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National Rural Health Day

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why approximately 57 million people – one in five Americans – call them home. These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to celebrate the “Power of Rural”, bringing to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face and showcasing the efforts of our dedicated rural healthcare providers.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day. This year’s celebration will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

We extend our gratitude and appreciation to all who are involved in keeping our communities healthy including organizations from Fire/Rescue, EMS, Law Enforcement, Health Department, ADRC, nursing homes and home health agencies, to school health nurses, fitness centers and all those in between. We appreciate the work they do to promote the importance of health and wellness.


In the spirit of recognizing the “Power of Rural”, we'd like to spotlight a few of our staff who share why rural healthcare is important to them and our communities.

Dr. Eli James, Family Practice

Nate Stocco, PA-C, Orthopedics

Dr. Kim Perttu, Family Practice

Bobbi Jo Pink, GRCC

Sara Harris, Radiology

Carol Addison, Surgery

Carrie Blessen, Med/Surg

Michelle Christiansen, Business Office

Dr. Ian Stormont, Urology

Jackie Edge, M/S, ER

Dave Recker, Rehab

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