Physician recruitment and retention: How 2 rural hospitals are overcoming the challenge

From Becker’s (Hat Tip: Dr. Menadue):

Recruiting and retaining physicians poses a significant challenge for rural hospitals.

In fact, a 2016 Merritt Hawkins white paper cited 6,080 Health Care Professional Shortage Areas for primary care nationwide, 67 percent of which are in rural locations.

There are several reasons hospitals in rural areas have trouble recruiting physicians. Many rural hospitals are in towns that may not be attractive to physicians, and they are often in isolated geographic areas with a more limited local candidate pool.

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