Over half of the hospitals in the state of Alabama have less than 100 beds and are frequently the largest employers in the communities they serve. For this reason, National Rural Health Day (NRHD) on November 17 serves as a well deserved event to showcase the medical and economic impact rural hospitals have on Alabama.
To celebrate NRHD, Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital (BWWMH) of Demopolis, AL is sponsoring a variety of events. To increase awareness of rural health issues that are prevalent in Alabama, BWWMH will be holding a series of health screenings to monitor blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Accessibility of these screenings in rural communities is instrumental in preventing health complications related to high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Through collaboration with the Rural Assistance Program for Churches and Schools, BWWMH has extended these preventative services to several underserved communities and as a result, witnessed a 70 percent decrease in its self-pay admissions in its emergency care unit.
On November 17, BWWMH will also be presenting its first local Rural Health Physician of the Year award. Patients and community members voted for contenders through ballots at the hospital and on BWWMH’s facebook page.
Read more about National Rural Health Day celebrations at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital: http://www.demopolistimes.com/2011/11/11/rural-health-day-hitting-home/