Rural health care has unique challenges
Rural nursing homes will survive, but they are currently facing severe problems that will require creative solutions, American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living CEO and President Mark Parkinson said Wednesday.
“We have some massive workforce challenges that will create opportunities and innovation, and we will be fine down the road, but in the short run, we’ve got some enormous problems,” he said at Sanford Health’s Summit on the Future of Rural Health Care.
Sanford is a South Dakota-based health system, of which The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society — one of the largest non-profit nursing home providers in the United States — is a part. Many of the themes and messages put forward Tuesday at the Summit dovetail with recent comments and concerns that Good Samaritan Society executives have voiced to Skilled Nursing News, including the threat to nursing home access posed by the challenges facing rural operators.