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Michigan RHC Quality Network

The Michigan Rural Health Clinic Quality Network is an initiative started by dedicated RHCs throughout Michigan and the Michigan Center for Rural Health with a goal to measure and improve the quality of care in Michigan RHCs.In 2017, we formalized the RHC Quality Network, electing an executive board, adopted bylaws, added membership opportunities and changed our name to Michigan Rural Health Clinic Network. Moving forward the Michigan Rural Health Clinic Network (MRHCN) will still have an open meeting format for our quarterly meetings, however, we have added member only benefits to those who are committed to quality and financial benchmarking, as well as, additional education and compliance resources.


The PURPOSE of the Rural Health Clinic Network is to connect people, data, and resources to strengthen and benefit the RHC community and patients."


If your clinic has never been an official member before, now is the time to join and receive the new and exciting member benefits for the 2018 year.

Those seeking membership for the first time should fill out an application can use the MRHCN fillable Membership Application (new members or those with changes). It is only $50 per year and for hospital owned practices, you can enroll up to five practices for a single payment of $50. (If unsure of your member status, call us at 517-353-6891 for a quick lookup.)

Benefits of Membership

  • Representation & “your voice” in Washington before Congress and federal agencies
  • Free Practice Operations National Database (POND) providing essential financial and benchmarking data.
  • Experts available to provide information about policies affecting practice in rural areas
  • Networking opportunities with other rural health clinic providers, policy-makers, and representatives from businesses serving rural health clinics
  • Timely publication of legislative alert on issues of importance to rural health clinics
  • Opportunities to be at the forefront of policy development by serving on the Executive Board
  • Exclusive arrangements with businesses that work with RHCS
  • Discounted Educational programs
  • FREE Online webinars

Strategic Imperatives 2018-2023

  • RESOURCES: Established as the trusted and relied upon source
  • DATA: Provide value via meaningful data services
  • PEOPLE: Strengthen a sense of community, connectedness, and belonging
  • Strengthen the Network Infrastructure

Executive Committee

  • President – Keisha Sexton
  • Vice President – Amanda Shelast
  • Secretary – Vacant
  • Treasurer – Jenna Sharkey
  • Members - Kimberly Shiner, Ruanne Vander Veen, Tami Wahl,

Aspects of every RHC Network Meeting

  • Core measure discussion
  • Subject matter expert presentation
  • Best practices surrounding quality improvement in Michigan RHCs (presented by RHC staff)
  • Round table discussion on any issue related to RHCs

RHC Core Measures

  • Controlling High Blood Pressure (NQF #0018)
  • Preventive Care and Screening: Tobacco Use Cessation Intervention (NQF #0028b)
  • Preventive Care and Screening: Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening and Follow-Up Plan (NQF #0421)


POND™ is a unique benchmarking program which focuses on rural-relevant financial, operational, productivity and compensation measures. POND provides a vehicle for rural practices to selectively share blinded operational and productivity data and to use peer benchmark information to guide improvements in performance and inform recruitment/retention and hospital-physician alignment activities. - available exclusively to members only

Upcoming Meetings

  • November TBD

Recent Presentations & Meeting Notes

Practice Operations National Database

Practice Operations National Database

POND is a unique benchmarking program which focuses on rural-relevant financial, operational, productivity and compensations measures.

More Information

Contact Information

Jill Oesterle
Manager for Rural Health Clinic Services
909 Wilson Road
B-218 West Fee Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Direct Line: 517-353-6891
Fax: 517-432-0007