Rural Healthcare Challenges in Times of Change

Host: Carolyn St.Charles, RN, BSN, MBA – Chief Clinical Officer
Date & Time:    September 11, 2020 at 12pm CT

Rhonda Mason RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center
Globe, Arizona
Deborah Morris BSN, RN
Director of Nursing Services
Blue Mountain Hospital
John Day, Oregon
Margie Molitor, RN, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital
Thermopolis, Wyoming
Terry Odom, RN, BSN, MBA, CNOR
Chief Executive Officer
Powell Valley Healthcare

According to the United States Census Bureau, about 60 million people, or one in five Americans, live in rural America. In general, rural areas are sparsely populated, have low housing density, and are far from urban centers. While urban areas make up only 3 percent of the entire land area of the country, they are home to more than 80 percent of the population. Conversely, 97 percent of the country’s land mass is rural but is home to just 19.3 percent of the total population

According to data from, as of January 2020 the United States had:

  • 1,355 Critical Access Hospitals
  • 4,478 Rural Health Clinics
  • 3,896 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 1,095 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

The webinar will focus on the challenges facing rural healthcare, and innovative and practical strategies to address those challenges from both the CEO and CNO perspective. 

Topics will include: 

  • Developing and retaining a qualified and engaged workforce
  • Improving quality of care and patient satisfaction
  • Emerging care delivery models, including tele-medicine
  • Community engagement

Upon completion of the webinar, the participant will:

1.  Identify at least two strategies for strengthening rural healthcare.

2.  Identify at least one strategy that the participant could implement in their community.

Fun Fact:

The population of the cities where our presenters work ranges from 1,667 to 7,390.