Declining populations, physician shortages and high unemployment rates are among the many elements contributing to the significant challenges faced by rural healthcare organizations. While these providers face struggles, they are an integral part of the healthcare ecosystem. Advances in telehealth adoption and emerging business models are bringing new opportunities to these critical institutions.
In a discussion with Modern Healthcare Custom Media, two industry leaders offered their perspectives on how rural healthcare leaders can prepare their organizations for the future, and shared best practices for success in this unique environment.
Mitchell Berenson is president and CEO of Community Infusion Solutions. Berenson, a more than 20-year healthcare industry veteran, specializes in the development and evaluation of infusion services. He holds three patents for remote-monitoring devices and is an expert in value-based care.
Jim Kendrick is president and CEO of Community Hospital Corporation. As a national leader in advancing community hospitals, Kendrick has more than 20 years of executive experience in not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare. Kendrick was a Modern Healthcare Up & Comer in 2010 and joined CHC in 2017.