Need: Physicians to serve in an increasingly diverse population in rural Kansas.
Intervention: Kearny County Hospital changed their recruitment model to include paid time off for doctors and midlevel providers to serve as international service workers, as well as medical school loan forgiveness.
Results: Kearny County Hospital has re-opened their services to out-of-county patients and are receiving an increase in applications from medical providers.
Need: The North Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) of Ellijay, Georgia had been slowly losing money and patients for years. Many residents living in Ellijay were seeking hospital care elsewhere, leaving NGMC treating an average of only 6 patients per day in the year prior to closing their doors in 2016.
Intervention: With approval from the state, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital (PMH) leased the space from NGMC and opened the state's first freestanding emergency department (ED). Medical services were again made available for patients in Ellijay and surrounding areas.
Results: After one year of being open, the freestanding ED continues to average 30 patients per day and has reached over 11,000 emergency room visits.
Need: Due to the opioid crisis, Austin, Indiana has seen the largest concentrated outbreak of HIV in rural America's recent history. Since 2015, over 200 residents have been diagnosed with the virus.
Intervention: Foundations Family Medicine began offering testing and treatment services for HIV, hepatitis C, and opioid/substance use disorder. Education, care coordination and behavioral health services were also offered as an integrated part of their primary care clinic.
Results: Although the virus continues to spread throughout Scott County, the rate has significantly decreased, outdoing national suppression rates by a large margin (76% compared to national average of 49%).