Abstract: A checklist format is used to provide a framework for rural hospital executives and community members for gauging the health and stability of rural hospitals and rural hospital systems. Benchmarks are provided for financial and operational performance and emphasis is placed on medical staff size and physician recruitment. Physician/hospital organizations and regional partnerships are used as examples of strategies available to rural providers. The importance of market knowledge and regional strategic alliances also is stressed. In an era of dwindling resources and tight reimbursement, rural providers are encouraged to consider cooperative clinical programming and technology consolidation.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||The Journal of Rural Health|
|State||Published - Jan 1995|