2012-11-15 / Community

SMH celebrates rural health

MANISTIQUE – Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and other local, state and national rural stakeholders plan to celebrate the second annual National Rural Health Day today, Nov. 15.

NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America and increase awareness of rural healthrelated issues.

“National Rural Health Day gives NOSORH and its partners the opportunity to ‘Celebrate the Power of Rural’ and showcase the good works of America’s 59.5 million rural citizens,” said NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger.

All 50 states maintain a SORH, each of which shares a similar mission: to foster relationships, disseminate information and provide technical assistance.

In Manistique, SMH supports rural citizens through programs such as Medical Care Access Coalition – Schoolcraft, vaccines for children, health care support for the indigent, various health screenings at reduced fees, support groups and more.

SMH celebrates the “power of rural” throughout the year by participating in various community health-related events such as the CBC, the county health fair, student sport physicals, and various support and community social service groups. SMH provides thousands of dollars a year in charitable care, in-kind services and donates to many organizations, schools, clubs, and community organizations in their area.

“Supporting our community primarily in providing excellence in health care is what we do best,” said SMH CEO George Montgomery. “Participating, and in many cases, helping to sponsor valued community events and organizations throughout the year in the promotion of healthy living, healthcare, technology, and education gives us great pleasure.”

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