The Provision of Anesthesia Services in Rural Hospitals


Key to the ability of rural hospitals to maintain a surgery service is the availability of anesthesia personnel, yet anecdotal evidence indicates that their supply is limited and their salary costs are high. This study surveyed administrators from rural hospitals in Washington and Montana regarding their experience in recruiting and retaining nurse and physician anesthetists. Aspects of anesthesia coverage such as financial arrangements, professionals working at multiple sites, outpatient and inpatient surgery, inter-provider type professional rivalries, and licensure constraints were examined. Funded by HRSA’s ORHP.