Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Joins Nationwide Observance of National Rural Health Day on November 16


Ste. Genevieve, MO. – Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) is proud to join communities across America in celebration of National Rural Health Day (NRHD), November 16, 2023. The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and rural-focused organizations throughout the United States set aside the third Thursday of November to recognize NRHD. This annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the “Power of Rural” and honor the individuals and organizations dedicated to addressing the unique healthcare needs of nearly 61 million people living in rural America.

"It is of vital importance that we ensure all rural Missourians have the opportunity to be healthy and have access to affordable, quality health care regardless of where they call home," said Dr. Steve Pautler, CEO, SGCMH. “We are proud to recognize the incredible work of healthcare professionals and volunteers in our community on National Rural Health Day and throughout the year.”

National Rural Health Day is also a chance to bring attention to how SGCMH is investing in the community. Community members and stakeholders are invited to take a look at how SGCMH is working to celebrate the "Power of Rural."

“Our goals are to be safe, effective and connected to our staff, volunteers and the community,” stated Pautler. “We develop our goals and set high quality standards by best practices in the healthcare industry. To achieve the goals, our staff track and compare outcomes to the highest ranked hospitals.”

Rural hospitals like SGCMH have the opportunity to identify the unique needs of our local community and use this knowledge to partner with visiting specialist physicians to make those special services available that are greatly needed.

“We meet frequently with community leaders and members to include them in our planning to stay in touch with the community’s needs,” stated Pautler. “We will stay dedicated to addressing the unique healthcare needs of rural America.”

Additional information about National Rural Health Day, including resources and tools, can be found at To learn more about how SGCMH is working to provide healthcare services to the Ste. Genevieve County and surrounding areas visit

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit county owned community hospital that works to continue to improve the health and well-being of the community. Our professional staff uses advanced technology and medicine to provide excellent, personalized, and compassionate healthcare.

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