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 42: Rural Healthcare in Isolated Communities

Rural hospitals typically serve smaller populations, but today, we are talking about rural hospitals that serve geographically isolated locations. Our guest today is David Jahn, President and CEO of War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.
October 28, 2021

Minisode: Vaccine Mandate

This week JJ and Rachel discuss the potential ramifications of the upcoming federal vaccine mandate, and how the mandate could affect rural hospitals and the communities they serve.
October 21, 2021

Episode 41: Favorite Moments, Behind-the-Scenes and Outtakes

With Hillsdale Hospital receiving a record number of COVID cases, it's all hands on deck at the hospital. So, we don't have a traditional episode for you this week, but instead we have a small collection of some of our favorite past moments, as well as some outtakes and behind-the-scenes audio.
October 14, 2021

Episode 40: Virtual Hospital During COVID-19

This week, we are discussing one hospital's creative solution to manage the health of their growing number of COVID-19 patients. A system implemented early in the pandemic and used ever since. Our guests today are Kathy Bailey, CEO and Dr. Anthony Frank, CMO, of UNC Health Blue Ridge.
October 7, 2021

Minisode: COVID-19 in Rural Hospitals

This week, JJ and Rachel discuss the challenges posed to rural hospitals from the pandemic as cases increase, and while some hospitals are seeing some of the worst surges their communities have experienced.
September 30, 2021

Episode 39: Bringing Specialties Back to Rural Hospitals

This week, are talking about specialty care and how rural hospitals can bring back services and service lines that may have left their communities for one reason or another. Our guest today is Nicholle Mehr, Chief Strategy Officer at Hillsdale Hospital as well as President and CEO of The Mehr Group. The Mehr Group:
September 23, 2021

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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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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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