Those of us who work in rural healthcare are very fortunate, in that we know our patients. I mean REALLY know our patients. We know their birthdays, their family members (by name); we have celebrated births and deaths, and have broken bread at many community suppers. It truly is a large extended family.
With all of the uncertainty and change in healthcare today, our community is blessed to still hold on to our local hospital. Rural hospitals are an important asset in many communities across the US – to the communities they serve, to patients and their families, and to the people who work in their facilities. But they face increasing challenges – financial, operational and political. Sustaining these rural hospitals couldn’t be more important today.