Falling reimbursements and the shift away from inpatient care create a challenge for hospitals to balance business, resources, and services provided. As population migrates toward cities, rural health care faces a larger problem in financial sustainability, and an increase in mergers and acquisitions has added pressure on rural hospitals to look at innovative and nontraditional ways to remain viable. Learn how a more community-oriented and sustainable rural health care facility is being created with a facility master plan and non-traditional solutions.
Recognize current population health issues at play in rural hospitals and potential realignment of services.
Identify the key variables used to forecast bed need and determine feasible facility strategies.
Explore consumer-oriented design as a means of community engagement and a resource for population health management.
Identify effective solutions to repurpose rural health facilities in the era of declining inpatient services and increased specialization.