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Shane Watson featured in 'Rural Health Week' video

5/25/2017

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH), founded in 1966, is the national representative of more than 1,000 investor-owned or managed community hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. FAH members include hospitals in urban and rural America, as well as inpatient rehabilitation, psychiatric, long-term acute care, and cancer hospitals. Investor-owned hospitals serve their communities proudly while providing high-quality healthcare to their patients.The FAH provides a unique perspective to healthcare policymakers. FAH and its members are steadfast advocates of a market-based, healthcare system, which benefits consumers by continually providing the high quality, patient safety, and value of care through competition and innovation.

Standing Up for Rural Hospitals: Celebrating Rural Health Week May 22-26

Temperatures are heating up, classes are winding down and the Memorial Day Weekend is almost here – all sure signs that summer is almost here. The Triple A Auto Club estimates that over the next few days nearly 40 million people will get away to the beach, the lake or the mountains looking to cool off and relax! You may be miles away from the city, but you can rest easy knowing quality care is still nearby. Rural hospitals, such as ICAHN members and QuorumHealth hospitals, Red Bud Regional Hospital and Union County Hospital, are there to take care of visitors and locals – 24/7/365.

From May 22nd to May 26th, the FAH is highlighting the positive impact these facilities have – not just for the patients they care for, but also the communities they serve. And as part of that observance, QuorumHealth has created a video, which features Shane Watson, CEO, Red Bud Regional Hospital. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO

When you hear rural community - you think small town, but add up the population of these areas across the country and it equals nearly 60 million people, or one in five Americans.

At the heart of many of those communities is the local hospital.

The most obvious benefit they provide is also the most vital: timely, quality care. Whether you need emergency treatment or have a scheduled routine procedure, the presence of a hospital in these community saves lives. When seconds matter most, having essential healthcare minutes away, instead of hours, can mean the difference between life and death.

But the impact to a community extends far beyond medical capabilities. In many rural areas the hospital is the largest or second largest employer in the area. It also contributes to job creation throughout a community. A recent study by the American Medical Association said that “each physician supports almost 14 jobs and adds more than $2 million in economic input, on average.” Those aren’t just jobs in the hospital or doctor’s office, they include restaurants, dry cleaners and day cares. I bet you would be hard pressed to find a business in a rural area that isn’t touched in some way by those who work for or get treatment at one of these facilities.

Rural hospitals are vital to keeping a community healthy – physically and fiscally. The goal of Rural Hospital Week to raise awareness of their impact nationwide. Spreading the word from Main Street to the halls of Congress. You can help by joining the conversation on social media. Follow the Federation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to see stories of success and discover what these facilities mean to a community.  Please check out theirr new infographic here.  Hospitals in rural areas have a big impact on our nation’s healthcare system, so join FAH, ICAHN and QuorumHealth this week as we #StandUp4RuralHospitals.