Features

In-depth stories examining key rural health issues.

Rural Post-Acute Care: Improving Transitions to Enhance Patient Recovery

LRHC Hospital Huddle


Post-acute care (PAC) services available locally can make fully recovering from a serious illness or injury faster and easier, setting the patient and provider up for the best possible outcome. This article looks at how a tertiary facility’s communication with skilled nursing facilities, a Critical Access Hospital’s swing bed program, and a home health agency are improving patient transitions from acute care to PAC.

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May 2, 2018

Recruitment and Retention: Overcoming the Rural EMS Dilemma

Humboldt’s EMS wreck extrication team rescues a driver from a motor vehicle collision.


Limited funding, expanding coverage areas, and a cultural shift in volunteerism across generations has motivated EMS leaders to find new recruitment methods that attract more personnel and keep them as long as possible.

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February 7, 2018

Young Rural Healthcare Leaders Share Experiences and Insights

photo of young rural healthcare leaders Adam Willman, Melissa Kelly, Stephanie Orr, and Benjamin Anderson


In addition to providing advice for those with potential interest in rural healthcare executive positions, four Critical Access Hospitals leaders – all under age 40 – share stories of innovation and impact on their organizations and communities.

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January 24, 2018

Rural Unintentional Injuries: They’re Not Accidents – They’re Preventable

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 MMWR Rural Series has featured several reports highlighting rural unintentional injuries as one of the top 5 leading causes of death. What are these “unintentional injuries”? How often are rural residents killed by them? Here’s a look at the three leading causes of rural unintentional injuries.

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November 29, 2017

Rural Youth Fight for Tobacco-Free Communities

Vermont’s Our Voices Xposed member speaks


Teens in Kentucky, Montana, and Vermont are raising awareness in their schools and communities about the dangers of tobacco. Their efforts have led to policy changes at the local and state levels.

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November 1, 2017

Organizations Help Veterans Transition into Healthcare Careers

Army phsician in front of American flag


Rural veterans may face significant challenges when pursuing careers in healthcare. Organizations like the Multi-State Collaborative on Military Credit and the Consortium of Michigan Veterans Educators are working to reduce these barriers so that veterans can better serve their communities.

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October 18, 2017