CLEWISTON — Access to healthcare is always important in rural areas, but in times of uncertainty, having medical care nearby is more critical than ever. In recognition of National Rural Health Day, Hendry Regional Medical Center is showing appreciation for the healthcare professionals who are working to protect their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At a time when we rely on medical professionals more than ever, we are fortunate to have a robust healthcare system in Hendry County,” said R.D. Williams, CEO at Hendry Regional Medical Center. “We are highlighting the efforts of rural providers and reminding the community that you can count on the medical services you need at Hendry Regional Medical Center.”
The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners presented Hendry Regional with a Proclamation for National Rural Health Day recognizing Nov. 19 as a celebration meant to draw attention to medical professionals and healthcare facilities in rural areas that are addressing the unique needs of their communities through innovation and compassionate care.
Over the past several years, dozens of rural hospitals have closed, leaving communities without convenient access to critical healthcare services. According to Williams, hospitals play critical roles in communities of all sizes, especially in those that are a long drive from hospitals in larger cities.
“Having access to the medical care you need when time matters can be critical to your health.” Williams said.
Williams added that COVID-19 has led many people to delay important healthcare services, even when doing so can be risky.
“It is more important than ever to take steps to protect your health,” Williams said. “Delaying medical care can put your health at serious risk.”
In Hendry County, Hendry Regional Medical Center offers a wide range of healthcare services. The hospital offers 24-hour emergency care, a clinical laboratory, many common surgical services, physical therapy, imaging services and primary care providers at their two Rural Health Care Clinics in Clewiston and LaBelle.
In addition to providing important healthcare services and wellness resources, Hendry Regional Medical Center plays an important role in the local economy. The hospital employs many local residents, providing jobs for nurses, technicians, administrative staff and more.
“At a time when things seem uncertain, you can count on compassionate and professional medical services in Hendry County,” Williams said. “You can take comfort that we have taken steps to prioritize your health so we can continue to provide the healthcare services you need with the convenience you expect.”
To learn more about local healthcare services or to find a provider, please visit www.hrmc.us or call Hendry Regional Medical Center at 863-902-3000.