Celebrating Rural Health Care
by GHA President Earl Rogers
A recent article reports that nearly 1 in 5 Americans lives in a rural community. Rural America is the backbone of this country; however, many rural communities lack easy access to a hospital. In Georgia, Governor Kemp and the state legislature are committed to making Georgia a leader in rural health care. From the very successful adoption of the Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program to the establishment of the House Rural Development Council and telemedicine initiatives, to physician recruitment, Georgia hospitals are in a better place than even five years ago.
Nov. 19 is National Rural Health Day. On behalf of our Board Chair and longtime rural
health care executive, Kevin Bierschenk, GHA extends sincere gratitude to every
rural hospital and health care worker. The GHA Center for Rural Health includes
74 member hospitals, which represent nearly half the GHA membership. Like the
Governor, his staff, and the legislature, GHA is committed to advancing rural
health care. I find it only fitting that National Rural Health Day is
celebrated so close to Thanksgiving. I am sure many Georgians will give thanks
this holiday season for their local, rural hospital and all the caregivers who
provide excellent care to their families.