In a proclamation, Gov. Scott Walker declared November 16 Wisconsin Rural Health Day in honor of National Rural Health Day, to recognize the unique contributions of our rural communities and the health care providers that serve these communities. This is the seventh annual National Rural Health Day, and WHA is once again one of the cosponsors, along with the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health.
The Proclamation acknowledges that rural hospitals are sources of innovation and resourcefulness and are typically the economic foundation of their communities.
Earlier this year, Wisconsin’s critical access hospitals (CAHs) were recognized as the best in the nation by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for outstanding quality performance.
“Rural hospitals provide a safety net of care that reaches every corner of our state,” according to WHA President/CEO Eric Borgerding. “We know rural hospitals support the physical well being of the people living in that area, but they are also a critical asset to the economic health of the community. They are an essential part of our high-quality delivery system.”