August 25, 2023
Life in Ambulance Desert: Sometimes Help Isn’t on the Way!
In rural areas where hospitals have shuttered, the nearest surviving facilities are long drives away, ambulance coverage is sparse, and residents experiencing medical emergencies often find their situations even more precarious. “Of all the poorly designed aspects of our health care system,” says NRHA CEO Alan Morgan, “EMS is tops.” Additionally, a new study from Maine Rural Health Research Center, an NRHA member, estimates startup and annual service costs for rural ambulance agencies, and EMS groups talk rural ambulance solutions. We’ll discuss key considerations for the REH designation with the experts at NRHA’s 22nd Critical Access Hospital Conference Sept. 27-29 in Kansas City.