Topics: Service delivery models

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 vs. 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

Expecting More Services for Less Compensation

Diane Calmus


Diane Calmus, Government Affairs and Policy Manager at the National Rural Health Association, explores the need for a new hospital model to help rural communities gain and maintain access to emergency medical services.

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September 7, 2016

ATC Update: The Health Wagon Featured on CBS News

Teresa Gardner and Paula Hill Meade with CBS reporter Scott Pelley


The Health Wagon, which offers free health care to thousands of patients each year in Southwestern Virginia, was recently spotlighted on the CBS news show, “60 Minutes.”

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May 15, 2014

Health Care Integration Offers Multiple Benefits

Sheila Brijade, DDS, pediatric dentist welcomes a new patient


As healthcare reform encourages integration of healthcare to treat the patient as a whole, behavioral health and oral care are being integrated into primary care practices around the country.

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November 18, 2013