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Rural hospitals are vital care providers and economic engines
Jason Harrington, Chair, Iowa Hospital Association Board of Officers and Trustees
The nearly 1 in 5 Americans who live in rural areas rely on local hospitals and health systems as a critical – and often the only – source of care in their communities. But rural hospitals are more than just sites of the care. They serve a vital role for regional economies; jobs generated by rural hospitals support the tax base that funds public education, fire and police services, and road maintenance. In all, close to 60 million rural Americans depend on their hospital as an important source of care as well as a critical component of their area's economic and social fabric.