2016 Awards

2017 RHAO Awards Nominations are NOW OPEN!

Nominations are due Friday, April 7th by 5pm CST.

2017 Awards Nomination



Click to see the Award Winner Brochure Final.

All WinnersA few of this year’s winners pictured above are (left to right): Michelle Bero, RN, Diabetes Educator, Community Diabetes Education Outreach Program (CDEOP); Becky Zook, Program Coordinator, CDEOP; Mindy Snowden, Tri-CHIO Board member (Rural Health Program of the Year), and Dr. John M. Huser, III (Rural Provider of the Year).

Alison and JeffAllison Schultz (left) with Great Salt Plains Health Center accepts the Rural Administrator of the Year award for Tim Starkey from Jeff Hackler, RHAO President (right).  Mr. Starkey who was unable to attend the awards luncheon.




Know someone who is deserving of recognition for their work in rural health?  The Rural Health Association of Oklahoma will open applications for the 2017 Rural Health Awards in the fall/winter of 2016.  The award categories are:  Rural Physician of the Year, Rural Administrator of the Year, Rural Health Program of the Year, and Rural Legislative Excellence (one nominee is chosen from both the Senate and House of Representatives).


2015 Awards


Dr. Bierig award










Rural Physician of the YearDr. Kirt Bierig, D.O.

Okeene Municipal Hospital, Okeene


Farrell award 1











Rural Health Administrator

Darin Farrell, CEO, Arbuckle Memorial Hospital

Sulphur, OK


Office of Rural Health award 4







Rural Health Program of the Year

Oklahoma Office of Rural Health


RepInmanAward 1











Rural Legislative Excellence

Representative Scott Inman, District 94

Oklahoma County


Rural Legislative Excellence

Senate: Sen. Susan Paddack, Ada, District 13

Garvin, Hughes, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, and Seminole Counties