Cash-strapped rural hospitals struggle to stay open, brace for coronavirus
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CHEROKEE COUNTY, Iowa – Shortages in personal protective equipment and limited COVID-19 testing kits are just some of the difficulties for health-care facilities across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
But there’s another issue looming for hospitals in rural America: a labor shortage.
“Respiratory therapists are very difficult to find,” said Gary Jordan, CEO of Cherokee Regional Medical Center in Iowa. “Medical laboratory technologists. They’re very difficult to find for rural communities.”
Cherokee Regional Medical Center is one of roughly 2,000 rural hospitals in the country, according to data from the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).
Rural hospitals represent more than half of all hospitals in the United States, providing essential access to inpatient, outpatient and emergency medical services in rural communities.
What makes rural hospitals different than urban facilities is typically the number of …continued .
[Source: Fox News]