Today, November 18th, the New Hampshire Hospital Association and Foundation for Healthy Communities are proud to join the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), as well as other state and national rural stakeholders, in celebrating the #PowerOfRural on National Rural Health Day.
National Rural Health Day was created to recognize those who serve the vital health needs of nearly 60 million people residing in America’s rural communities, and the importance of rural healthcare providers who tirelessly work to address the barriers patients face in accessing healthcare when they need it. And since the first COVID-19 case arrived in New Hampshire on March 2, 2020, our rural hospitals and frontline workers have responded with strength and resilience to the COVID-19 crisis on behalf of their patients and communities and do so today as the pandemic continues.
New Hampshire’s rural hospitals support their communities by delivering high quality healthcare in very rural, underserved areas of the state, but beyond the issue of care, rural hospitals also serve as economic engines for the communities they serve, often existing as the largest employers in their communities for generations of families.
Today and every day, they exemplify the Blue and White H of health, healing and hope, and the promise it makes to its community during these challenging times. We extend our deepest appreciation to our rural health providers for their dedication and commitment to ensuring their communities have access to healthcare, and the compassion with which they deliver excellence in rural health settings to every patient, every day.