Melinda A. Merrell serves as Senior Program Director for the SCORH, providing oversight and guidance for all programmatic activities of the office. In addition, her area of programmatic focus is South Carolina’s rural hospitals through coordination of the activities of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program. Through this federal program, rural communities receive training and technical assistance for quality improvement, financial and operational improvement, and health systems development in their organizations. Melinda works with providers and staff to ascertain needs and facilitate solutions in these areas.
Prior to joining SCORH in 2010, Melinda was the Director of the Northeastern Rural Health Network located in rural Chesterfield, Dillon, and Marlboro Counties, South Carolina.
Melinda is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Services Policy and Management with the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. She received Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is also a National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert.