by Derek Murzyn, Market CEO, Carolinas ContinueCARE Hospitals
A healthy culture, local relationships, and specialty services are a winning combination for Carolinas ContinueCARE Hospitals. These distinctions are the foundation for long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) success for us locally and can help other facilities as well.
It’s gratifying to see first-hand how patients with critical and complex needs improve—thanks to long-term acute care hospitals or LTACHs. And now, since the Moratorium restricting LTACHs officially ended on September 30, 2017, more patients will have greater availability to be cared for in the specialized care setting of an LTACH.
Guest blog by Audrey Smith, Critical Access Hospital Coalition Executive Director
Since 2010, 81 rural hospitals have closed in the United States with another 673 at risk, endangering the health of individuals, families, and communities. Nearly 30 million people don’t live within an hour of trauma care. In fact, residents living in 16% of the mainland United States are 30 miles or more away from the nearest hospital.