Southeast Alliance Network receives grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

The Southeast Alliance Network is proud to announce the award of a $100,000 Rural Health Network Development Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant will be used to help plan and promote the development of Southeast Alliance Network activities. This network is a partnership between Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospitals, and community-based organizations serving 14 counties across southeast Oklahoma.


The Rural Health Network Planning Program promotes the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. Southeast Alliance Network was one of the 23 networks across the nation awarded a grant.

Teresa Huggins, Chief Executive Officer of Stigler Health and Wellness Center, is excited about this new opportunity, “This grant funding will allow a planning and collaborative opportunity to build relationships and meet the needs of Southeast Oklahoma where vulnerable patients are slipping through the cracks of a financially strained and struggling healthcare system.  Resources are scarce and this opportunity will allow several organizations to work together in care coordination efforts and maximize the resources available, as well as develop services to bridge the gaps left by the suffering rural health system”. 

“We need to begin to help key parts of the rural healthcare delivery system adapt to a changing healthcare environment and better serve their communities, as providers move from focusing on the volume of services to focusing on the value of services”, said Darryl Linnington, Regional Director of Financial Planning and Analysis of McAlester Regional Health Center. “This grant will help support one year of planning with the primary goal of helping the Southeast Alliance Network create a foundation for its infrastructure and focus on member efforts to address important regional and local community health needs across Southeast Oklahoma.”


MRHC is a regional 171-bed general acute care public trust hospital and healthcare hub serving eight counties in Southeast Oklahoma. With more than 650 employees, the hospital offers a wide array of clinics, and ancillary and outpatient programs.

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