Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center joined Colorado Rural Health
Center (CRHC) and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) to celebrate
National Rural Health Day on Thursday, Nov. 15.
National Rural Health Day is an annual recognition on the third Thursday
of November. This year’s focus was on individuals who provide quality
health care in rural areas.
In Colorado, CRHC chose to celebrate with HRRMC. CRHC staff held a luncheon
at the hospital in Salida, and HRRMC staff provided tours of the hospital
and the HRRMC Buena Vista Health Center.
“Our hospital was honored to host CRHC for the first time. During
the luncheon we had the privilege of engaging with and educating some
of our local leaders, such as Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation
Director Wendell Pryor and County Commissioners Keith Baker and Dave Potts,”
said HRRMC Vice President of Business Development Peter Edis.
“Physicians from First Street Family Health and Salida Family Medicine
were present, too. The event was a unique opportunity to highlight our
expansion, services and the exceptional care provided by our dynamic medical
Over 60 million people (nearly one in five Americans) live in rural and
frontier communities throughout the United States, according to CRHC.
Michelle Mills, CRHC CEO, said, “Rural communities in Colorado are
demonstrating innovation in the movement towards value-based care, and
NRHD is a day to celebrate the access to care they bring to nearly 750,000
NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger said, “The hospitals and providers
serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care,
but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.
“Today more than ever, rural communities must tackle accessibility
issues, a lack of health care providers, the needs of an aging population
suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages
of un- and underinsured citizens.”
State Offices of Rural Health play a vital role in addressing a variety
of needs, and all 50 states maintain a State Office of Rural Health.
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