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Cuero Regional Hospital to Celebrate National Rural Health Day on November 18th

Community news | Monday, November 15, 2021

Contact: Emily Weatherly

Cuero Regional Hospital to Celebrate National Rural Health Day on November 18th

Cuero, TXCuero Regional Hospital will join the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

NOSORH founded National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related challenges; and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those challenges. National Rural Health Day is an annual day of recognition which occurs on the third Thursday of November.

Events, including those held virtually, recognizing National Rural Health Day and “Celebrating the Power of Rural” are being planned throughout the nation. Cuero Regional Hospital and its affiliates will mark the occasion by recognizing and thanking staff for their efforts over the past year by greeting them with breakfast treats and distribute Crushing COVID t-shirts. Also, to mark the occasion, Cuero Mayor Sara Post presented a special proclamation announcing November 18th as National Rural Health Day recognized in Cuero.

Photo caption: Cuero Regional Hospital junior and senior leaders witness Sara Post Meyer, Mayor of the City of Cuero, sign a proclamation that recognizes November 18, 2021 as National Rural Health Day. Pictured from left to right are Tyler Lemke, Radiology Director; Alma Alexander, CRH CFO; Denise McMahan, CRH Assistant Administrator; Judy Krupala, CRH CNO; State Rep. Geanie W. Morrison; Mayor Sara Post Meyer; Lynn Falcone, CRH CEO; Miranda Adams, Clinics Quality Director and Samantha Sutton, CRH Controller.

An estimated 57 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. “These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work; they are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” says Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH CEO. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”

These communities also face unique healthcare needs. “Today more than ever, rural communities must tackle accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens,” Eisinger says. “Meanwhile, rural hospitals are threatened with declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels that makes it challenging to serve their residents.”

Rural hospitals such as Cuero Regional are perhaps the most critical resource utilized by citizens to meet their healthcare needs. Cuero Regional Hospital serves as the health and human service “anchor” or “hub” in the rural Crossroads area, offering residents an array of services and providers in one location.

Cuero Regional Hospital was recognized as a TOP 100 Rural Hospital in 2021; maintains an accredited stroke program, certified maternal and neonatal programs in addition to providing home health services, local wellness center and operates EMS. Cuero Regional Hospital is the largest employer in the county and infuses over $19m annually through staff salaries, supporting the economic health of the county. Cuero Health staff also provided nearly 2000 hours of volunteer work in the community.

Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found at PowerofRural.org. To learn more about NOSORH, visit www.nosorh.org. To learn more about Cuero Regional Hospital, visit www.cuerohospital.org

Editors: Teryl Eisinger can be reached at (586) 739-9940 or teryle@nosorh.org;

Emily Weatherly, CRH, can be reached at (361) 894-5112 or eweatherly@cuerohospital.org