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How a rural hospital improved patient experience with imaging.

Rural Americans have the same imaging needs as people in urban areas, but many rural hospitals don’t believe they have the patient volume or resources to purchase MRI or CT systems. This often leads rural hospitals to pursue other options, like contracting with a mobile MRI provider. While this arrangement helped West Feliciana Hospital meet the imaging needs of local residents, they noticed a decrease in provider referrals and volume over time. The reasons leading up to this were all....

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How the great resignation could help rural hospitals with staffing.

In the world at large, our economy is shifting due to the effects of The Great Resignation. While many professionals are walking away from careers, others realize they can work non-traditionally – and in many cases, more efficiently – in a way, that better supports their personal lives. The national debate on the topic is centered on skepticism and fears of unpredictable productivity versus a reinvention of work..

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NRHA member response to devastating Kentucky floods.

When catastrophic flooding hit eastern Kentucky in late July, NRHA member Nikki King sprang into action. The impact of the historic weather event has been nothing short of devastating, killing at least 37 people while others remain missing. To help out in her hometown of Neon, King has been driving supplies and working her phone tree to get supplies for the community..

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Attracting, retaining talent amid the travel nurse surge.

As hospitals leaders scramble to secure nurses to care for patients, we have seen increased salaries and a bidding war over nurse talent that have driven the average nurse pay rate up. This has hit rural health care facilities particularly hard, where often budgets can no longer compete with larger health care systems. Learn four ways rural health care facilities can attract and retain nurse talent amid this staffing crisis..

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NRHA CEO: Back to normal 'is not sustainable' for rural health.

Experts initially feared the strain on already depleted health care resources would be exacerbated by COVID-19, prompting more closures. But over the last year, those numbers have dwindled. The drop-off has been largely attributed to an influx of federal emergency funding. “It is not an understatement to say the federal response saved rural health. But we are back to a pre-pandemic environment, which is not sustainable for the future,” Morgan said..

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