In the U.S., a large percentage of the population lives in rural areas. Sole community hospitals play a vital role in ensuring that underserved populations have access to the care they need, especially those who do not have Medicare or Medicaid. In addition, SCHs often provide essential services that would otherwise be unavailable, such as trauma care and mental health services.
SCHs also promote economic development by creating jobs and supporting local businesses. By providing these benefits, SCHs play an important role in improving the health of their communities.