DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Health Resources and Services Administration
Rural Health Network Development Program
Former Grantee of Record:ARcare.
Original Period of Grant Support:May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2014.
Replacement Awardee:Siloam Springs Regional Health Cooperative, Inc.
Amount of Replacement Award:$179,748.
Period of Replacement Award:The period of support for this award is October 1, 2012, to April 30, 2014.
Section 330A(f) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 254(c)(f), as amended.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number:93.912.
Justification for the Exception to Competition:The primary goals of the project funded through the Rural Health Network Development Grant Program are to improve the capacity of network members to treat and prevent chronic disease, increase provider knowledge and effective use of health information technology, and strengthen network sustainability. The current grantee, ARcare, was originally awarded the Rural Health Network Development Grant D06RH21666 on May 1, 2011, to serve as the grantee of record representing the rural health network serving counties in northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma. Since May 1, 2011, the Siloam Springs Regional Health Cooperative, Inc. (SSRHC), an organization composed of the participating network members, was primarily responsible for administering the program activities of the Rural Health Network Development Project. SSRHC has now obtained 501(c)3 status; and ARcare notified HRSA that, while they will remain involved in the project, they would like to relinquish their responsibilities as grantee of record to SSRHC to ensure efficient administration of the award and strengthen the Network's future viability and growth. SSRHC has demonstrated a history of successfully managing and achieving project goals and now has the organizational structure to support the fiscal management responsibilities of the grant. This replacement award will