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Concerned About the Sustainability of Your Rural Hospital?

While a Strain to Hospitals, COVID-19 is a Driving Force Behind Positive Transformation

With Jim Kendrick, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Hospital Corporation, as published in Modern Healthcare, Sept. 2020 

The novel coronavirus has exacerbated sustainability problems that have continuously dogged community hospitals. The American Hospital Association estimates the financial impact of COVID-19 on U.S. hospitals could total more than $200 billion in losses between March 1 and June 30, 2020. However, government assistance such as CARES Act relief funds and PPP loans gives hospitals the buoyancy to reexamine...


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LEE: A look at hospital district’s state

CHC’s relationship with North Texas Medical Center, Gainesville, Texas, began in May of 2018, to help advance the hospital on many levels. With CHC’s professional guidance, the Gainesville Hospital District and NTMC continue on a positive path of operational, financial and clinical performance improvement. Below is the perspective from Shane Lee, Gainesville Hospital District Board member, as published in the Gainesville Register, September 7, 2020. 

It has been a while since I have publicly shared my thoughts on our hospital, North Texas Medical Center, and the Gainesville Hospital District. Let...


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Relationships are the Key to LTACH Success

By Wayne Boutwell

Building relationships within your community is more important than ever for community hospitals, and the same holds true for long term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). In fact, relationship-building and education are the mainstays of success for ContinueCARE Hospital at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, S.C. A similar approach is beneficial for LTACHs across the country.

Host-Hospital Relationship
The host-hospital relationship is of primary importance for any LTACH. Because ContinueCARE Hospital at Palmetto Health Baptist is a separate, fully licensed acute care hospital within Prisma Health Baptist...


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The Importance of Sustaining Quality Initiatives in Times of Crisis

The coronavirus public health emergency will have a long-lasting impact on the finances and care delivery processes of hospitals across the United States. The pandemic has also emphasized the significance of clinical quality, and patient and staff safety, as well as adherence to best practices.

On March 27, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted exceptions and extensions for certain deadlines to help healthcare providers care for and protect their patients and staff. This decision is important to hospitals because of the financial implications associated with the...


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Modern Healthcare Webinar: Solving for Rural Health Disparities

It’s a challenging time for most healthcare organizations, but rural organizations are some of the most vulnerable. These healthcare providers are striving to provide high quality care amid declining populations, physician shortages, lack of access to technology and higher unemployment rates than urban and suburban communities.

While these providers face significant barriers and challenges, rural hospitals are an integral part of the healthcare ecosystem. CHC President and CEO, Jim Kendrick shares ideas for rural health innovations as a panelist in this Modern Healthcare Webinar.

Register and Watch this On Demand...


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CHC Launches Free Financial Dashboard To Monitor COVID-19 Funding And Costs

Community Hospital Corporation has launched a free downloadable financial dashboard for tracking and monitoring of COVID-related funding and costs.

The complimentary COVID-19 Financial Dashboard https://communityhospitalcorp.com/covid-19-financial-dashboard-landing/ , which CHC developed for its network of community hospitals, is an Excel file designed to help all community hospitals to manage cash flow and ensure that all COVID-related government funding opportunities are properly vetted and tracked in one place.

See the June 2020 coverage in Hospital & Healthcare...


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How to Gauge Your Hospital’s Financial Health

Some rural hospitals that were already struggling are now in serious financial trouble due to the coronavirus. The suspension of elective surgery and non-urgent care in most states led to an abrupt drop in patient volumes and hospital revenue. That loss, combined with the cost of preparing for COVID-19 protections for patients and employees, has forced rural hospitals into deeper distress. It’s especially important in these challenging circumstances to keep a close eye on key metrics that gauge a hospital’s financial health.

By monitoring indicators, creating transparency and responding swiftly...


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Coronavirus Pandemic Transforming the Future of Rural Healthcare

By Brian Doerr, Senior Vice President of Information Technology & Security and Privacy Officer, Community Hospital Corporation

The need to quarantine has been an important catalyst for telehealth and is reshaping how community hospitals deliver care. Once sparingly used in rural areas, telehealth is a primary means to maintain healthcare services at a time when it’s critical to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

In recent weeks, the spreading virus has spurred a growing number of rural and community hospitals to launch or expand telehealth services.

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Innovative Companies Mend Coronavirus-Disrupted Supply Chain for Rural Hospitals

By Jon Pruitt, Senior Vice President, CHC Supply Trust

Since the coronavirus pandemic reached the country’s shores and rapidly spread inward, the nation’s smaller hospitals have struggled with a global supply chain strained by a once-in-a-century public health crisis.

But, thankfully, American ingenuity has been hard at work. Both large and small companies have found innovative ways to help rural hospitals faced with dwindling personal protection equipment (PPE) desperately needed to treat patients infected with the virus and other acute illnesses.

See the full article in HealthCare Business Today, May...


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Shore Up Your Cybersecurity

Healthcare Providers are a Prime Target for Hackers

by Brian Doerr, SVP, Information Technology, Security and Privacy Officer, Community Hospital Corporation

The healthcare industry is a top target for cyberattacks in general — and ransomware in particular. That’s because patient data is more valuable than basic identity information. To give an example of its worth, medical histories can be sold and the data used for alternative, unethical purposes. But most cybercriminals use ransomware to disrupt operations — and patient care — in order to coerce healthcare providers to pay a...


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