Small hospitals that provide key medical services to rural residents—in some cases, to those who might not have access to any other health care providers—face increasing financial challenges that ultimately can impact their ability to provide quality care. To support the quality of health care in rural communities, The Duke Endowment seeks to strengthen hospitals in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Small and Rural Hospitals Face Financial Challenges
In communities that are isolated geographically, a single hospital often provides crucial care for residents of all ages. Small and rural hospitals, however, face increasing financial challenges: competing for medical and health care professionals, maintaining financial sustainability, improving quality of care, and investing in state-of-the-art technologies and facilities. These challenges impact the quality of service in rural communities and jeopardize the sustainability of hospitals—ultimately placing the well-being of patients at risk.
Investing in Rural Hospitals
To help small and rural hospitals operate more efficiently and serve patients better, The Duke Endowment has supported investment in new technologies and equipment; education and training opportunities for medical and health care providers working in rural hospitals; development of programs that promote health and well-being, increased access to care and improved quality of care; and construction and renovation of medical care facilities serving rural communities.