Category: Health Care

Rural health care post-pandemic: Part 1 – Declining revenue for rural hospitals

Rural hospitals are waging war on declining revenues on two fronts: the shift in payment philosophy and the lack of patients during the pandemic. By Kelly Asche Before the COVID-19 crisis began, the Center for Rural Policy and Development was gathering information and analyzing the impacts mergers and acquisitions among health care providers have been ...
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Resiliency in a time of pandemic

By Julie Tesch What a time to launch a podcast.  Little did we know that when we debuted our new podcast, Center of Everywhere, in March that we would be stepping into an unprecedented time with a global pandemic. The original goal of our podcast was to share our research on rural Minnesota and talk ...
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A rural county’s response to a global pandemic

By Sue Grafstrom, CRPD board member How does a small rural community respond to a global pandemic? My name is Sue Grafstrom, and that’s the question I have to answer. For the past two years I have been concurrently the Roseau County Emergency Manager and the Minnesota Department of Health’s Public Health Preparedness Consultant for ...
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Where to wait it out?

By Kelly Asche As more tests are being given, indications are that the spread of the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 disease is occurring throughout all of Minnesota, including in rural places. A recent analysis has even indicated that rural recreational counties in some states have become a hotbed of the virus in the United States. The ...

Worried yet? You should be

By Marnie Werner & Kelly Asche In the movies, you can always tell who the “red shirt” is—the guy brought along by the hero and his or her gang for the sole purpose of being the dinosaur’s first victim. He’s the happy-go-lucky guy who scoffs as they peer into the creepy dark cave and says ...

Children’s Minnesota Expands Neonatal Virtual Care Services

EXCERPT: “Children’s Minnesota is launching neonatal virtual care partnerships with six hospitals across Minnesota and in Wisconsin. Physicians at partnering locations now have 24/7 access to Children’s Minnesota’s Level IV neonatal expertise, the highest designation by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Recently, Children’s Minnesota neonatology program was also ranked among the top in the country by U.S. News and World Report . . . Partnering hospitals ...