Aha details survival strategies for urban rural hospitals a focus on population health the adoption of telehealth and a shift away from traditional inpatient offerings are a few key survival strategies for critical access hospitals and urban facilities. Studies of the strategies rural hospitals used for survival showed the importance of local resources especially income generating characteristics of the community including the relative wealth of the population employment patterns and state level policies that supported the hospitals 12. In expansion states 85 percent of rural hospitals are vulnerable to closure and that number is nearly doubled in nonexpansion states where 165 percent of rural hospitals are vulnerable to . Referred to earlier the very survival of the small rural hospitals de pends on proper diagnosis and adoption of appropriate marketing strategies and practices. Georgia health news is a nonprofit independent news organization devoted to covering health care in the state we are serious about our independence and are not affiliated with any political party special interest organization or activist group
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