This brief presents updated data for Rural Emergency
Hospital (REH)-eligible hospitals, compares several
financial and operational measures of three rural
hospitals that are on public record as having expressed
interest in REH conversion to all the REH-eligible
hospitals, and discusses what factors may ultimately
determine the number of rural hospitals that convert to
REH. Publishing more recent financial information for
REH-eligible hospitals provides comparative information
for hospitals considering conversion to REH and the data
for the three rural hospitals that expressed interest in
conversion provide some real-life examples of hospitals
that might convert to REH.
- There are large differences among selected financial
and operational measures for three rural hospitals that
are on the record as having expressed interest in REH
- REH conversion may attract a wider range of hospitals
than previously estimated.
- What might ultimately determine the number of rural
hospitals that convert to REH includes the risk of
financial distress and closure, the business case,
community support, and consolidation.