The Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH) at The University of Arizona (UArizona) Health Sciences Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) is funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for the Arizona Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (AzSHIP).
AzSHIP currently includes 13 small rural hospitals (<50 beds) and Critical Access Hospitals (<25 beds, >35 mi from another facility, and operate a 24/7 emergency department). Funds ($12,000 per hospital) are used for fiscal and quality improvement and reform such as value-based purchasing, participating in accountable care organizations, and payment bundling.
In 2021, AzSHIP received funding through the American Rescue Plan for COVID-19 testing and mitigation at 16 Arizona hospitals. The ARP-SHIP Program runs until December 31, 2022 granting one-time funding of $246,600 to each eligible hospital (see map). Activities are to focus on improving hospital and health care operations and systems around general testing and mitigation and minor alterations and renovation.