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By RICK BOSTON
Staff Writer 

Bucking the Trend

As Rural Healthcare Declines, Conemaugh Nason Shows Growth

 

November 27, 2019

Rick Boston

Employees and officials gathered in the lobby of Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring on Wednesday, Nov. 20, to celebrate receiving an award for Rural Health Program of the Year presented by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health. Nationwide trends have seen a decline in rural healthcare but Nason has experienced growth, including the opening of a Cardiac Catheterization Lab last January.

Rural healthcare across the United States is facing a crisis. According to data compiled by the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, 119 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and another 430 are at risk of closing.

The loss of a rural hospital not only has a negative economic effect on a community, it also could cost lives by having to travel further for emergency medical services, when often every second counts.

While the nationwide trend sees small communities losing their hospitals, Conemaugh Nason Medical Center in Roaring Spring is not only thriving, but also expanding...



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