Rural hospitals in Illinois – looking into the future

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I had the opportunity recently to participate with two fellow Illinois hospital CEO’s on a panel titled “The Future Healthcare” with moderator Paul Keckley, Ph.D at the Illinois Hospital Association Small & Rural Hospital Annual Meeting in Springfield.

Dr. Keckley explored the world of the rural hospital Chief Executive Officer. He asked questions about job satisfaction, the future of rural hospitals, as well as pending threats and opportunities.

I have been attending conferences for a long time.  It is easy to caught up in the doom and gloom of “experts” pontificating on the pending death of healthcare in rural America.

I disagree. I remain bullish on rural hospitals.

Healthcare, like politics, is local. Local physicians.  Local facilities.  Local governing boards.

I consider the opportunity to care for friends and neighbors a true differentiating factor for rural hospitals.

KSB, along with hundreds of rural hospitals in Illinois, is doing just fine, thank you.

Dave

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