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McKenzie Health System to Celebrate National Rural Health Day on November 17

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With a theme of “Driving Change—Going the Extra Mile,” McKenzie Health System will once again celebrate National Rural Health Day. The annual celebration, recognizing the “selfless, community-minded and determined spirit that prevails in rural America,” takes place the third Thursday of November.

“We are incredibly proud of our vibrant, innovative rural healthcare system and are delighted to celebrate National Rural Health Day in the community once again,” said Billi Jo Hennika, Chief Operating Officer at McKenzie Health System. “With personalized care and a compassionate approach, we are a strong part of the backbone of our community and are honored to do the work we do each day.”

National Rural Health Day showcases the efforts of rural healthcare providers, organizations and cooperatives, state offices of rural health and stakeholders from various industry sectors dedicated to addressing Social Determinants of Health and the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face today and into the future. Nearly 1,300 Critical Access Hospitals and another 900 rural hospitals, support the acute care landscape of rural communities.

Nationwide events are planned to honor the 61 million Americans who live in rural communities across the country while recognizing the unique healthcare challenges of rural areas. All 50 states maintain a State Office of Rural Health, each of which shares a similar mission: to foster relationships, disseminate information, and provide technical assistance that improves access to and the quality of health care for its rural citizens.

Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found at