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St. Francis Hospital Vinita is located in Vinita, Oklahoma, an old railroad town of about 5,300 people nestled in the northeast corner of the state. All told, the hospital serves roughly 25,000 people, from residents of the town and...
The coronavirus pandemic has driven a massive expansion of telehealth, both due to loosening of federal and state regulations allowing public and private insurance payers to be reimbursed for a wider range of telehealth services, and an influx of...
The more than 900 students at Apple Valley Middle School in Hendersonville, NC usually keep the campus buzzing with activity. But a week after the fall semester began, only a few cars dot the parking lot and the front-facing...
When America first instituted quarantine measures for the COVID-19 pandemic, almost everyone followed state and federal rules. Even in rural America. People worked from home if they could and shared space with their children and spouses. If someone had...
When I was at another institution in another job, I worked with a great group of scientists that studied coronaviruses. Secretly, I think we all wanted to eradicate the common cold. It was the most interesting and strangest group...
Telemedicine is in the midst of a flashbulb moment. Just as Americans’ reference “before/after 9/11” to describe how September 11, 2001, forever changed the way we travel, in the not-so-distant future, we will make reference to “before/after COVID-19” to...
Every Wednesday morning, OB-GYN Suzanne Dixon makes a 70-mile drive west along mountainous roads that spiral in a dizzying loop, often with precipitous drops on one side. Her destination? Franklin, a tiny town of about 30,000 in Macon County....
Residents of rural America are dying at a higher rate from cardiovascular disease and stroke than their counterparts in urban areas, a gap that has widened in the past decade. It is one reason why life expectancy among rural...
COVID-19 may help all Georgia advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in unexpected and circuitous ways. The newest and deadly coronavirus has changed nearly everything — maybe (just maybe) this scourge will be the beginning of rural Georgia’s APRN transformation. It...
In the evening of April 13, 2006, my hometown, Iowa City, Iowa, got hit with a major tornado. It uprooted trees, overturned cars and semis, took the steeple off one of the city’s oldest Catholic Churches, and destroyed 35...
David Ralston, Georgia’s Speaker of the House, has his share of problems. While his state leads as the “Top State for Business” for the sixth year in a row, it has failed miserably when it comes to maternal mortality...
For several months in 2015, disgruntled patients in the emergency department at Ellenville Regional Hospital, a 25-bed facility in rural Ulster County, New York, were giving President and CEO Steven Kelley an earful about his staff. Kelley says a...

The Maven Project

As medical director of the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic in Johns Island, South Carolina, Richard Ulmer, MD., knows the challenges patients in rural areas face when it comes to receiving appropriate medical care and accessing physician specialists. The clinic,...
As those of you who read RHQ know, I am want from time to time to drive the roadways of West Texas. I call it my "windshield survey time." I usually stop at a local coffee shop or eatery,...