The Livingston County Health Center will celebrate National Rural Health Day on Friday.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Public Information Supervisor Ann Burchett:

Ann Burchett

Burchett says this a relatively new way of recognizing efforts made in small towns to provide quality health care.  “It’s only been going on a couple of years now, but it educates people how, in rural communities like ours, all the different entities have to work together to create the healthcare system because we lack some of the services found in bigger cities,” said Burchett,” We really just want to let our residents know what we do and how we work with the hospital and other health agencies in town.”

The agency will mark the occasion by inviting residents of Livingston County to visit their facility.  “What we are going to do is host an open house,” said Burchett,” We’re going to have all kinds of hot beverages and pastries that morning.  We just invite everyone in the community to stop by, have a snack, and learn more about what we do.  I think we will also be doing blood pressure screenings and giving flu shots, as long as we have a supply of vaccine available.”

The event is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 16th at the Health Center located at 800 Adam Drive.

Press Release:

Livingston County Health Center would like to invite county residents to join us in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Friday, November 16th.   Hot beverages and tasty treats will be served in our classroom from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.   Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Rural communities have unique healthcare needs. Today more than ever, these smaller communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens.  Rural hospitals – which are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care – struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents.

National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit of that prevails in rural America. But it also gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.

We know there is work to be done, but we also believe there is plenty to celebrate – and we invite you to join the celebration!

All services of the health center are provided on a non-discriminatory basis.