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Pennsylvania’s Critical Access Hospitals are Key to Rural Health Care

June 15, 2017

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly continues its work on the 2017–2018 state budget, it is clear that the commonwealth faces a projected revenue shortfall for the current fiscal year of $1.2 billion and a growing structural deficit for next year. This places some important supplemental hospital payments at risk for reduction, including payments that support critical access hospitals.

Pennsylvania is home to 15 federally defined critical access hospitals, which are key to rural health care in the commonwealth. Critical access hospitals are rural hospitals that provide 24-hour emergency services with average daily census of 25 patients or less. These hospitals serve as key providers in rural Pennsylvania as there often is not another hospital for more than 35 miles. They are anchors for a broad range of medical and health services in their communities.

Pennsylvania’s critical access hospitals continue to meet the call to serve, despite 60 percent of them reporting negative operating margins in fiscal year 2016. Many of these hospitals continue to be one of the top employers in their county.

Pennsylvania’s 15 critical access hospitals are:

  • Barnes-Kasson Hospital
  • Bucktail Medical Center
  • Cole Memorial Hospital
  • Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center
  • Corry Memorial Hospital
  • Endless Mountains Health Systems
  • Fulton County Medical Center
  • Guthrie Troy Community Hospital
  • Jersey Shore Hospital
  • Muncy Valley Hospital
  • Penn Highlands Brookville
  • Penn Highlands Elk
  • Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital
  • Titusville Area Hospital
  • Tyrone Hospital

Ensuring access to appropriate funding for critical access hospitals in the 2017–2018 state budget is an essential investment in Pennsylvania’s future.

For more information about the importance of critical access hospital funding, please contact, Scott Bishop, HAP’s senior vice president, legislative advocacy.

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