Scanlan: They were pleased with the conversation; pleased that the Secretary took time out of her schedule to meet with them. They felt that the Secretary understood their issues, heard their issues, and where she could, where it was under her purview, where she had the ability to affect change, she would attempt to do so.
HLM: Should this be a signal to rural hospitals around the country that this is a priority for the federal government?
Scanlan: I think it's a signal that the Secretary of HHS has an interest in rural health. I think that it's a signal that she continues, from her days as governor and to her role as Secretary, to understand the importance of rural health.
HLM: What do you hope Secretary Sebelius walked away from the roundtable with?
Scanlan: That there were some real concerns, real issues, both in human capital, financing, [and] payment, that are important in rural communities and that there are remarkably dedicated individuals living in those rural communities, dedicated to assuring that hospitals and other healthcare services in those communities are sustained and are sustained at a high level of care.