Patricia Whaley, Executive Director
502 Seventh St. South, Cordele, GA 31015-1443
General Fax: 229-401-3077 ● Administrative Fax: 229-401-3084
The State Office of Rural Health (SORH) works to improve access to health care in rural and underserved areas and to reduce health status disparities.
- Empower communities to strengthen and maintain the best possible health care using existing resources.
- Provide up-to-date health systems information and technical assistance.
- Build strong partnerships to meet local and regional needs.
- Provide incentives to local areas to implement integrated service delivery systems.
- Be the single point of contact for all regional issues related to heath care.
- Rural Georgians are less healthy than those living in urban areas
- Rural Georgians are more likely to be under-insured or uninsured
- Rural Georgians are more likely to suffer from heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer
For more facts, visit SORH Publications.
SORH provides funding for institutional framework that lnks small rural communities with State & Federal resources to help develop long-term solutions to rural health problems.
ER Diversion Grant Program
This program identifies and selects hospitals that presently have co-located or offsite primary care practices/sites that will serve as points of care for patients presenting to emergency departments for non-emergent services or that will establish a new primary care site for that purpose. This program will improve health status, lower cost through appropriate utilization and establish accountability for access and quality. The ER Diversion program will provide successful models of a health care system that provides access to primary, emergency and acute care that are appropriate and accessible to the consumer and can be replicated throughout Georgia and the nation.