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National Rural Health Day is Thursday, Nov. 16

November 09, 2023 


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Hospital News

OCONTO FALLS, Wis. – National Rural Health Day, founded by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 16. The day highlights critical roles filled by rural hospitals and health care clinics across the country.

Together, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health operate five Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) throughout Oconto County. The HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Health Centers located in Oconto Falls, Gillett, Lena, Mountain and Suring are proud to provide primary care to all their neighbors. These clinics not only provide advanced health care options, but jobs to residents throughout the region. The services offered at these health care clinics and the hospital ensure rural residents have access to high-quality, modern health care options close to home.

“Our rural health clinics and hospital help smaller communities across Oconto County get the health care services our neighbors and visitors deserve,” said Nicole Stapleton, Director, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Prevea Health Centers. “We’re proud to provide highly trained physicians and advanced practice providers who have access to the resources and state-of-the-art facilities needed to meet our patients’ needs.”

Nationally, it’s estimated 57 million Americans – one in five people – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. “When our neighbors in Oconto County have health care needs, they rarely need to travel out of town to get first class care,” said Chris Brabant, President and CEO, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “Our emergency department is staffed 24/7; we have orthopedic and general surgeons; digestive health specialists; imaging and laboratory services; stroke care; and we offer cancer, vascular and wound care to our patients. It’s important to us to be able to offer our community a variety of care options they may need, close to home.” 

In 2022, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital was named a Top 22 Critical Access Hospital in the U.S. by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. 

To learn more about rural health care services provided by Prevea Health and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto County, please visit: www.prevea.com/closer.
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About HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital serves Oconto Falls and the surrounding communities as a federally-designated critical access hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, urgent care, general, vascular and orthopedic surgical services, inpatient and outpatient surgical and diagnostic services, rehabilitation, oncology outpatient clinic and women’s care. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with Prevea Health, has six regional health center locations in Gillett, Lena, Mountain, Oconto, Oconto Falls and Suring. HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Pharmacies are located in Gillett and Oconto Falls. Founded in 1921 as Community Memorial Hospital, in 2014, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital became the fourteenth hospital in Hospital Sisters Health System. As an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people. For more information about St. Clare, visit www.stclarememorial.org.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org.  For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.

National Rural Health Day is Thursday, Nov. 16
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