Telling the Hospital Story: Rural Hospitals in Action

AHA is elevating the impactful work you do in your community.

The Telling the Hospital Story initiative shines a light on the crucial work of health systems and hospitals that advance community heath through proactive, compassionate and high-quality care.

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Maine’s donor-milk program fills state-wide

Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center partnered with Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast to open a donor milk depot that supports families of babies who lack access to breast milk.

Benefiting Communities

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Bringing brightness to a dark pediatric issue in Oregon

Bay Area Hospital’s Kids’ Hope Center — based in Coos Bay — commemorated National Child Abuse Prevention Month by covering the center’s property with a sea of vibrant pinwheels. The goal was to create a community where no child experiences neglect or abuse.

Supporting Public Health


The national staffing emergency in rural health care: How three CEOs navigate unprecedented times and challenges

In this conversation, leaders from Lincoln Health in Colorado, Amery Hospital in Wisconsin and Mackinac Straits Health System in Michigan discuss the new ways they are retaining their current workforce and how they are forging new paths to attract future generations of health care workers.


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Improving maternity care for indigenous populations

People of American Indian and Alaska Native descent are twice as likely to experience pregnancy-related deaths as white women. In this conversation, experts from the Indian Health Service Office of Clinical and Preventive Services and Sanford Bemidji Medical Center in Minnesota address disparities and barriers faced by pregnant and postpartum Indigenous people, and how health care providers can combat these challenges to provide culturally-focused care.

Ensuring Equitable Access to Care

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Leveraging local relationships to support farmers in need

Marshfield Clinic Health System in Wisconsin saw that farmers in its agricultural communities were experiencing a higher rate of both depression and death by suicide than people in other occupations. So they stepped in to help with a unique, community-centric approach that trains bankers, insurance agents and others who have frequent contact with farmers to identify symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Innovation, Research and Quality Improvement

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A North Carolina hospital is reading to their tiniest patients. Here’s why.

The staff and patient families of the Clarke Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital took part in a friendly competition to see who could read the most to their patients.

Prevention and Wellness



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