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Wednesday, September 28, 2022  |  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Rethinking Community Health: The Future of Rural and Suburban Healthcare

Sarah Brownell
Director, Business Development, HDR
Matt Stiene
Senior Vice President, Construction and Facility Services, Novant Health
Matt Suarez
Health Planning Principal, HDR
William Teilhet
VP Facilities & Construction, Ballad Health

Twenty rural hospitals shut their doors in the U.S. in 2020, exacerbating a crisis that has made access to healthcare in rural settings more and more difficult over the past decade. There is no question that health systems across the country have been shifting care delivery from centralized hubs and moving key services into more rural and community settings. Speakers from community health systems across the Southeast will discuss the following topics: How the Certificate of Need process, or the absence of one, helps or hurts plans for growth and expansion to serve patients closer to home Strategies to address flexibility and adaptability for future growth and facility changes. Which lessons learned from COVID-19 will impact long-term planning, particularly for smaller and rural facilities who feel a larger impact from increasing non-revenue generating spaces. Effective design or operational strategies for hiring and keeping nurses and providers in the community hospital setting.

1: Explore the implication of changing CON requirements
2: Discuss successful strategies for planning for growth
3: Identify implications of rapidly evolving technology
4: Describe the impact rural healthcare can have in addressing health equity
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