As rural healthcare needs shift, many hospitals are realizing their buildings, and the way they provide some services, are outdated. Rural healthcare leaders across America are determining best ways to evolve their quality of care without undeserving or overserving their communities. Their efforts are vital, for some rural hospitals provide the only healthcare access in widespread areas, while others are their community’s largest employer.
Finding The Way: Reimagining Rural Health, follows the efforts of FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital, a rural facility in Troy, N.C., as they determine how best to serve their community, located south of Greensboro, N.C.
Montgomery Memorial, built in the 1950s, is an 88-bed facility with an average daily population of three patients. Hospital leaders are working with the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation, The Duke Endowment, and other groups to reimagine how they provide healthcare.
Their hope is to create a system that not only works for Troy, but can be replicated in other rural communities.