Topics: Hospitals

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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

The Business of Rural Hospital Closures

Charlton Memorial Hospital, Georgia


What rural hospitals can do to stay viable in difficult times, with insights from Charles Owens, executive director of the Georgia Department of Community Health, State Office of Rural Health.

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May 27, 2015

Will Hospitals Become Insurers?

A look into the complexities of medical insurance and the consequences that rural communities could face if healthcare systems morph into insurance providers.

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February 26, 2015

Hospital Quality: Tough Issue!

Discusses whether quality measures and patients’ wishes may be at odds, and how that affects the perception of whether rural hospitals provide quality care.

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August 20, 2014