Practicing Rural Emergency Medical Care
Approximately 60 million Americans live in rural communities across the United States. When it comes to health care, they face unique challenges compared to patients who live in urban communities. There are far fewer physicians, both primary care and specialists, and patients must travel further distances to get to physicians and hospitals. There are also proportionately more severe auto accidents and trauma-related deaths despite the overall lower population. In the current economic environment, many rural hospitals have been forced to close labor and delivery units – meaning that pregnant women must now travel even further for care.
Innova Emergency Medical Associates helps hospitals tackle the difficult problems of physician recruitment and Emergency Department quality. We are drawn to the numerous benefits of practicing medicine in rural areas – especially the relationship that forms between the physician and the members of the hospital staff, our patients and the community as a whole. We wanted to create a way to recruit highly qualified, board certified Emergency Medicine physicians to provide world-class care to areas that had struggled with either staffing or quality in their Emergency Department – and it has been a huge success!
Our hospitals have been shocked by our ability to change the culture of their Emergency Department and take the quality of care delivered to new heights. Our physicians are dedicated to patient safety, ED throughput, and provide outstanding patient care.