Expand Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Incentives

Hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities in rural South Dakota needed to be able to offer greater incentives to successfully recruit professionals. South Dakota WINS enhanced this recruitment assistance program by providing higher payment incentives to attract more providers to rural South Dakota.

Purpose of the Expand Rural Healthcare Facility Recruitment Incentives program: Assist facilities in recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals by providing higher payment incentives to attract more providers to rural South Dakota.

Goals:

  1. Increase the number and type of professionals successfully recruited to rural areas.
     
  2. Target rural communities that most need assistance recruiting and retaining health professionals.

Accomplishments:

  • Doubled the incentive payment to $10,000 for eligible dietitians, RNs, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, medical laboratory scientists, LPNs, paramedics, medical laboratory technicians and radiologic technologists under the recruitment incentive program.
  • Increased the service commitment for participating professionals from two to three years.
  • Focused on facilities in rural communities that most need assistance recruiting and retaining health professionals.
  • Demonstrated the state's commitment to rural health facilities by an annual appropriation of general funds.

To view information about the existing program, check this link:

Rural Health Facility Recruitment Assistance Program

Updates:

New Recruitment Program Helps Rural Health Facilities