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Elective Surgeries May Resume, Finances At Rural Hospitals Still Threatened By COVID-19

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — On Wednesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signaled that restrictions on elective medical procedures may ease soon. Still, it may take time for hospitals to catch up financially.  Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, ordered all hospitals to postpone elective surgeries and medical procedures in March. This measure was… Read More

A patient is prepared for blood work Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at a Boston area medical clinic.

Adena Health System Offering Curbside Lab Collections for Blood Work

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB) — Adena Health System announced it is offering drive-up service for patients who require standard blood work to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to a press release, the locations are in Jackson, Waverly, and Chillicothe. Patients are able to drive up to Adena locations and have blood drawn, which the… Read More

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How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting Hospitals in Athens and Hocking Counties

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The state of Ohio has asked all hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, which could put strain on rural hospitals’ finances. The chief nursing officer at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital said she feels confident in the hospital’s ability to serve the Athens community if there is a surge in COVID-19 cases. Rhonda Dixon… Read More

Kristi Reyes now spends time with her grandson in her new home.

Homelessness and Health Costs: This Kentucky Mom Faced Cancer While Living in Her Car

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Cancer was what finally pushed Kristi Reyes into living in her car. The mother of four had worked all her life, starting at age 7 when she helped out at her family’s furniture store. Most of her work was in retail. It was paycheck-to-paycheck but she kept her kids together and a roof over their… Read More

Rural Voices: Caring for Trans and Gender Diverse Communities


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Rural Voices is a day-long summit for health and social service professionals to learn how to improve care for transgender and gender diverse people living in rural America. The learning objectives for Rural Voices are: Develop a foundational knowledge about gender diversity, including health needs and disparities. Increase skills and confidence for providing medical and… Read More

Kasich Commits $2 Million to Children’s Health Research

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Gov. John Kasich is pledging another $2 million to support shared medical research among children’s hospitals in Ohio. The additional money comes after the governor committed $2 million in 2011 to spur collaborative research among the hospitals on children’s health issues. Kasich made the announcement Thursday at a Statehouse event. The funds will be divided… Read More