The Chartis Forum

Briefing

The Rural Health Safety Net Under Pressure: Rural Hospital Vulnerability

The accelerated rate at which rural hospitals are closing continues to unsettle the rural healthcare community and demands a more nuanced investigation into rural hospital performance. Building upon its existing research into the stability of the rural health safety net, The Chartis Center for Rural Health developed a multilevel logistic regression model designed to identify the probability of closure for the nation’s 1,844 open rural hospitals.

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Michael Topchik

National Leader, Chartis Center for Rural Health

Michael Topchik is the National Leader for the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Mr. Topchik specializes in rural health network development and benchmarking for performance improvement consulting. He has established h...

Ken Gross

Former Chief Data Scientist

Ken Gross is the former Chief Data Scientist with The Chartis Group. He has over 15 years of experience as a thought leader for advanced analytic techniques and solution development across the healthcare provider indu...

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Melanie Pinette

Client Services Manager, Chartis Center for Rural Health

Melanie possesses extensive experience working with analyzing healthcare data. She works closely with CCRH’s state networks, providing insight into performance improvement opportunities. Prior to joining CCRH, Melan...

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Troy Brown

Manager, Chartis Center for Rural Health

Troy Brown is a Manager with the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Mr. Brown brings more 15 years of rural healthcare management and consulting experience, with a focus on Critical Access Hospitals and network facilita...

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Billy Balfour

Director of Communications, Chartis Center for Rural Health

Billy leads The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s marketing initiatives. In his role, he works closely with state networks to promote and coordinate various network initiatives designed to educate and help participa...

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Hayleigh Kein

Analyst, Chartis Center for Rural Health

In her role, Hayleigh works closely with The Chartis Center for Rural Health’s clients to better understand and assess performance metrics, including the Hospital Strength INDEX. She’s actively involved in the dev...

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