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Community to celebrate Rural Health Day on Thursday; special church service planned for Sunday

Community to celebrate Rural Health Day on Thursday; special church service planned for Sunday
November 15
09:07 2021

Stephens Memorial Hospital will recognize the innovation, quality of care, and dedication of health professionals and volunteers in the local community during National Rural Health Day 2021.

Stephens County Judge Michael Roach, right, presents the proclamation declaring Nov. 18 as National Rural Health Day in Stephens County to Brian Roland, CEO of Stephens Memorial Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Stephens Memorial Hospital)

National Rural Health Day falls on the third Thursday in November each year and recognizes the efforts of those serving the health needs of an estimated 57 million people across the nation.

“Stephens Memorial Hospital is proud to serve Breckenridge and the surrounding rural communities as the backdrop of quality care close to home,” Stephens Memorial Hospital CEO Brian Roland said. “Rural hospitals increase local access and allow patients to focus on ‘getting better’ rather than ‘getting to appointments.’ Rural healthcare does more than bring medical care to patients in sparsely populated areas – healthcare can bring vitality to rural communities. Here, most of our patients aren’t strangers.”

On Monday, Oct. 25, Stephens County Judge, Michael Roach signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, Nov. 18, as National Rural Health Day in Stephens County.

On Sunday evening, Nov. 21, the Breckenridge Ministerial Alliance will host a community-wide Thanksgiving service where they will be honoring local hospital staff for all of their hard work throughout this pandemic. The service will begin at 6 p.m.  and will be held at First Christian Church, 101 E. Williams.

All of the staff of Stephens Memorial Hospital is invited to come and be honored. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend the service and show them appreciation and give thanks for their service to the community.

A special website,, has been established for rural health stakeholders to explore, showcase individuals and organizations selected as 2021 Community Stars, and provide visitors with a variety of tools, including social media posts to help #PowerofRural trend in outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. The website also shares how rural communities across the country will be celebrating National Rural Health Day.

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