The first line of care in many Illinois small towns is the local hospital. It’s not necessarily a competition with facilities in larger cities. “We offer the standard basic care that we can offer,” says Dave Allen, chief executive of Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney. “When it comes to the more complicated cardiology cases, the more complicated oncology, we have to move those on, because we don’t necessarily have the resources to provide those.”
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“There are services that (the big hospitals) provide that our facilities, being small without a large population base, aren’t able to provide, so we work together in partnership,” says Harry Wolin, administrator of Mason District Hospital in Havana.
The Illinois Hospital Association says “small and rural hospitals” typically have fewer than 100 beds and serve a rural population – and about 50 of the state’s 200 hospitals qualify.