Rural Health Care Leadership Conference News Coverage

34th Annual AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference. February 17-18, 2021. A virtual conference and engagement exerience.

Rural health care leaders are actively transforming their organizations through a focus on affordability and value with innovative responses to emerging opportunities. Strategic partnerships that cut across the care continuum, evolving payment models, unique workforce approaches, effective leveraging of digital technologies, attention to the social determinants of health, and new care models are enabling rural providers to improve the health of their communities. Success is being driven by inspired leadership, forward-thinking governance, and resilient clinicians.

The American Hospital Association’s 2021 Rural Health Care Leadership Conference and Virtual Experience, February 17-18, brings together top practitioners and thinkers to share strategies and resources for accelerating the shift to a more integrated and sustainable rural health system. We’ll examine the most significant operational, financial and environmental challenges and present innovative approaches that will enable you to transform your organization’s care delivery model and business practices.


Feb 23, 2021
Tri-County Health Care in Wadena, Minn., experienced a cultural transformation over the past two years that significantly improved employee engagement, patient satisfaction, quality and safety, and other key operating parameters. What its leaders could not have predicted, however, was how this work also would make both the organization and hospital team members more resilient during the COVID-19 crisis and economic fallout that ensued.
Feb 18, 2021
Attendees of the 2021 AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference kicked off its second day with a virtual series of workshops.
Feb 18, 2021
AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack Feb. 17 kicked off the virtual AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference by welcoming more than 900 rural hospital and health system leaders and trustees.
Feb 18, 2021
AHA Board Chair Rod Hochman, M.D., Feb. 17 presented the AHA Rural Hospital Leadership Team Award to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for its outstanding leadership and responsiveness to its community’s health needs.
Feb 18, 2021
Attendees of the 2021 AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference heard from keynote speaker Mark Shrime, M.D., O'Brien Chair of Global Surgery at Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and James Orlikoff, president of Orlikoff and Associates, Inc., who shared his insights on implications of the pandemic for the future of rural health care.
Feb 9, 2021
Demonstrating inspired leadership, innovative collaborative efforts and forward-thinking governance, rural hospitals and health systems continue to deliver care in the face of overwhelming adversity. Organizations across the nation will gather virtually Feb. 17-18 for the AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference to make, build and renew connections that will help the field continue to innovate and transform care.
Feb 8, 2021 by Rod Hochman, M.D.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic has brought us excruciatingly difficult times, I keep saying this is the finest hour for hospitals. Our field has risen to incredible challenges with expertise, commitment and compassion, and it’s inspiring to see.
Feb 3, 2021
Four health care leaders in rural Montana discuss how their organizations are adjusting their internal operations to accommodate COVID-19 patients; rallying their communities together and building new relationships; and rebuilding on the path forward.
Jan 21, 2021
This year’s AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference offers a unique opportunity for leaders to connect before, during and after the conference in affinity groups.