Rural hospitals and health systems play a special role, providing care to many of our state’s smallest communities. However, rural health care providers face unique challenges in fulfilling their missions. They face financial challenges, exacerbated by changing payment systems and low patient volumes. They face challenges in implementing improvements to their infrastructure. They face challenges when recruiting doctors and talented executives to lead them into the future.
Health care is changing, and ensuring that communities continue to have access to health care in the future requires bold and focused leadership from board members, CEOs and staff. Board members must establish long-term strategies, and executives must translate those goals into action. Success depends on managing in the present while planning for a very different future.
This year, at the Rural Hospital Leadership Conference, we are offering programs that will help our rural leaders be more effective and successful in their roles, sustaining rural health care across the state, and ensuring that our communities will continue to have access to the care that will keep them healthy. We’ll cover emerging topics in health care, update you on the latest developments in our state’s health care landscape, and maybe even surprise you with some new ideas or ways of thinking that you may not have considered before.
We look forward to seeing you next week in Chelan. Our speakers plan to bring tangible benefit to you and your community that will have lasting impacts.
AWPHD Executive Director