Rural Case Studies

On this page, you can find the latest stories highlighting the good work of our rural members. From innovations in AI to telehealth to new payment models, hospitals and health systems in rural areas are brainstorming bold new ideas worth showcasing here.

Best Practices Approach to Treating Maternal Hemorrhage - Titus Regional Medical Center, Mount Pleasant, Texas. A Since implementing best practices related to maternal hemorrhaging, Titus Regional Medical Center’s maternal morbidity rate related to blood loss has been reduced significantly. The hospital employs a stage-based approach to maternal hemorrhage, simulates for staff emergent hemorrhage situations and provides intense education regarding the physiology of a hemorrhage.

Community Health Workers at Northeastern - Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnsbury, Vt. Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH), St. Johnsbury, VT and its Community Connections (CoCo) program has been on the vanguard of the CHW initiative. Their outcomes are impressive.

Artificial Intelligence in Rural Health Care: Where to Begin? Artificial Intelligence (AI) means many things to many people, but to the consumer it means convenience. At Winona (Minn.) Health, AI has been introduced as a way to reduce cost, improve access and improve the patient’s experience of care. To date, that experience is running 97% favorable.

Building Primary Care from the Ground Up: Training Rural Residents in Williston, ND. Entering its fifth year, the program has graduated 8 family physicians four of whom have stayed and practice in western North Dakota.

Providence Health-Fairfield Emergency Room Winnsboro, SC Hospital-based Freestanding ED. Perhaps not the first choice, but ultimately the best choice for this rural community, the new ER stabilizes what has been a steady decline in health care services in Winnsboro over the past few years.

Walking the Path toward Self-determination and Improving the Populations’ Health the “Nuka” Way. Cherokee Indian Hospital strives to be a “Cherokee community” hospital continuously improving the health status of the tribe and sensitive to the culture and values of the community.

Dare County’s Employee Wellness Program at Outer Banks Hospital. The hospital’s collaboration with the Dare County Department of Public Health − in particular, as a contractor for the county’s employee health and wellness plan – provides a potent example of how hospitals in rural areas can make the most of local partnerships to improve the health and well-being of the communities they serve.

The Value Initiative Members in Action: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center – Lebanon, N.H. 

The Value Initiative Members in Action: Redesign the Delivery System: Purchase of Retail Pharmacy Enhances Services to the Community

The Value Initiative Members in Action: Presbyterian Healthcare Services – Albuquerque, NM 

The Value Initiative Issue Brief 4: How Rural Hospitals Improve Value and Affordability 

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