Leaders in health transformation.

About The Rural

Honest sharing is the heartbeat of the Rural Collaborative. Our members subscribe to the belief that together we will survive, individually we will not. At the Collaborative, members actively support one another, sharing ideas and working collectively to achieve excellence in rural healthcare for their communities. Collaborative staff support members in this common goal.

The Collaborative was formed in 2003 by eight rural public hospital districts in Washington State and and has since grown to 26 members. As we continue to build TRC, interdependence among members will remain the key to adding value. Shared savings and reduced costs through interdependence has created significant financial advantages for our small, rural hospitals, which translates into their ability to better serve their communities.

At our 2023 Board Retreat, we committed to these strategic goals:

  1. Interdependence: Members regularly participate in initiatives to achieve financial savings, increased operational efficiencies, and mitigate external threats.
  2. Rural Payer Contracting: Establish fair and sustainable agreements between healthcare payers and rural providers, reducing administrative burdens for both parties, creating value and financial viability for members. 
  3. Access to Care: Access to high quality patient care in each community served is enhanced for Collaborative members through common projects and shared best practices. 
  4. Workforce: Members experience measurable improvements in recruiting and retaining their rural workforce. 

Our Vision

To accelerate the advancement of rural healthcare

Our Values

Our Purpose

Our Mission

We defend, create and design the future of rural health care through collective strategy and action.