Approximately 62 million people—nearly one in five Americans—live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. America’s rural communities are wonderful places to live, work, and visit. They are also areas where healthcare providers have the opportunity to provide innovative, affordable, and holistic primary care.
National Rural Health Day was created in 2011 to showcase rural America and increase awareness of health-related issues in these areas. This provides us the opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” and promote the good works being performed. It also allows us to highlight the unique healthcare issues facing rural citizens and promote the efforts of rural health organizations and their partners in addressing those issues.
Many rural communities face unique healthcare needs such as lack of healthcare providers, an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens. Rural hospitals are also threatened with declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels that makes it challenging to serve their residents. Limited public transportation and geographic barriers must also be overcome in order to ensure that providers can adequately care for local needs.
These are just a few of the messages being shared by BMH, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, and other local, state, and national rural stakeholders during the annual National Rural Health Day celebration tomorrow, November 17.
BMH is proud to be a rural healthcare provider. Through our critical access hospital designation and our rural health clinics, we are uniquely positioned to benefit the residents of eastern Idaho for years to come. We are always introducing new and innovative programs, assembling the most qualified group of healthcare specialists from around the country, and expanding our extensive network of affiliates.
Traveling out-of-town to see a specialty physician can present many challenges, so we bring them to you to provide medical services for more than 45 specialties. Throughout the past year, we brought specialists to Bingham County in the areas of bariatric and general surgery, family and sports medicine, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedic spine surgery, pediatrics, and pulmonology.
As we combine forward-thinking and planning with world-class physicians, we will continue to help people live longer, healthier lives while maintaining their rural heritage.
“Join us as we honor America’s heart and soul—our rural citizens and communities!”