With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us begin to shift into a more pensive mode, pondering the many things we have to be thankful for. Here at AB Med, we are no different. As the day our country has set aside to celebrate and appreciate the blessings we enjoy draws closer, we think of those who make our lives that much richer; the rural healthcare facilities and their staff
Rural health facilities make every effort to deliver the quality healthcare services our rural communities depend on. Oftentimes the obstacles and challenges they face [i] are great and they find themselves battling an unseen enemy that would stand in the way of the quality care they strive daily to provide to every patient.
Yet, they refuse to give up. Instead, they work hard to find new strategies to minimize the impact of those factors that make healthcare delivery more difficult in the wide-open spaces than it is in our nation’s urban centers. There are several primary areas where these issues persistently challenge the ingenuity and resourcefulness of both healthcare administrators and their staffs. Taking a brief look at these can give us an even greater appreciation for the health services they often move mountains to provide.
These are the reasons we are Giving Thanks to Rural Heroes:
Laboring to Increase Access for All
Striving to Surmount Staffing Shortages
Battling the Obstacles to Quality Healthcare Delivery
Making healthcare delivery more viable in areas where rural facilities must work hard to overcome the barriers that come with the territory is no small feat. Healthcare leaders are dedicated to using their skills, training and compassion to make a difference. At AB Med, we are all about solutions. Our goal is to always deliver the highest quality of service possible wherever our highly qualified consulting and clinical personnel serve.
By continuously brainstorming new approaches to getting the healthcare services to the people who need them and making the most of fewer resources, the dedicated individuals involved in safeguarding rural health make new inroads daily into better serving the healthcare needs of a historically undeserved population. As Thanksgiving nears, we feel compelled to offer our thanks to these rural heroes of healthcare, without whom an entire segment of the U.S. population would be without the vital health services they need.
Reference and Resource Links
[i] Heath, Sara. “Strategies for Rural Patient Healthcare Access Challenges.” PatientEngagementHIT, PatientEngagementHIT, 29 Sept. 2017, patientengagementhit.com/features/strategies-for-rural-patient-healthcare-access-challenges
[ii] RHI Hub. “Rural Healthcare Workforce.” Defining Health Promotion and Disease Prevention – RHIhub Toolkit, Rural Health Information Hub, 19 July 2018, http://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/topics/health-care-workforce#workforce
Slabach, Brock. “Challenges Facing Rural Health Care.” Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Inovations Exchange, Published: 17 November 2012, Updated: 26 March 2014, https://innovations.ahrq.gov/perspectives/challenges-facing-rural-health-care#veryTop
AAFP. “Rural Practice, Keeping Physicians In (Position Paper).” American Academy of Family Physicians, 26 Feb. 2015, http://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/rural-practice-paper.html
McLaughlin, Erik. “The Rural Healthcare Digital Divide in Telemedicine Broadband Access.” AB Med Healthcare Solutions, 11 Apr. 2018, myabmed.com/rural-healthcare-digital-divide-telemedicine-broadband-access/