Stroudwater Associates Board Chair, Eric Shell, was invited to the Rural Health Rising Podcast, a podcast from Hillsdale Hospital. Eric shared the value rural hospitals bring to their partner organizations, and how to use that value to leverage more relationships with increased returns. We also discuss why rural hospitals must become healthy, sustainable, and stable organizations to bring value and power to the table.

The number one threat to rural hospitals is when your patient needs to travel to a big system to receive care and those big systems absorb your patient. You don’t get them back from primary care because they identify the value there. However, the reality is that rural hospitals can also achieve this. Having an abundance mentality will make it happen, and everything starts with leadership. Rural health can be excellent and it’s all about realizing what we have available.

The full episode is available here.