Baptist Carroll County Joins American Heart Association Initiative to Address Rural Health

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Carroll County has joined the American Heart Association’s Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator to help eliminate rural health disparities.

According to the American Heart Association, people in rural areas live, on average, three years less than their urban counterparts. Rural populations also have a 40% higher likelihood of developing heart disease and face a 30% increased risk for stroke mortality.

The Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator provides participating hospitals with no-cost access to Get With The Guidelines quality programs and access to clinical experts, quality consultants and other resources to address the unique health needs of patients in rural areas.

“Baptist Carroll County is proud to be taking on this important work as a Rural Pathfinder Hospital to help ensure the highest quality of care for people in Carroll County,” said Susan Breeden, CEO and administrator of Baptist Carroll County. “Meeting the unique needs of people in rural areas is critical to improving health for all.”

Baptist Carroll County will work other rural clinical experts and leaders to help develop clinical decision pathways and publish rural quality and outcomes research. The hospital and other participating Pathfinder sites will have access to professional education, an online rural community network that encourages peer-to-peer connection, and resources to support model practice sharing and collaborative innovation.