Ann K. Peton

Ms. Ann K. Peton, MPH

is the Director for the National Center for Rural Health Works and the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD) both located in Blacksburg, Virginia. She became the new Director for NCRHW in 2017 after the retirement of our cofounder Dr. Gerald Doeksen.

With over 30 years’ experience working with local, state and national entities and individuals regarding geographic information systems (GIS) applications and usage, Ms. Peton established NCAHD in order to create and provide the most complete and consistent set of healthcare workforce data and mapping tools in the nation for physicians and seventeen other non-physician healthcare providers.  Successful partnerships with AMA, AOA, HRSA and many other healthcare centers, national provider organizations and other stakeholders has affirmed NCAHD as a leader in support healthcare research, hospital network planning, grant writing and advocacy concerning healthcare workforce policy issues



Ryan M. Hutchinson

Mr. Ryan M. Hutchinson, M.S Econ

is the Assistant Director for the National Center for Rural Health Works located in Blacksburg, VA. He joined the NCRHW team in March 2018.

Mr. Hutchinson brings to the center expertise in economic modeling, trend analysis, and economic impact studies. He will be a large part of the marketing presence for the National Center, and hopes to provide the best service to the NCRHW stakeholders and clients.




NCRHW is and will continue to be an important voice

The National Center for Rural Health Works is an invaluable resource to the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its 2100 rural hospital members. AHA has collaborated with NCRHW for many years on multiple projects. For example, NCRHW was referenced in our TrendWatch, “Beyond Health Care: The Economic Contribution of Hospitals,” and featured in our two-part webinar series on the “Economic Impact of Rural Hospitals and Health Networks.” NCRHW is and will continue to be an important voice on the economic significance of rural hospitals to the communities they serve.

John Supplitt, Senior Director
American Hospital Directory Constituency Sections

Basic economic impact methodology could be applied to many areas

We originally partnered with the NCRHW to conduct economic impact of our new school, but soon realized that the basic economic impact methodology could be applied to many areas. We partnered with both the NCAHD and the NCRHW in our efforts to support our OneHealth initiatives by measuring the economic impact of both veterinarians and primary care physicians throughout our Appalachian region, which was a keystone tool/products that launched many of our other activities.

Jason Johnson,DVM, MS, DACT, Vice President and Dean
Lincoln Memorial University, College of Veterinary Medicine

NCRHW now a partner of VCOM

With nearly 60% of our graduates becoming primary care physicians and over 50% practicing in a rural or under-served setting, our school fully appreciates the economic and employment impact our students and schools have upon the nation. With NCRHW now a partner of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, we’ll share with faculty, students and stakeholders NCRHW’s vast resources through our vast education network.

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO , Provost and President
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine