The Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (FLEX) Grant Program is made available through the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Center for Rural Health. The FLEX Awards offered each year vary based on the needs and interests of our hospitals as well as national or state initiatives.

This year's FLEX program offered opportunities for hospitals to initiate community-based projects to prevent and/or decrease the incidence of chronic disease in rural areas; conduct a financial evaluation or revenue cycle analysis;  create or strengthen mental health programs; conduct an Operational assessment or scan; study new service lines or implement telemedicine services; create/implement community health programs or Care Management projects; or provide EMS educational programs and equipment purchases to upgrade overall competencies and capabilities.

Award Final Reports

2020 EMS Education Grant Report Template

2020 Financial Assessment-Revenue Cycle Grant Report Template

2020 Mental Health Award Report Template

2020 Operational Improvement Award Report Template

2020 Outpatient Services Grant Report Template

2020 Population Health Award Report Template


Award Applications

2021 EMS Education Award Application (4.31)

2021 Financial Assessment-Revenue Cycle Award Application (2.11)

2021 Mental Health Service Award Application (3.33)

2021 Operational Improvement Award Application (2.43)

2021 Outpatient Services Award Application (1.41)

2021 Population health Award (3.12)



2020-2021 Award Powerpoint