Bridewell Heads Efforts to Increase Viability of Rural Delta Hospitals

Via Arkansas Medical News

Profitability increasingly challenges rural hospitals having a large number of Medicaid and Medicare patients in areas that are economically distressed with an unhealthy patient population. Besides providing life-saving healthcare services, rural hospitals play a significant economic role by being one of the largest, best-paying employers in the area and one of the largest purchasers of supplies.

An organization that is working hard to keep rural hospitals in the Delta healthy is the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) headed by CEO Mellie Bridewell. ARHP is pulling together rural hospitals throughout South Arkansas (mainly the Delta region of the state) to share services and provide better care for the areas served. ARHP is a non-profit partnership of fourteen individually owned rural hospitals that provides support services and programs, cost-saving resources and negotiation, provider training and education, and access to patient education opportunities to enable its partners to provide the best care locally ...

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Arkansas Rural Health Partnership
The Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP) is a public nonprofit comprised of twelve rural hospital members spanning southeast Arkansas. Together it continues to expand, nurture and provide programs throughout the Partnership’s individual communities and the south Arkansas Delta region.

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