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Fairfield Memorial Hospital Awarded for Effort to Eliminate Rural Health Disparities

People who live in rural communities live an average of three years fewer than their urban counterparts and face a 30% increased risk for stroke mortality — a gap that has grown over the past two decades. Fairfield Memorial Hospital is committed to changing that.

For efforts to improve stroke care and eliminate rural health disparities, Fairfield Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Rural Recognition Bronze award.

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, recognizes that people in rural areas face a unique set of challenges to accessing health care and that rural hospitals must work with varied patient care dynamics. For that reason, all rural hospitals participating in Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke are eligible to receive award recognition focused on a unique set of performance metrics.

“We are proud that our team at Fairfield Memorial Hospital is being recognized for the important work we do every day to improve the lives of people in our community who are affected by stroke, giving them the best possible chance of recovery and survival,” stated FMH CEO, Katherine Bunting-Williams. “Meeting the unique needs of our community is critical to improving health outcomes.”

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Pictured in the front row left to right: Mendie Heater, MBA, BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RT (R); Rachel Ewing, MSN, RN, CNO.

Pictured in middle row left to right: Amy Cole, RN; Megan Link, RN; Jessica Austin, R.T. (R)(CT); Rachel Walls, Unit Secretary; Jennifer Young, RN, ER Nurse Manager

Pictured in the back row left to right: Dawn Murbarger, EMT-P, Clinical Educator; Merri Corbett-Mercer, EMT-P; James Moore, RT(R)


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