Recognizing the power of its local roots and community members, McKenzie Health System is proud to join the National Organization of States Offices of Rural Health in celebration and recognition on National Rural Health Day, November 16, 2017.
In the United States, nearly 62 million people – one in five Americans – live and work in rural areas. National Rural Health Day recognizes the unique healthcare needs that rural citizens face and showcases the work provided by rural healthcare providers, state offices of rural health and other dedicated stakeholders.
“On November 16 and every day, McKenzie Health System appreciates the support of our local community, a community that has helped us become an even stronger organization dedicated to health, wellness and community service,” said Billi Jo Hennika, Vice President of Operations at McKenzie Health System. “We are proud of our heritage, our community and the personal relationships we are often able to forge with patients and family members.”
This day each year is now set aside to showcase rural America, increase awareness of rural health issues and recognize the care provided in many small towns across the country.
Hospitals are the economic foundation of many rural communities. The 1,330 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) provide essential health care to rural communities across 45 states and, on average, bring 204 jobs to the local economy. In addition, the total time patients spend in the emergency room is 56 minutes faster in rural hospitals than in urban hospitals.
Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found at nosorh.org/nrhd.