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Rural hospitals provide health care services to millions of people. Workforce shortages, rising health care costs, finding access to capital, and purchasing new information systems create a host of problems. Rural hospitals are smaller in size, have limited assets and financial reserves, and a higher amount of Medicare patients due to their populations being older than urban populations.

This guide provides resources related to rural hospitals including health care quality, health care systems, health networks, funding hospital renovations and capital equipment. Also, this guide includes resources that discuss the economic impact that a hospital has on a rural community.


For information on small or rural hospitals
American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals

There are more organizations related to Hospitals in the organizations section.

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Funding for this project was supported by Grant Number U56RH05539 from the Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the funder.