Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why approximately 57 million people – one in five Americans – call them home. These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to celebrate the “Power of Rural”, bringing to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face and showcasing the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.
Elbert Memorial Hospital’s CEO, Kerry Trapnell, was selected as the 2020 Community Star for the state of Georgia by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). Trapnell was selected for this national honor with his diligent work in meeting several goals associated with the Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant and achieving Critical Access status for EMH, the first Georgia hospital in nearly 20 years to gain this status.