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Rural Partners in Medicine

Month: November 2017

Donate While Shopping Cyber Monday Sales!

· In the News ·

Did you know you could be helping local organizations everytime you shop on Amazon? It’s true!

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. This donation is at no additional cost to the customer.

RPM recently noticed partnering hospital, Norton Community Hospital (NCH) in Norton, KS, was signed up as a charity on AmazonSmile. When we asked NCH about it, Katie, NCH’s Marketing and Foundation Director said, “We found out about this opportunity when Amazon sent a letter letting us know we had unclaimed donations.” To claim the donations, Katie followed the directions on org.amazon.com and became an AmazonSmile charity. They now receive a quarterly deposit from the AmazonSmile Foundation.

The intent of AmazonSmile is not to take away from local businesses, but to provide an opportunity to bring money back locally to the hospital and foundation if people happen to use Amazon. It’s simply an additional way to receive donations from the community. “It’s a little bit, but it adds up!” said Katie.

If you wish to be an AmazonSmile charity, please register at org.amazon.com and share your charity link with your community!

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Rural Hospitals Can Prosper & Grow!

· In the News ·

It’s no secret 80 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and another 673 are at risk of closing. But what about the hospitals that are finding ways to prosper with all the economic pressures surrounding them?

In a recent article published by HelathcareDive.com, our partnering hospital, Lexington Regional Medical Center (LRMC) located in Lexington, NE is one of those critical access hospitals that is prospering by acknowledging the shift to value-based care and aligning themselves with quality-driven, cost-conscious trends in healthcare. In 2010, LRMC was experiencing a negative 2.8 total margin. After adding new service lines, an urgent care center, and outpatient surgical services in 2013, LRMC turned their negative margin into a positive 8% total margin.

Also, mentioned in the article was LRMC ability to partner with groups, like RPM, that bring specialty surgeons to the hospital to perform operations. By providing new inpatient and outpatient services, LRMC revenue went from about $20 million in 2010 to about $32 million in 2013.

To learn about what services RPM offers to LRMC and other partnering hospitals, please visit www.ruralpartnersinmedicine.com or call us at 720-432-4419.

To read the entire article, please visit HealthcareDive.com by clicking the following link: In Rural America, Some Hospitals Find a Way to Prosper and Grow

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