Strong rural hospitals require both smart affiliation strategies and federal policies, says LifePoint Health's Bill Carpenter

AHA News

Smart affiliation strategies and smart federal policies will be critical to the survival of many non-urban hospitals, says AHA board member William “Bill” Carpenter III, chairman and CEO of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Health – a health care organization that has one of the largest rural footprints in... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: consolidation, mergers, rural, Redefining the H, advocacy, governance, leadership, members, care coordination

Leading Rural Health Into the Next Frontier

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One of the best parts of my job is getting to travel the country and meet the women and men who are leading the way in redefining the “H” and transforming health care. Rodney Nelson, president and CEO of the Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace, MI, is one of those leaders. He sought new, creative... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, Redefining the H, awards, leadership

Come to the Rural Health Care Leadership Conference

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Rural hospitals are their community’s anchor. By providing 24/7 care, essential public services and access to primary care for the 57 million people that live in rural America, these hospitals are vitally important. But the challenges they face have never been bigger.

They include the move to value-based... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: rural, access, leadership

CDC: Rural Americans more likely to die from five leading causes

AHA News Now

Americans who live in rural areas are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease or stroke than their urban counterparts, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Detailed community-based case-control studies... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, rural

Unique partnerships help Rodney Nelson bring better care to his rural community

AHA News

Mackinac Straits Health System President and CEO Rodney Nelson is all about finding creative solutions to the challenges facing his organization.

It’s how he transformed a once-struggling critical access hospital and nursing home into a comprehensive rural health system for the people and communities he... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: rural, CAHs, Critical Access Hospitals, awards, leadership

Say 'ahhh' to doctor 400 miles away

AHA News

A physician with Rice Medical Center in rural Eagle Lake, Texas, can treat students nearly 400 miles away in tiny Sheffield (population 600) via telemedicine. His virtual tool-belt includes an electronic stethoscope that enables him to hear a patient’s heartbeat in real time and a high-definition camera... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, telemedicine

A promise to do what's best for the community keeps a rural hospital strong

AHA News

Island Hospital, a 43-bed county hospital in rural Anacortes, Wash., (population 16,000) is a healthy hospital building a healthier community. But there were lean times before Vince Oliver came on board as its president and CEO in 2000.  

At the time, the hospital had overextended itself beyond its... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: rural, governance, leadership

AHA webinar looks at hospital partnership to integrate care delivery

AHA News Now

AHA will host a Sept. 23 webinar for members on Stratus Healthcare, a partnership of 16 health systems and 30 community hospitals in Georgia working to clinically integrate care and achieve cost savings while improving the health of the population and keeping health care local. The webinar begins at 12... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, rural, clinical integration

2014 Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Award winner reshaping rural health care

AHA News

As CEO of Chadron (Neb.) Community Hospital & Health Services, Harold Krueger has harnessed the power of broadband communications to reshape rural health care in western Nebraska, eastern Wyoming and southern South Dakota, while extending his hospital’s reach deep into the rural communities it... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: rural

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