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Recruiting and Retraining in Rural Health

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Accessing quality healthcare can be difficult in a large urban city, but it can be impossible if you live in a remote area. Consider the following obstacles: 1. Many rural community residents (regions having ninety-nine or fewer people per square mile) cannot get to an emergency department quickly enough given distance.  Others often cannot or [...]

Accountable Care Organizations, Affiliations and the Critical Access Hospital – Part 2

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Read the first installment of this seriers here. For the last thirteen years, The Neenan Company and Michael Curtis have been working with Stroudwater Associates and Dougherty Mortgage to help critical access hospitals replace and upgrade their facilities to provide improved access, better quality and more cost efficient care in their communities. In this second [...]

Accountable Care Organizations, Affiliations and the Critical Access Hospital – Part 1

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Economic uncertainty, difficulty in retaining and recruiting reliable and productive staff and practitioners, and ever changing healthcare legislation can make anyone anxious when leading a successful rural hospital organization. According to Stroudwater Associates, in 2009, 31% of smaller, usually rural hospitals were part of a health system, compared to 61% of community hospitals, and 73% [...]

Rural Hospital Replacement: What Happens?

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In 1946, the Hill-Burton Act proclaimed that there should be a hospital for every thousand people and created funding mechanisms to promote this vision. Subsequently, throughout the 1950s, medical facilities in rural areas blossomed. Inevitably, buildings wear out with time. Add in massive changes in healthcare delivery needs today from 60 years ago, and its [...]

Closing the Digital Divide for Rural Healthcare

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If youre reading this blog, its likely that you have reliable broadband access and have used the internet to store and transfer personal information. Youre part of a constantly growing ethereal urban-type community that brings people and information together. Every year policy frameworks and societal expectations are united even more strongly with the world of [...]

Funding Community Health Care Centers

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The very definition of underserved population implies that funding is difficult and facilities lacking. Yet when it comes to healthcare, several avenues are open to filling in the funding gaps. One previously profiled route is the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation, which specifically addresses rural communities through specialized Medicaid funding. Another status is the Federally [...]

Rural Critical Access Hospital Financing Tips

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Rural hospital infrastructure is due for an overhaul in many parts of the United States. While financing new hospitals is a large task even under the best circumstances, in lower-population areas, issues like aging buildings and employee retention tend to spell financial trouble. Many rural healthcare facilities however, are designated as critical access hospitals (CAHs), [...]

Community Matters for NRHA Members

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Former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders opened the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference during late May in Savannah speaking on the theme of Community Matters. For her, being part of the community working to improve the healthcare system comes down to: Caring about each other Using current Opportunities Being Motivated Creating Movement in our [...]

Will you help us or not? Raising funds and rallying community for critical access hospitals – Part 2

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This is the second part of a tale (read Part 1 here) of how one doctor driven by passion, faith and belief in a greater common good inspired a small rural community to build a critical access hospital, as told by Michael Curtis, VP of Business Development. Dr Haug tells me he’s going to a [...]

Will you help us or not? Raising funds and rallying community for critical access hospitals – Part 1

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This is a tale of how one doctor driven by passion, faith and belief in a greater common good inspired a small rural community to build a critical access hospital. It is a tale of individual and communal dreams and health. A tale of relentless passion and unending obstacles. A tale of dreams and visions [...]