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Research completed by NCRHW, finds that recent hospital closures in rural communities have led to an average potential total economic loss of 99 full– and part–time local jobs ranging from 26 to 188 jobs in respective communities. In addition to lost jobs, the average potential loss of wages, salaries, and benefits was $5.3M ranging from $902K to $9.5M in respective communities



Where Rural Healthcare Meets Economic and Community Development

For more than 20 years, the National Center for Rural Health Works (NCRHW) has created over 25 different economic impact tools, a community health needs assessment toolkit, healthcare workforce needs analysis tools and online economic impact tools to support rural stakeholders to better understand the direct, secondary and indirect financial impact that rural health has upon their community, county, region, state and the nation. NCRHW research is centered on three components:

1) Creating/updating economic impact tools, surveys and needs assessment for public usage

2) Education of rural stakeholders of these products through workshops, webinars and the website

3) Technical support to stakeholders as they use the products and federal partners statistical requests.

Basic economic impact methodology could be applied to many areas

We originally partnered with the NCRHW to conduct economic impact of our new school, but soon realized that the basic economic impact methodology could be applied to many areas. We partnered with both the NCAHD and the NCRHW in our efforts to support our OneHealth initiatives by measuring the economic impact of both veterinarians and primary care physicians throughout our Appalachian region, which was a keystone tool/products that launched many of our other activities.

Jason Johnson,DVM, MS, DACT, Vice President and Dean
Lincoln Memorial University, College of Veterinary Medicine

NCRHW is and will continue to be an important voice

The National Center for Rural Health Works is an invaluable resource to the American Hospital Association (AHA) and its 2100 rural hospital members. AHA has collaborated with NCRHW for many years on multiple projects. For example, NCRHW was referenced in our TrendWatch, “Beyond Health Care: The Economic Contribution of Hospitals,” and featured in our two-part webinar series on the “Economic Impact of Rural Hospitals and Health Networks.” NCRHW is and will continue to be an important voice on the economic significance of rural hospitals to the communities they serve.

John Supplitt, Senior Director
American Hospital Directory Constituency Sections

NCRHW now a partner of VCOM

With nearly 60% of our graduates becoming primary care physicians and over 50% practicing in a rural or under-served setting, our school fully appreciates the economic and employment impact our students and schools have upon the nation. With NCRHW now a partner of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, we’ll share with faculty, students and stakeholders NCRHW’s vast resources through our vast education network.

Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO , Provost and President
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine