National Rural Health Day, founded by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 18.
“Small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work; they are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” said Teryl Eisinger, CEO of the NOSORH. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”
To honor National Rural Health Day, HSHS St. Francis Hospital offers “Five Things to Know” about the importance of rural health care in Macoupin and Montgomery Counties, and across the country:
- An estimated 57 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States.
- In 1977, the Rural Health Clinic Services Act helped to establish Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to address the shortage of physicians serving patients in rural areas.
- Today, there are more than 4,500 federally designated RHCs nationwide providing health care services in underserved areas.
- HSHS St. Francis provides not only health care, but jobs and community benefit dollars to the region. Last year in 2020, HSHS St. Francis Hospital saw over 10,000 emergency department visits and provided over $6.8 million dollars in community benefit.
- Founded by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS St. Francis Hospital has been providing rural health care for 146 years. It is a federally designated critical access hospital offering 24-hour emergency care and a variety of other services and specialty clinics.
“We are honored to care for those who live in the surrounding rural communities,” said HSHS St. Francis Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Timpe. “As a local leader in rural health care, we are also proud of our efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic along with our continued growth of much needed services in keeping these communities healthy and safe.”