Senator Jon Tester in partnership with the Montana Hospital Association brought rural health care providers, federal and state policy makers, and health care officials together to address the health care challenges facing providers and patients in rural Montana.

Over 100 people attended Tester’s Montana Rural Health Summit to participate in discussions and panels regarding workforce shortages, the unique health care needs of rural areas, and the role Critical Access Hospitals play in Montana communities.

“I brought health care officials from around the country to Montana because it is critical that these folks understand the challenges facing rural health care providers and patients,” Tester said.

Additionally, representatives from 10 Montana hospitals led panel discussions and gave on-the-ground accounts of the specific hurdles they face when administering health care in a rural communities.