Sen. VanderWall appointed to board of rural health organization

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey on Tuesday appointed Sen. Curt VanderWall to the board of directors of the Michigan Center for Rural Health.

MCRH plays a key role in rural health care by assisting in the creation and implementation of partnerships among organizations, health departments, hospitals, government and academia.

“The work of the Michigan Center for Rural Health is critical to the delivery of quality health care in our rural communities,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “It is an honor to be serving on their board of directors. I look forward to helping them continue their vital work.”

Established in 1991, the Michigan Center for Rural Health is one of only three nonprofit State Offices of Rural Health in the nation.

MCRH creates new opportunities in the areas of network development, quality of care, emergency medical services, continuing education, and recruitment and retention of rural health care providers.

The center works with rural health clinics, puts on a workshop for emergency medical services leadership, sponsors an annual Michigan Rural Health Conference and co-sponsors National Rural Health Day.

For more information, see www.mcrh.msu.edu/index.html.