Revitalizing Health in Rural Appalachia

From Route Fifty:

“We started talking about potential solutions,” he said. “I thought the best solution, instead of the people from Sequatchie County coming to Erlanger for health care, was Erlanger coming to them. But, initially, people at Erlanger didn’t think what I was suggesting was even feasible.”

Winick, along with county officials, worked to get federal and state authorization to reopen the emergency department. After years of negotiations, investments of $250,000 from ARC and the county, and a long-term lease agreement for $1 per year, Erlanger reopened the 12,000-square-foot facility in July 2014, featuring 24-hour care for children and adults. Doctors could treat common ailments, from broken bones and sports injuries to bouts of the flu, while patients suffering from more serious issues—stroke, heart attack—could be air-lifted to other facilities.

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