October 20, 2021
Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals are facing significant staffing shortages, affecting their ability to care for patients with COVID-19 and other conditions.
On Wednesday, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania hosted a rural policy summit identifying the opportunities and challenges for the state’s rural hospitals.
Hospital speakers included Thomas Kurtz, president and CEO of Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber, and Dr. Omrana Pasha-Razzak, attending physician, division of hospital medicine, and professor of medicine and public health sciences at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.
Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals serve a critical role in their communities, caring for patients who tend to be older, have more underlying health conditions, and who may struggle to access nearby care. The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging, but Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals remain committed to quality care, Kurtz said.
“I think most of these small community hospitals pride themselves on the quality they provide,” he said.
The panelists discussed the following topics:
Pennsylvania’s rural hospitals are at the forefront of health care innovation. Launched during 2019, Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Model ensures rural hospitals can count on stable revenue sources. The program also encourages hospitals to transform care—with a focus on telehealth and other preventive services that may reduce the need for more expensive acute care.
HAP has been a champion of Pennsylvania’s Rural Health Model and applauds our rural hospitals for their outstanding commitment to the communities they serve.
For more information, contact Kate Slatt, HAP’s vice president, innovative payment and care delivery.
Tags: Quality Initiatives | Health Care Reform | Rural Health Care
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