CHICAGO - Becker's Hospital Review has published its inaugural list of "50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know."
Rural healthcare leaders face certain challenges that are not present in more urban environments. For instance, only about 10 percent of physicians practice in rural areas, according to a 2010 report prepared by the Southwest Rural Health Research Center, which can lead to physician shortages. Additionally, rural areas tend to struggle with payer mix issues, reduced availability of specialist, and transportation barriers for patients.
This list recognizes rural hospital and health system presidents and CEOs who have shown commitment to providing high-quality, accessible care to their patient populations in the face of rural health challenges.
Leaders included on the list were selected for awards they have received, membership or involvement in prominent local, state or national organizations, recent accomplishments in their community, and their organization's recent performance. Nominations were also considered.
Desiree Einsweiler, Administrator and CEO of Palo Alto County Health System (PACHS) in Emmetsburg is one of the leaders included on the list.
Ms. Einsweiler became CEO of Palo Alto County Health System, a 25-bed critical access hospital, in 2012. She previously served as interim CEO of Mitchell County Regional Health Center in Osage, Iowa, and as regional clinic director of Mercy Medical Center- North Iowa in Mason City for five years.
Ms. Einsweiler said, "I was extremely honored when I learned I had made the list. I always wanted to work for a rural hospital and I love working for PACHS. I realize I am still early in my career, but I believe working in a rural setting is just as rewarding as it is challenging."