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Rural Hospitals: Go It Alone or Team Up?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

There is an unmistakable trend in health care toward partnering and consolidation. Some rural hospitals in particular, however, choose to remain independent — for the good of their patients, staff and community, they argue. It's about preserving the mission, which is a nice notion.

But is there a business case to be made for "going it alone"? Can it remain a viable strategy? If not, is there a degree of creative partnering that affords local facilities independence and control, yet also access to broader services and lower costs?

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