National USDA and White House Representatives Visit MercyOne to Discuss Rural Health Care

On Friday, Sept. 6,  MercyOne staff met and shared information about the organization’s role in rural health care with national representatives including Nora Stein, program examiner of the Office of Management and Budget from the White House, and Curtis Anders, chief of staff of the USDA Rural Development Rural Utilities Service, who were touring sites across the state to see first-hand the impact of USDA’s grant investments. The USDA awarded a nearly $93,000 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant to MercyOne Des Moines Foundation, which will be used to provide access to specialty medical services through interactive two-way audio and video technology for MercyOne. The telemedicine services primarily focus on diagnosing and treating patients in outpatient settings, with the goal to improve access to health care for patients and their families in rural communities.

Visitors:

Nora Stein, Program Examiner, Office of Management and Budget, White House

Curtis Anderson, Chief of Staff, USDA Rural Development Rural Utilities Service

Aaron Morris, Assistant Deputy Administrator, USDA Rural Development Rural Business-Cooperative Service

Grant Menke, State Director, USDA Rural Development in Iowa

Thomas Jensen, General Field Representative, USDA Rural Development

Darin Leach, Associate Director, USDA Rural Development in Iowa

MercyOne:

Mike Trachta, Senior Vice President of Network Affiliates, MercyOne

Sam Ayers, Vice President of Operations, MercyOne Medical Group

Dr. Jennifer Goerbig-Campbell, Cardiologist, MercyOne

Fred Eastman, Telehealth Technology Manager, MercyOne

Pamela Villacorta, Division Director, Digital and Virtual Health, MercyOne

Shannon Cofield, President, MercyOne Des Moines Foundation

Lisa Pagel, Grants Manager, MercyOne Des Moines Foundation

Cory Ohorilko, Clinic Manager, Iowa Heart Center

 

Photo Caption:
Back row, left to right: Sam Ayers, Vice President of Operations, MercyOne Medical Group; Mike Trachta, Senior Vice President of Network Affiliates; MercyOne, Thomas Jensen, General Field Representative; USDA Rural Development, Grant Menke, State Director; USDA Rural Development in Iowa; Shannon Cofield, President, MercyOne Des Moines Foundation; Darin Leach, Associate Director, USDA Rural Development in Iowa; Fred Eastman, Telehealth Technology Manager, MercyOne.
Front row, left to right: Pamela Villacorta, Division Director, Digital and Virtual Health, MercyOne; Nora Stein, Program Examiner, Office of Management and Budget, White House; Aaron Morris, Assistant Deputy Administrator, USDA Rural Development Rural Business-Cooperative Service; Curtis Anderson, Chief of Staff, USDA Rural Development Rural Utilities Service; Lisa Pagel, Grants Manager, MercyOne Des Moines Foundation.

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