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Rural healthcare budgets never seem to stretch far enough to provide leaders with all the information or tools they need to stay current and make the best decisions.


That’s why RHI offers industry-leading resources to eligible rural hospitals at absolutely no cost. New for 2023 is our exclusive REH Conversion Calculator, a powerful data analysis tool for anyone considering the Rural Emergency Hospital model.


Click below to learn more and register for your free, customized analysis.

In addition to free research and data tools, our partners donate a portion of their time to provide pro bono educational offerings in a wide range of formats. From an all-hands workshop to a board retreat, we can offer speakers and sessions geared to your specific needs.


Scroll down for a list of speakers and topics, then click the button to apply for your free educational session(s).


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joann Anderson

Former President & CEO

UNC Health Southeastern

With a national reputation developed over 40+ years, Joann brings unmatched experience in rural healthcare leadership, including long service as both a CEO (UNC Health Southeastern) and board member (Appalachian Regional Healthcare). 


Today, her consulting practice focuses on rural operations, board governance, and executive coaching. Connect with Joann on LinkedIn.

Speaking topics

  • Women in healthcare leadership

  • Rural operations: Matching needs to resources

  • Board roles: Governance vs management

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Terry Carden


Health Management Resources

A senior-level practice management executive and hospital/health system consultant with more than 30 years of experience, Terry is a nationally recognized expert in physician alignment strategies and the successful operation of hospital-operated physician practice networks. Since founding HMR in 1991, Terry has specialized in helping clients envision, develop and implement effective, sustainable, efficient physician practice networks that meet the needs of all stakeholders – community, hospital and physicians. Connect with Terry on LinkedIn.

Speaking topics

  • Physician Alignment Strategies

  • Physician Compensation Planning

  • Maximizing Revenue and Compliance Levels

  • Re-engineering Failing Physician Practice Networks

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Dawn carter

Founder & Senior Partner

Ascendient Healthcare Advisors

A hospital and healthcare consultant with more than 25 years of experience, Dawn is a forward-thinking leader and advocate of transformational healthcare delivery. Since first founding her practice in 1994, Dawn has specialized in helping her clients envision a future outside the traditional hospital “box” to include new delivery channels, innovative organizational models, and emerging opportunities for collaboration. Connect with Dawn on LinkedIn.

Speaking topics

  • Transformation

  • Transforming Payment

  • Transforming Care Delivery

  • Transforming Primary Care

  • The Maryland Fixed Payment Model

  • Strategic Planning

  • Healthcare Industry Trends

  • Merger, Acquisition and Affiliation: Trends, Benefits and Consequences

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Herbie Hames


Criterion Healthcare

For the past 32 years, Herbie Hames has been involved in the creation of healthcare facilities ranging from small rural clinics and hospitals to large tertiary teaching hospitals. His expertise in facility development and financing includes strategic and master planning, architectural programming and design, property management, and full development services.


In each stage of his healthcare career, Herbie has focused on improving the efficiency of the delivery of care through the built environment. He has spoken at the national level on the subject of alternative ownership structures for not-for-profit health systems.  He holds Master Degrees in Healthcare Administration from UNC Chapel Hill and in Architecture (Healthcare Planning and Design Studio) from Clemson University. Connect with Herbie on LinkedIn.

Speaking topics

  • Using Real Estate to Further Healthcare vs Healthcare to Further Real Estate

  • Hill Burton and Expansions vs the 21st Century Delivery of Care

  • Growing an Investment Group and a Foundation Group

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steve steinbacher


Criterion Healthcare

As an active primary healthcare real estate investor for over 20 years, Steve has seen firsthand how impassioned ownership by healthcare providers and community leaders has a direct and positive impact on the delivery of care. Working entrepreneurially to solve the complex problems of rural and community delivery of care issues is what drives Steve. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Steve is married to Erika Steinbacher, a family physician and graduate medical education professional. Connect with Steve on LinkedIn.

Speaking topics

  • Using Real Estate to Further Healthcare vs Healthcare to Further Real Estate

  • Alternative Financing for Healthcare Facilities

  • Community Collaborations for Growth

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Isaac Squyres


Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock

With over 20 years of experience building and executing winning issue campaigns, Squyres is a healthcare M&A expert, communications strategist and longtime public affairs advisor.

He began serving healthcare providers during the challenging M&A environment of the mid- and late-1990s. Since then he’s worked with hospitals and health systems of virtually every size. Prior to joining Jarrard Inc., he also served in lead campaign advisor roles for a state hospital association on a successful ballot measure initiative and a winning congressional campaign. Connect with Isaac on LinkedIn.

Speaking topics

  • Using Political Campaign Principles for Healthcare Communication

  • Seven Ways to Kill a Deal (and How to Prevent That from Happening)

  • A Grassroots Approach to Strategic Community Relations

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bob Wilson


Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Bob Wilson practices with the Healthcare Group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, resident in the Raleigh office where he also serves as office managing partner. For 40 years Bob has represented healthcare industry clients to find innovative and regulatory-compliant business solutions in the constantly changing healthcare industry. He devotes his law practice to the representation of healthcare providers such as community hospitals, academic medical centers, accountable care organizations, physician/hospital organizations, physicians, and physician groups, among others. Bob has a passion for the preservation of rural community-based healthcare, and he has represented a large number of rural community hospitals and healthcare systems, with a particular interest in distressed hospitals. Connect with Bob on LinkedIn.

Speaking topics

  • Healthcare System Development and Consolidation

  • Physician Alignment Strategies

  • Re-imagining Rural Community Hospitals

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Healthcare Compliance

  • Fraud and Abuse Matters

  • Affiliation

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