The Lab is collaborating with Purdue Healthcare Advisors to accelerate collaboration within Indiana’s critical access hospitals. This designation, established by Congress in the late 1990s, responds to the widespread pattern of closures among rural hospitals in the 1980s and early 1990s. These hospitals are continuing to struggle. They are financially vulnerable, yet they are critical…

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Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) is working with 14 Critical Access Hospitals across Indiana to introduce new “lean” processes. These very small hospitals are facing enormous challenges. Some are part of larger healthcare systems that are reorganizing. Others are facing major financial challenges. They chronically have difficulty recruiting and retaining medical staff. Yet, these hospitals provide…

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