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Jeff Tindle, CEO of Carroll County Memorial Hospital recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he and other Missouri Hospital representatives visited with members of the state’s congressional delegation about the importance of critical access hospitals to health care access and rural economics in Missouri. Missouri’s 35 CAHs, including Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), provide an oversized value to the state, creating access to health care, economic security for families and seniors, and jobs to rural communities across the nation. ”You know the critical importance of the issues represented by the delegation. You know face to face discussion is more effective than corresponding in writing. You just hope the importance and impact of the message is understood and embraced by your Congressman as he/she are inundated with “messages” from so many groups” said Jeff Tindle, Chief Executive Officer Carroll County Memorial Hospital.
Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) such as CCMH serve as high quality access points for around-the-clock emergency services, inpatient and outpatient services, as well as opportunities to access specialists without incurring tremendous costs in time and travel for those in need. CAHs make it possible for patients to receive care at home in their rural communities where they can be surrounded by family and other social supports.
Missouri’s delegation to Washington, D.C., has consistently supported the CAH program. However, a recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General has recommended changes to the program that could undermine the ability of CAHs in Missouri to continue to serve their communities.
Missouri’s CAHs provide nearly 10 percent of the state’s inpatient hospital care and 9 percent of emergency care. In many of the communities they serve, they provide the primary access to physician services locally.
Hospital’s and Schools are the lifeline of most small communities. That is clearly the case for Carrollton and our surrounding service area. Without CAH standing, an already challenging operating situation would raise almost impossible. The citizens that Carroll County Memorial Hospital deserve local healthcare services. CCMH is prepared to provide local healthcare services at all cost” said. CEO Jeff Tindle.
For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital or an appointment, visit our website www.carrollcountyhospital.org or call 660-542-1695.