Rural health focus is next month in Allegany County

Jones Memorial Hospital will be celebrating the Power of Rural next month as it hosts a Family Fun and Fitness Night in Belmont and also welcomes a new family nurse practitioner to its Bolivar Primary Care facility.

Shelby Knapp, FNP

The Belmont event, to be held from 6PM to 8PM Thursday, November 16, at Genesee Valley Central School, 1 Jaguar Drive, will be part of a National Rural Health Day (NRHD) observance hosted by the Wellsville hospital, the school, the Allegany County Department of Health, and Ardent Solutions.

It will feature demonstrations, games, services of community organizations, and 6:30PM to 7:30PM open swimming.

In addition to corn hole, giant connect 4 and a jump rope contest, elementary students will be able to participate in a coloring activity for a small prize.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and rural-focused organizations throughout the United States set aside the third Thursday of November as an opportunity to celebrate the Power of Rural and honor individuals and organizations dedicated to addressing the unique healthcare needs of nearly 61 million people living in rural America.

Additional information about the national observance, including resources and tools, is available at

The event is occurring the same week as Shelby Knapp, FNP, who is described as having a passion for rural health, joins the hospital’s Bolivar Primary Care practice.

Knapp received her master’s degree as a family nurse practitioner earlier this year from Wilkes University and has worked as a registered nurse in inpatient care, also having experience in outpatient care management and wound care.

She is specialized in critical care, emergency medicine, inpatient medical-surgical, and mental health services, and recently worked as a care manager at the Finger Lakes VA, providing outpatient care.

Knapp will be seeing patients at the 120 First Street location, with appointments being available at (585) 928-1600.