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Posted: Monday, 11 August 2014 5:14PM

State Auditor Adam Edelen to be in Leitchfield for public forum on health of rural hospitals

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen will host a public hearing on Friday to discuss the fiscal health of rural hospitals, such as Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. The public hearing will begin at 10:30 at the ECTC Kelly Campus in Leitchfield. 

The importance of the public forum cannot be overstated when considering the importance of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center to Grayson County.

"Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center is critically important to our community, both for the health and for the economy," said Bill Oldham, Director of Planning and Marketing for TLRMC. "This is a great opportunity for area residents to learn about the challenges facing rural hospitals such as Twin Lake Regional Medical Center and to voice any concerns they have. We are hoping for a great turnout."

State Auditor Edelen is holding other public forums in Kentucky as he attempts to grasp how state government can better benefit hospitals that serve mostly rural areas of the Commonwealth.

"The Leitchfield event is one of 10 public hearings hosted by the Auditor’s office that seeks to understand the challenges facing small, community hospitals that provide health care to 45 percent of Kentuckians and are key economic drivers in those communities," Oldham said. "The next nearest forums are in Madisonville, Princeton and Campbellsville. Representatives from several other rural hospitals in Central Kentucky will be in attendance at the Leitchfield event."

Previous public forums have been popular events, and Oldham is hoping Edelen's stop in Leitchfield will be no different.

"The Auditor’s office has said that earlier meetings have been well-attended and that State Auditor Edelen is gaining terrific insight into the problems facing rural hospitals," Oldham stated. "The public, news media, hospital administrators and staff, elected officials and other healthcare providers are invited to attend."

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