“Rural healthcare is in need of solutions. If we continue to compete in the traditional healthcare market, we are doomed. We have got to find different ways, different avenues of bringing care into our communities.”
CEO, Highlands Health System
Highlands Health System is a community hospital in eastern Kentucky. Highlands’ cardiovascular program faces challenges with
staffing, finances, and regulations that are common to regional healthcare systems throughout the United States.
For many years, Highlands ran a thriving cardiovascular program run by a cardiologist local to the area. With this cardiovascular leader at the helm, they successfully served the needs of their community. However, when their head cardiologist received an attractive offer to join a larger practice, Highlands suddenly found itself facing a serious challenge.
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