Facilitating Change. Preserving Access.

An “Access Epidemic”

The fragility of rural healthcare may not endure the financial challenges brought about by the Pandemic.  Forced to curtail elective procedures that provide critical operating capital for, at best, razor thin operating margins, rural providers will face insolvency issues from which stimulus payments will not create long term relief.

The result of this will be a crisis of “access” as rural hospitals close in increasing numbers.  When that “golden hour” for effective medical intervention is stretched due to extended travel time to an emergency room, morbidity and mortality will increase.
The lack of healthcare services in a community is a deterrent to economic growth and a cause of out-migration.  This will create a spiraling socio-economic downturn in rural America.

It’s time to re-imagine rural healthcare services to avoid healthcare deserts.