Bridge Magazine Article Highlights Challenges Facing Small and Rural Hospitals in Michigan

Posted on June 13, 2019

An article published in the June 12 issue of Bridge Magazine sheds light on the challenges facing small and rural hospitals throughout Michigan. The piece takes a close look at how fiscal pressures, staff recruitment troubles and dwindling patient numbers are pushing hospitals serving less populated regions to the brink, not only in Michigan, but across the country. 

Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer at the MHA, is featured in the piece talking about the financial toll on rural hospitals when it comes to operating 24-hour emergency departments, which tend to be chronic money losers, especially with lower patient volumes.

“An emergency department has fixed costs – there are things you have to do whether or not anyone shows up,” Appel said. “Nurses and doctors have to be available. You have all the technology that has to exist whether there are 100,000 patients a year or 50,000 or 10,000.”

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