Topics: Hospitals

For more information and resources, see RHIhub’s Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals topic guides.

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

Strategies for Superbugs: Antibiotic Stewardship for Rural Hospitals

Clostridium difficile bacterium


Resistant bacteria, or “superbugs,” are a cause of major medical illness and death. Government and accreditation agencies, as well as infectious disease experts, believe hospital antibiotic stewardship programs are the answer to blunting the impact and development of these germs. Despite limited resources, rural and Critical Access Hospitals are activating their stewardship programs.

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March 22, 2017

Cybersecurity: How a Rural Alaska Hospital is Safeguarding Its Patients’ Information

A Chief Nursing Officer and Charge Nurse use a SPH computer.


Due to barriers like cost and staffing, many rural healthcare facilities’ information systems are susceptible to malware attacks such as ransomware. South Peninsula Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Homer, Alaska, uses an IT staff of six to monitor threats and train coworkers on how to safeguard their hospital’s information.

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January 11, 2017

Freestanding Emergency Departments: An Alternative Model for Rural Communities

OSF Center for Health - Streator campus


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

Pennsylvania Mobile Team Addresses Substance Use Disorders


In Pennsylvania, more people are dying from drug overdose than from car accidents. The FORHP-funded Addiction Recovery Mobile Outreach Team (ARMOT) program works to educate medical staff on addiction and recovery and to support patients as they navigate the recovery process.

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November 16, 2016

Social Media Savvy

Amy Lyn Kench and Michele Hutchins


By harnessing this impactful form of two-way communication, rural healthcare providers have the opportunity to reach their patients and community in quick, personal, and efficient ways.

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July 22, 2015