A rural hospital making big moves

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | July 23, 2021
From the July 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

KB: The gougers came out in full force. I was never so disappointed in a group of vendors in my whole life. Typically, we were paying approximately 87 cents for a disposable isolation gown. At the height of the pandemic, we were being charged $8 for a single gown. So it was extraordinarily expensive to keep all our PPE in stock. However, we never ran out and we never had to compromise on how to gown up and protect ourselves and keep others safe. Through the federal CARES act we received extra money to offset the increased expenses for those types of equipment.

HCB News: Were these price increases with vendors you had relationships with or ones you hadn’t worked with?
KB: The vendors we work with were great, but they ran out. It forced us to find others we normally don’t do business with.

HCB News: Is there anything we missed that you’d like to mention?
KB: I just want to say that rural hospitals might not have the flash of the big healthcare systems, but we know what we do and do it well.

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