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BILL BRUCE, CEO OF CRAWFORD COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, RECOGNIZED AS A 2018 NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY “COMMUNITY STAR”

11/15/18

(Denison, IA) – The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has announced Bill Bruce, the CEO of Crawford County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), will be recognized as a “Community Star” on Thursday, November 15. Bruce is being honored for his vision and initiative in helping to form the CCMH Community Cares Patient Transportation Service.

Bruce provided the oversight for the development of the Community Cares Patient Transportation Service which was implemented at CCMH in March 2015. Over the past 3 ½ years, the service has provided free transportation to patients in Crawford County and surrounding areas to see their medical providers in Denison.

Run almost entirely by group of more than 40 volunteers, the CCMH Patient Transportation Service has given almost 10,500 rides to over 4,600 patients. Volunteers have driven in excess of 130,000 miles to provide the transportation service to patients at no cost.

“It is a well-deserved honor“, said Tom Gustafson, Chairman of the CCMH Board of Trustees. “Bill demonstrates his leadership at our hospital in many ways and the Patient Transportation Service is an excellent example of his desire to put the focus on patients and their needs.”

Bill Bruce will appear in the 2018 edition of “Community Stars” that will be available on the https://www.PowerofRural.org website, the official hub for National Rural Health Day and the Power of Rural movement, beginning November 15, 2018.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) leads the National Rural Health Day (NRHD) on the third Thursday of November every year. It is an annual day of recognition for those who serve the vital health needs of nearly 60 million people residing in America’s rural communities, estimated to be 1 in 5 Americans. NOSORH is the member organization serving all 50 State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) with Iowa headquartered in Des Moines.

SORHs provide support to rural hospitals, clinics, and first responders in several ways including technical assistance, funding that supports workforce development, population health management, quality improvement initiatives, and more.

The National Organization of State Office of Rural Health is the membership association of the nation’s 50 State Offices of Rural Health. State Offices of Rural Health are anchors of information and support for rural communities, health professionals, hospitals and clinics across the nation. They are dedicated to collaboration, education, communication and innovation to improve health in small towns around the country.