Rural Healthcare

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust seeks to improve rural healthcare. While many Americans grapple with access to affordable health care, the obstacles faced by health care providers and patients in rural areas differ from those in urban areas. Because of lower average incomes, geographic isolation, and a severe shortage of qualified healthcare providers, rural Americans are often disadvantaged in their ability to access quality health care. The Rural Healthcare Program serves the upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Wyoming and western Minnesota and Iowa.

The Rural Healthcare Program aims to:

  • Strengthen healthcare institutions in rural communities, including hospitals, assisted-living facilities, skilled nursing centers and ambulatory care services.
  • Foster incentives for physicians to train and serve in rural areas.
  • Support the development and training of healthcare personnel.
  • Increase use of computers and information technology to train rural healthcare providers and allow for long-distance specialty consultation.
  • Provide multiyear support for funded projects.
  • Collaborate with other foundations to meet community needs.


  • Cancer Screening and Care
  • Pre-hospital Training and Care
  • E-technology for Hospitals and Other Healthcare Facilities


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