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Letcher man selected for post




ERNIE SCOTT

ERNIE SCOTT

A Letcher County man has been named director of the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), at the University of Kentucky (UK) Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH).

Ernie Scott joined KORH in January 2012 as a rural project manager, and assumed his new post on Nov. 1, following the retirement of former KORH Director Larry Allen, who held the position for more than a decade.

“We are certainly fortunate to have had Larry Allen’s expert leadership and service for the last decade. And, now we are pleased to welcome Ernie Scott to his new position. I am confi- dent his years of experience and passion for rural health

A Letcher County man has been named director of the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), at the University of Kentucky (UK) Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH).

Ernie Scott joined KORH in January 2012 as a rural project manager, and assumed his new post on Nov. 1, following the retirement of former KORH Director Larry Allen, who held the position for more than a decade.

“We are certainly fortunate to have had Larry Allen’s expert leadership and service for the last decade. And, now we are pleased to welcome Ernie Scott to his new position. I am confi- dent his years of experience and passion for rural health will enable him to support many rural communities in their efforts improve quality and access to health care,” said Dr. Fran Feltner, director of the UK CERH.

Prior to his role at KORH, Scott was employed at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation as the director of planning and special projects. He has more than 15 years of rural healthcare experience – ranging from clinic to hospital to academic settings – and also serves on a number of national, regional, state and local advisory boards and boards of directors.

Scott will oversee all aspects of the KORH, including the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP), The Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program (KSLRP) and the Kentucky Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX). KORH provides a framework for linking small rural communities with state and federal resources while working toward long-term solutions to rural health issues.

Scott is a graduate of the Hazard Community College Radiologic Technology Program and also holds a bachelor of arts in health care administration from Midway College. He lives in Letcher County with his wife, Tiffany, and their sixyear old daughter.

The UK CERH, which is based in Hazard and employs 180, serves as the federally designated KORH. The mission of the UK CERH is to improve the health of rural Kentuckians.


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