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Stroudwater Associates Further Increases Support for Rural & Community Healthcare
Despite continuing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the rural and community healthcare consulting firm continued to deliver strategic, operational, financial, and clinical expertise to healthcare leaders across the nation
By: Stroudwater Associations
Over 20 rural hospitals have closed since the start of the pandemic, making it the largest loss of rural hospitals since the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services and Research started keeping records in 2005. To support rural communities and remaining hospitals through this enormous loss, Stroudwater Associates continued to build on its mission to partner with healthcare leaders to positively impact community health across the United States through new service offerings and enhancements to cloud-based applications.
In 2021, the advisory firm's clinical team launched a prescription opioid management program to assist primary care clinics and provider practices in managing chronic-pain patients on long-term opioid therapy. The clinician-led team worked closely with the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute to become practice facilitators of the Six Building Blocks Program. Additionally, Stroudwater Associates' analytics team developed and launched two cloud-based applications to help hospital leaders improve revenue, increase efficiency, and maximize pricing integrity.
"We are proud that our partnership with healthcare systems continues to positively impact rural communities across the country," said Stroudwater Associates Managing Director Jeff Sommer. "It underscores our belief that by combining the power of our team with health system leaders, we can lift rural and community healthcare and transform it for the future needs of the 60 million Americans who depend on it."
Stroudwater Associates 2021 impact by the numbers:
To continue to build on its mission, Stroudwater Associates hired five new team members,
To learn more about Stroudwater, visit www.stroudwater.com.
About Stroudwater Associates
Founded in 1985, Stroudwater Associates is a leading national healthcare consulting firm with offices in Atlanta, Nashville, and Portland, Maine. We focus on strategic, operational, and financial areas where our perspective offers the highest value for rural hospitals, community hospitals, healthcare systems, and large physician groups. Stroudwater's team includes clinicians, managers, corporate officers, investment bankers, financial analysts, and content specialists with deep domain expertise.
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