Rural Health Providers

Rural Hospitals Brace For COVID-19

May 13, 2020
Ferrell Hospital

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, some of the biggest outbreaks have been concentrated in urban areas, like New York City and Chicago. But rural America isn’t immune to the virus — and many rural areas are already dealing with a scarcity of health care.

Ferrell Hospital, in Eldorado, is bracing for coronavirus. While most of Illinois’ cases have concentrated in the Chicago area, Dr. Joseph Jackson, a physician at Ferrell, said the virus spreading to rural areas like the ones his hospital serves is inevitable.

WSIU/Kevin Boucher

This year, to honor excellence in the field of mental health care, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, handed out 26 awards nationwide to highlight exceptional service in the field of mental health care.  Two of those awards went to providers in southern Illinois: The SIU School of Medicine, The Trauma Informed Systems of Care Learning Collaborative, The Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network in Anna and the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.  In this report, we will hear what this means to rural southern Illinois.