With so many threats to Critical Access and other rural hospitals, it is important that any rural hospital closure is documented. NOSORH has worked with the Flex committee to design a “data collector” to keep track of these hospital closures.
The collector is a simple survey that will ask questions about the name and location of the hospital; it has an option for the person completing the survey to provide any additional information they have about the closure. “We’re counting on SORH and FLEX Directors to help us try to measure any hospital closures that have occurred since January 2012,” said Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director. “Please take the time to complete the survey information.”
Total results will be displayed upon completion of the survey. TASC, NOSORH and the FLEX Monitoring Team will provide regular reminders to keep the database current and will use results to inform our future efforts to ensure rural hospitals are supported as vital hubs of care in rural communities across the nation.