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Rural Health Rising

Rural Health Rising

Rural Health Rising is a weekly podcast exploring the healthcare triumphs, challenges and opportunities facing rural America.

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Episode 83: Telehealth and NRHA Advocacy Update

Telehealth was brought to the forefront of healthcare delivery models during the COVID-19 pandemic as patients were hesitant to leave their homes and the need for isolation and social distancing required more virtual care. During the public health emergency, telehealth has been reimbursed, but the future of that reimbursement is uncertain as the expected end of the public health emergency looms. So, how do rural hospitals understand and advocate for reimbursement to sustain telehealth as a standard care delivery option. On today’s episode, hosts JJ and Rachel talk with Josh Jorgensen, Government Affairs and Policy Director at the National Rural Health Association, to discuss payment models that support rural healthcare's needs for their patients and their communities. Follow Rural Health Rising on Twitter! https://twitter.com/ruralhealthpod https://twitter.com/hillsdaleCEOJJ https://twitter.com/ruralhealthrach Follow The HCS Group on social media or visit online! https://www.facebook.com/TheHCSgroup https://www.linkedin.com/company/thehcsgroup/ https://www.hcs-group.com Follow Hillsdale Hospital on social media! https://www.facebook.com/hillsdalehospital https://www.twitter.com/hillsdalehosp https://www.linkedin.com/company/hillsdale-community-health-center https://www.instagram.com/hillsdalehospital/ Audio Engineering & Original Music by Kenji Ulmer https://www.kenjiulmer.com/
December 1, 2022

Episode 82: Partnerships for High-Tech Imaging

As rural hospitals work to serve their patients locally, accessing state-of-the-art, cutting-edge or advanced imaging technologies can be a barrier, meaning patients either leave town for care or don’t get care at all. So, how do rural hospitals expand their offerings to give patients the care they need at home? On today’s episode, hosts JJ and Rachel talk with Brian Madison, president and CEO of The HCS Group, about the need for advanced imaging in rural communities and how to meet it. Follow Rural Health Rising on Twitter! https://twitter.com/ruralhealthpod https://twitter.com/hillsdaleCEOJJ https://twitter.com/ruralhealthrach Follow The HCS Group on social media or visit online! https://www.facebook.com/TheHCSgroup https://www.linkedin.com/company/thehcsgroup/ https://www.hcs-group.com Follow Hillsdale Hospital on social media! https://www.facebook.com/hillsdalehospital https://www.twitter.com/hillsdalehosp https://www.linkedin.com/company/hillsdale-community-health-center https://www.instagram.com/hillsdalehospital/ Audio Engineering & Original Music by Kenji Ulmer https://www.kenjiulmer.com/
November 24, 2022

Mini-Sode: National Rural Health Day & RHR’s Anniversary!

In celebration of National Rural Health Day and the two-year anniversary of Rural Health Rising, hosts JJ and Rachel discuss what “The Power of Rural” means to them. Celebrate National Rural Health Day using #PowerofRural and #NationalRuralHealthDay on social media! https://www.powerofrural.org Follow Rural Health Rising on Twitter! https://twitter.com/ruralhealthpod  https://twitter.com/hillsdaleCEOJJ  https://twitter.com/ruralhealthrach  Follow Hillsdale Hospital on social media! https://www.facebook.com/hillsdalehospital https://www.twitter.com/hillsdalehosp https://www.linkedin.com/company/hillsdale-community-health-center https://www.instagram.com/hillsdalehospital/   Audio Engineering & Original Music by Kenji Ulmer https://www.kenjiulmer.com/
November 17, 2022

Episode 81: Reducing Transfers from Rural Hospitals

Rural hospitals often transfer patients for higher levels of care, both from the emergency room and their inpatient units. But sending them to another facility can be detrimental to the hospital, not to mention the hardship it creates for families and loved ones to visit during the patient’s hospitalization out of town. So, how do rural hospitals take care of their patients locally as often as possible? On today’s episode, hosts JJ and Rachel talk with Doris Whorley, Director of Risk Management, Patient Advocate and Recipient Rights Advisor, about the necessity of transfers and how to minimize them. Follow Rural Health Rising on Twitter! https://twitter.com/ruralhealthpod https://twitter.com/hillsdaleCEOJJ https://twitter.com/ruralhealthrach Follow Hillsdale Hospital on social media! https://www.facebook.com/hillsdalehospital https://www.twitter.com/hillsdalehosp https://www.linkedin.com/company/hillsdale-community-health-center https://www.instagram.com/hillsdalehospital/ Audio Engineering & Original Music by Kenji Ulmer https://www.kenjiulmer.com/
November 10, 2022

Episode 80: A Legislative Legacy: Standing Up and Standing Alone for Rural Hospitals

Rural hospitals need support from their state legislatures to operate in a way that not only allows them to best serve their communities, but to survive in an increasingly challenging environment. Fighting for critical funding is often an uphill battle, especially when that means supporting programs that are unpopular in their community or with their elected officials. So, how do rural hospitals ensure that their voice is heard and their critical needs are met at the state legislative level? On today’s episode, hosts JJ and Rachel talk with Mike Shirkey, State Senate Majority Leader, about ensuring rural hospitals are heard at the state legislative level. Follow Rural Health Rising on Twitter! https://twitter.com/ruralhealthpod https://twitter.com/hillsdaleCEOJJ https://twitter.com/ruralhealthrach Follow Sen. Mike Shirkey on social media or visit him online! https://www.facebook.com/MikeShirkeyforMichigan https://twitter.com/senmikeshirkey Follow Hillsdale Hospital on social media! https://www.facebook.com/hillsdalehospital https://www.twitter.com/hillsdalehosp https://www.linkedin.com/company/hillsdale-community-health-center https://www.instagram.com/hillsdalehospital/ Audio Engineering & Original Music by Kenji Ulmer https://www.kenjiulmer.com/
November 3, 2022

Episode 79: Life as a CRNA in a Rural Hospital

Recruiting specialty and advanced practice providers to rural communities is a challenge for many small hospitals, especially in today’s environment. Retaining enough staff to provide needed coverage is no small feat, especially for critical services like anesthesia that keep other service lines in operation. So, how do rural hospitals recruit and keep excellent providers in their challenging and unique hospital settings? On today’s episode, hosts JJ and Rachel talk with John Gadwood, CRNA at Hillsdale Hospital, about managing an advanced practice provider group in rural America. Follow Rural Health Rising on Twitter! https://twitter.com/ruralhealthpod https://twitter.com/hillsdaleCEOJJ https://twitter.com/ruralhealthrach Follow Northstar Anesthesia on social media or visit them online! https://www.northstaranesthesia.com/ https://www.facebook.com/NorthStarAnes/  https://twitter.com/NorthStarAnes  https://instagram.com/northstaranes  Follow Hillsdale Hospital on social media! https://www.facebook.com/hillsdalehospital https://www.twitter.com/hillsdalehosp https://www.linkedin.com/company/hillsdale-community-health-center https://www.instagram.com/hillsdalehospital/ Audio Engineering & Original Music by Kenji Ulmer https://www.kenjiulmer.com/
October 27, 2022

Rural Health Rising

Listen as Hillsdale Hospital President and CEO J.J Hodshire teams up with Director of Marketing & Development Rachel Lott to interview experts in rural health and rural issues that impact healthcare.

Rural Health Rising aims to bring attention to the unique circumstances rural healthcare providers operate within and create awareness regarding the major issues facing rural hospitals today. From rural hospital leaders to academic researchers to educators and economic development professionals, we hope to shed light on the important role rural hospitals play in their communities.
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Team

JJ Hodshire

JJ Hodshire

Jeremiah J. (JJ) Hodshire is President & CEO of Hillsdale Hospital. He co-hosts Rural Health Rising, a weekly podcast about healthcare triumphs, challenges and opportunities facing rural America. He joined Hillsdale in 2010 as Director of Organizational Development, becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2019 and taking the helm as President & CEO in June 2020. Before that, he served as Hillsdale County Undersheriff for 10 years. JJ holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership & Administration from Concordia University and a BA in Political Economics from Hillsdale College.
Rachel Lott

Rachel Lott

Rachel J. Lott is Director of Marketing & Development at Hillsdale Hospital, leading marketing, development and community outreach. She produces and co-hosts Rural Health Rising, a weekly podcast about healthcare triumphs, challenges and opportunities facing rural America. She joined Hillsdale in June 2019 from PR agency Group Stellar, where she was VP & Creative Director. She has also worked in economic development and education. She has a Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications from the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University and a BA in Journalism-PR from Baylor University.

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