“Many of the biggest moments of our lives happen in hospitals.”
A rural hospital CEO spoke this line at a conference I recently attended. Births, medical diagnosis, treatment of acute injuries, significant procedures, and even death. All items significant enough to deserve a notch in the timeline of our lives.
And they happen at a hospital. At a LOCAL hospital. At YOUR hospital.
In 2014 There were 2,489 freestanding hospitals in the United States. Freestanding as defined by not belonging to a system. Independent. KSB Hospital is freestanding.
In 2018 the number of freestanding hospitals has fallen to 2,053.
This represents 436 hospitals, and arguably a similar number of communities, that no longer have local control of their hospital.
KSB Hospital is governed by an independent, volunteer board of directors. The decisions for your hospital happen here in your community.
Many of the biggest moments of our lives happen in hospitals. I for one am glad the most significant decisions occur in the same community.