MultiPlan's Rural Grant Program

A hospital's relationship with its community is an integral part of its ability to serve residents and improve their access to healthcare. Since 1995, MultiPlan's Rural Health Outreach Grant Program has awarded over $520,000 to help rural hospitals reach out with programs and services that address the healthcare needs of their communities.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 MultiPlan Rural Health Outreach Grant —

  • Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center in Elgin, North Dakota. This 25-bed critical access hospital serves southwestern North Dakota, with affiliated clinics in Elgin and Glen Ullin. Jacobson Memorial Hospital is the only medical facility in Grant County and the only hospital within a 70-mile radius. The grant award will allow the hospital to purchase two portable Vscan ultrasound machines. These scanners will improve patient care at Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center and its affiliated clinics by allowing the use of ultrasound technology to immediately identify critical health issues.

  • Vidant Edgecombe Hospital in Tarboro, North Carolina. As the only hospital in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, this full-service 117-bed acute care facility provides services to more than 56,000 residents in Edgecombe and neighboring counties. Vidant Edgecombe will use the grant to promote male prostate cancer awareness among low income African American men, who are reported to be disproportionally affected by the disease. The program will recruit African American barber shops to provide community education and outreach in promoting the concept of screening and early detection of prostate cancer. Each shop will be provided with educational materials stressing the importance of early detection methods, screening, and access to care and other resources.

  • Hill County Memorial in Fredericksburg, Texas. This 86-bed hospital located in Central Texas serves approximately 191,000 people across eight counties. The facility will use the grant money to expand an existing program called "Red in Fred." The primary purpose of Red in Fred is to promote and increase awareness, knowledge and access to free heart health screenings to address women's heart health issues.

Eligibility requirements
Applying hospitals must meet these requirements to be eligible for a Rural Health Outreach Grant:

  • The applicant must be a participating provider of the MultiPlan, PHCS, HealthEOS, Beech Street or Texas True Choice networks.
  • The applicant must be a hospital in a rural area with population less than 1,000 persons per square mile.
  • The facility must provide acute care.
  • The facility must be considered an inpatient hospital.

For more information about the MultiPlan Rural Health Outreach Grant, contact us at