Pioneer Award Eligibility and Nomination Information


Nominees must be a CEO or administrator of a rural/small hospital that is an active Type 1 THA member. 

Selection Criteria
Nominees must demonstrate creative or innovative management achievements and leadership within their organizations and the communities served. Nominees also may be recognized for their collective body of work following several years of service as a rural hospital executive.

Nominations may be supported by letters; press releases; financial information; information about patient outcomes, programs and services; and any other information that validates the candidate’s leadership achievements (maximum 15 pages, including CV/resume).

Nominations may be submitted by a member of the Rural Hospital Constituency Council, a member of the nominee’s hospital staff, or a member of the community served by the hospital.

Selection Process
The Rural Hospital Constituency Council reviews all nominations and selects the award recipient by majority vote.

The honoree will be featured in THA publications and recognized at the THA Annual Conference and Expo.