COLUMBUS, KS.--- Mercy Columbus emphasizes the importance of health care in rural areas. Today is National Rural Health Care Day. Of the more than 100 Kansas hospitals, 83 are in rural parts of the state. Mercy Hospital Columbus is one them, providing 24 hour emergency care as well as weekly specialty services. This afternoon, health experts spoke about the benefits of rural hospitals. That includes providing for an aging population and cutting travel time for patients with critical injuries.
"All of our staff is trained. Basically, what we can do is stabilize and then we can transfer the patient to a larger care facility, and sometimes that means a matter of life or death for the patient," said Cindy Neely, Mercy Columbus President.
Rural Health Care Day was created in 2011 to raise awareness of health issues in rural America.
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