Critical Issues in Assessing Rural General Surgery Programs
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
12:00 noon-1:00 pm (Arizona Time)
General surgery may not technically be “primary care” but it is a “primary” building block of strong, rural and non-rural community health systems. Insufficient access to general surgery can ultimately lead to the deterioration of rural health care systems. In today’s changing policy environment, every rural hospital providing general surgery is at risk, as is their community. General surgery programs are inextricably linked to maintaining high quality primary care medical care; and general surgery is a significant contributor to the overall operational and financial health of most rural hospitals.
Jonathan Sprague has previously worked with the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) work group on Rural General Surgery and has provided related consulting services in multiple local and national settings. He is one of the nation’s leading experts on this topic. Currently, Mr. Sprague is an Associate of the Center for Rural Health, at The University of Arizona.