Ellenville Regional Hospital was proud to be a contributing part of the AHA Rural Healthcare Leadership Conference

The American Hospital Association's 2019 Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, February 3-6, in Phoenix, AZ, brought together top practitioners and thinkers to share strategies and resources for accelerating the shift to a more integrated and sustainable rural health system. They examined the most significant operational, financial and environmental challenges and presented innovative approaches to enable hospitals to transform their delivery model and business practices.

The AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference offered a powerful focus on innovative ideas, thoughtful insights, and tested strategies for responding to an ever-changing world.

Ellenville Regional Hospital was proud to be a contributing part of this innovation-based conference. Steven Kelley, President & CEO; Ashima Butler, VP & COO; and Robert Donaldson, NP, Clinical Director, Emergency Department (ED) presented a session on Fighting the Opioid Epidemic through Collaboration between a Critical Access Hospital and a Federally Qualified Health Center. They explained how a collaboration between the hospital and the Family Practice Center on their campus led to the implementation of a new model of care that has successfully decreased opioid administration in the ED, especially to high utilizing, chronic pain patients. The program also connected those patients to primary care services, including pain management, outside of the emergent setting. They focused on how the new Pain Policy helped to build a community approach and care continuum to better manage care of this vulnerable population, while reducing the use of opiates in their treatment.


Innovating, collaborating, providing award-winning care. At Ellenville Regional Hospital, we deliver healthcare with compassion and respect based on our commitment to improving our community health through excellence, innovation and technology. We set ourselves very high goals, and we meet them. Using innovative techniques, assembling a brilliant staff and collaborating with exceptional partners, we have transformed a small hospital into a big success story. For more information, please visit www.ellenvilleregional.org or visit us on Twitter at @ellenvillereg.


Photo from left:

Steven L. Kelley

Ashima Butler

Bob Donaldson