August 03, 2023
HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospital community today highlighted the value of rural health care and the unique pressures rural hospitals face.
This morning, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania hosted a hearing in Bradford County on rural hospital and health care sustainability. The panelists noted that there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” model for rural health care, but that the commonwealth needs to take action to ensure the future of these facilities.
Panelists from the rural hospital community included Dr. Jill Owens, president, Upper Allegheny Health System, Tom Kurtz, president and CEO, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber, Wendy Lazo, president, St. Luke’s Hospital—Miners Campus.
Among the key takeaways:
The hearing also included discussion about the next steps for the rural emergency hospital designation, Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Model, and other new hospital models that were established last year (micro-hospitals, tele-emergency department, outpatient emergency department).
HAP continues to advocate for resources that ensure rural hospitals can deliver outstanding care in their communities now and into the future. HAP also supports policies and legislation that benefit rural facilities related to telehealth, access to substance use disorder care, the workforce, and professional licensure.
For additional information, contact Kate Slatt, vice president, innovative payment and care delivery.
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