Topics: Emergency department and urgent care services

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Freestanding Emergency Departments: An Alternative Model for Rural Communities

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First conceptualized in the 1970s, but not widely adopted in rural communities, freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) have been getting another look as a sustainable rural option. This article discusses hospital-based versus independent FSEDs, the model’s financial viability, and highlights two FSEDs meeting their communities’ healthcare needs in Arizona and Illinois.

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November 30, 2016

The Scariest Medical Job in America

The scariest medical job in America is in the emergency room of a small rural hospital in the middle of the night that has no specialists, only contract physicians without formal training.

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November 15, 2010