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Rural Hospitals And COVID-19

Nurse call button on a hospital bed

This episode originally ran on April 1, 2020.

Ohio has ordered that hospitals cancel non-essential surgeries to free up resources in advance of the expected surge of COVID-19 patients.

Those are the same surgeries that many cash-strapped rural hospitals rely on for primary revenue.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: how rural communities and their health-care providers may come out on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.


  • Lauren Weber, midwest correspondent, Kaiser Health News
  • Alan Morgan, CEO, National Rural Health Association
  • Stacey Gabriel, president and CEO, Hocking Valley Community Hospital
  • Emily Johnson, Rural Health Clinic medical director, Fayette County Memorial Hospital