Rural Sustainability

We have a big commitment to the smallest communities

Healthcare providers are struggling everywhere, but rural communities are especially vulnerable as hospitals close their doors or scale back services in record numbers. At Ascendient, our roots in rural healthcare run deep, and we're proud to be a national leader in innovative, data-driven solutions for rural healthcare sustainability.

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Introducing the Rural Healthcare Initiative

In 2021, Ascendient helped launch the Rural Healthcare Initiative, a nonprofit advisory collaborative dedicated to bringing real-world solutions to struggling rural providers. As the strategic planning partner at RHI, we're proud to work with governments, hospitals, and health systems to promote health equity & sustainability in rural counties. Learn more about our rural commitment in this blog post, and visit the RHI website by clicking here.

Ascendient helped us plan a replacement hospital facility designed for long-term sustainability – without sacrificing the current needs of our rural community.

Rebecca Carter

Western Region President, FirstHealth of the Carolinas

Our Burden for Rural Healthcare Sustainability

Rural healthcare sustainability is in our DNA. As a consulting firm founded in North Carolina, we have a unique burden for healthcare providers in smaller communities, where needs are great but utilization numbers may be low.

Many rural communities skew older, sicker, and poorer, making it difficult for local hospitals to achieve operational sustainability. In every type of rural geography – mountain, coastal, and farming communities – our consultants have years of experience navigating the unique challenges of rural healthcare delivery. From strategy to finance to operations, we offer unique expertise in rural healthcare sustainability, bolstered by a true sense of mission.

Whether working independently or with our partners in the Rural Healthcare Initiative, we can offer a full suite of consulting services to every type of rural hospital.

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