital
Dickenson County Hospital
Lee Regional Medical Center
Mountain View Regional Medical Center
Page Memorial Hospital
Pulaski Community Hospital
R. J. Reynolds-Patrick County Memorial Hospital
Rappahannock General Hospital
Riverside Tappahannock Hospital
Russell County Medical Center
Shenandoah Memorial Hospital
Smyth County Community Hospital
Southampton Memorial Hospital
Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center
Southside Community Hospital
Tazewell Community Hospital
Warren Memorial Hospital
Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital
Wythe County Community Hospital

For more information about the Small Hospital Improvement Program, contact Aileen Harris.


Last Updated: 04-01-2013

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