Rural Health Networks are rapidly increasing in popularity due to forced competition among providers for a shrinking and less lucrative share of the health care market. This unmanaged and often ruthless competition has promoted the deterioration of rural health care and estranged many rural providers and consumers.The Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network, Inc. (LORHN) was established in 1994 as a non-profit corporation designed to provide for the special and specific needs of the residents, visitors, and businesses in the Lake Okeechobee area; with extended services to Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, Western Martin, and Western Palm Beach counties.LORHN is a network of professionals committed to identifying innovative ways to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of its members with the highest quality of service. LORHN provides the legal structure necessary for rural health providers to collaborate their efforts to improve quality, reduce cost, and avoid duplication of services.Providers who are members of LORHN will be able to develop and implement cooperative agreements that consolidate services and technologies. These agreements should reduce costs and stimulate productivity among network providers, furnishing them with a competitive advantage over non-network providers.
To improve access to quality healthcare for Rural residents of Glades, Hendry, Martin, Okeechobee, and Palm Beach Counties and stimulate the financial viability of providers and communities within the Network through planning and coordinated utilization of limited health care.