CHA News Article

U.S. Senate Resolution Calls Rural Hospitals ‘Essential’ to Their Communities

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced Senate Resolution 26 (SR 26) calling access to rural hospitals and other health care providers “essential to the survival and success of communities.” The measure states that rural providers are integral to local economies and are one of the largest employers in rural areas of the United States, in addition to providing “vital care” to patients.

California has 68 hospitals designated as small and rural, 33 of which are certified as critical access hospitals. “California’s rural hospitals provide essential health, emergency and long-term care services to the five million residents living in rural areas, which comprise 85 percent of California’s total land mass,” stated Peggy Broussard Wheeler, CHA vice president for rural health. “Rural hospitals usually anchor other services in their community such as home health, ambulance services, hospice and post-acute care. They are often among the largest local employers and serve as a center for that community.”