National Rural Health Day

Bertrand Chaffee Hospital has established itself as a rural health provider for more than 70 years. The care we provide is a testament to the power of rural communities.

November 16 was designated National Rural Health Day. Leading up to this date, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is pleased to announce that the Village of Springville, Town of Concord and Town of Sardinia boards each passed resolutions in support of National Rural Health Day.

Key elements from the resolution:

  • Rural communities in New York and throughout the United States are wonderful places to live and work – they are places where people know each other, listen to/respect each other and work together to benefit the community.
  • Rural America is the economic engine that helped the United States become the world leader it is today.
  • Rural citizens possess a selfless, creative, community-minded spirit.
  • Meeting the unique healthcare needs of those citizens is constantly evolving, as rural communities face accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens.
  • Ambulatory and emergency medical services are especially critical in rural America, where 20 percent of the nation’s population lives but nearly 60 percent of all trauma deaths occur.
  • Rural hospitals – in addition to being sources of innovation and resourcefulness that reach beyond geographical boundaries to deliver quality care – are also typically the economic foundation of their communities, with every dollar spent generating about $2.20 for the local economy.
  • Being a rural healthcare provider provides tremendous opportunities to offer more comprehensive, compassionate, patient-centered and holistic care to patients.