Four area football players recognized in AHSAA Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – The Spring Garden Panthers have one of the most experienced backfields in Northeast Alabama. On Friday night against Class 3A Beulah, it was senior quarterback Ben Ivey’s turn to once again demonstrate what he can do.

Ivey accounted for five touchdowns (four rushing, one passing) and had an interception on defense in the Class 1A Panthers’ 47-12 season-opening victory. The senior rushed for 107 yards on 10 carries and completed both of his pass attempts for 15 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to senior Joe Rogers.

Ivey was one of four area football players recognized for their efforts by the Alabama High School Athletic Association late Monday afternoon in its weekly Spotlight. Gaylesville senior quarterback Austin Slayton, along with Piedmont senior quarterback Taylor Hayes and junior running back Lee Stanley, were also honored.

Slayton ran for 116 yards and two scores, threw for 97 yards and a touchdown, and had an interception on defense in the Trojans’ 26-6 victory over Section.

Hayes compiled 162 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns (11, 18 yards) and passed for 73 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Darien Bossie, in the Bulldogs’ 35-21 victory over Cherokee County.

Stanley also rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries, including a 44-yard touchdown run on the Bulldogs’ first possession in the second half.

In other statewide happenings, Steven Crowder was definitely a crowd pleaser for Gardendale High School last week. He had 22 tackles on defense and scored three different ways as the Rockets knocked off James Clemens 26-13. For his efforts Crowder grabs the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for last week’s football action.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior linebacker made the most of his chances for Coach Matt Plunkett’s Rockets (2-0). He scooped up a fumble and returned it 35 yards for one score. He then moved to offense where he scored on a 17-yard run and caught a 13-yard TD pass from quarterback and younger brother Michael Crowder.

Crowder’s performance edged out three explosive offensive efforts in some high-scoring games. LaFayette senior quarterback Jartavious Whitlow, Hewitt-Trussville senior running back Grayson Cash and Brewer quarterback Zack Self combined to account for 20 touchdowns between them.

Whitlow returned the opening kickoff 88 yards to start the game for LaFayette and completed six touchdown passes the rest of the way as the Bulldogs (2-0) beat Loachapoka 48-24. He finished with 328 passing yards, 48 rushing yards and 234 yards on punt and kickoff returns to total 610 all-purpose yards in the win. His TD passes covered 60, 70, 66, 23, 46 and 50 yards.

The senior now has almost 1,100 total yards and ran or thrown for 13 touchdowns this season.

Cash rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries and caught two passes for 48 yards and two more scores in the Huskies’ 78-56 win over Manatee (FL). He also had three kick returns for 99 yards and finished with 402 all-purpose yards on the night.

The 78 points set a school single-game record for Hewitt and head coach Josh Floyd, in his second season after a very successful prep coaching career in Arkansas. The 134 combined points ranks fourth all-time in the AHSAA Record Book behind the Parrish’s 2003 win over Hubbertville 81-58 (139 points total), Slocomb’s 1931 124-12 victory over Houston County (136 points) and Clay-Chalkville’s 85-50 Class 6A playoff win over Scottsboro in 2014.

Brewer’s Self passed for 242 yards and four touchdowns (20, 24, 43, 53 yards) and ran for 134 yards and three scores (22, 7, 13 yards) in a 56-27 win at Westminster Christian. He totaled 356 yards and accounted for seven touchdowns.

Two coaches and a seventh grader also had milestone efforts.

MILESTONES

DECATUR’S ADCOCK RECORDS 150TH CAREER WIN: Decatur’s Jere Adcock got his 150th career win Thursday night as the Red Raiders thumped Huntsville 42-20 at Milton Frank Stadium. Adcock is now 150-81 in his 21st season at Decatur. The Handley High School and Auburn University graduate’s entire head-coaching career has been at Decatur, where he served as an assistant coach for two years before becoming head coach in 1996.

WICKSBURG PLACE-KICKER EARNS DISTINCTION: Ashton Smith, a seventh-grader, kicked 6-of-7 extra points in a 56-26 win over Geneva County – which appears to be the AHSAA record for most extra points in a single game kicked by a female.

KELVIS WINS BATTLE OF COACHING BROTHERS: Brandon Crosby threw for 154 yards and three touchdowns (17, 36, 19 yards) and ran for 88 yards, including a 29-yard TD, in a 48-28 win at Tanner as Kelvis White got the coaching win for Mae Jemison High School over his brother Laron White. It was the two brothers’ first head-to-head meeting as head football coaches. Their dad Louis White, who coached both at Courtland, is a member of the AHSAA Hall of Fame.

In other highlights reported for Week 1:

RUSHING

DREW HILL, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 16 carries for 282 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-13 win over Donoho. Teammate Trace Meadows added five carries for 104 yards and two scores.

DHEIR KINSEY, WASHINGTON COUNTY: Rushed for 268 yards and two scores and finished with 297 total yards as Washington County blanked Millry 35-0.

DALLIN WOODLEY, BUCKHORN: Gained 223 yards on 17 carries and scored on runs of 79 and 52 yards in a 35-15 win at Hazel Green. He also caught four passes for 49 yards.

LADARIUS WOODS, DECATUR: Rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-20 win over Huntsville.

DILAN KILPATRICK, FYFFE: Had 15 carries for 193 yards and four touchdowns and also caught a 19-yard TD as Fyffe downed Geraldine 48-14.

GARRETT SANDERS, G.W. LONG: Accounted for five touchdowns – four rushing (2, 6, 47 and 68 yards) and one receiving (32 yards) – in the Rebels’ 54-14 win over Dale County. Sanders finished with 236 total yards with 140 yards coming on 11 carries and 96 yards on three catches.

JORDAN MALIN, WEST END: The senior halfback rushed for 178 yards and four touchdowns on eight carries in the Patriots’ 65-42 win over Susan Moore. Teammate Payne Stancil also passed for 187 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 48 yards on four carries and a fifth touchdown. He also opened the night with a perfectly-executed onside kick that set the pace for the high-scoring game.

SPENCER BROWN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Rushed 27 times for 192 yards and five touchdowns as the Blue Devils beat Pelham 42-14.

CHRIS HOOKS, BALDWIN COUNTY: Rushed for 144 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries and was 5-of-6 passing for 75 yards and a TD as the Tigers downed Gulf Shores 44-9. Hooks also had three receptions for 75 yards and a fifth score to finish with 309 yards total offense.

TUCKER DRISKELL, WICKSBURG: Rushed for 177 yards and passed for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 56-26 win over Geneva County. He finished with 288 total yards.

DIAMONTE DOUGLAS, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Ran for 112 yards and two 1-yard touchdowns and was 10-of-16 passing for 120 yards and a TD in a 23-15 win over Grissom.

TRE McMILLAN, BAKER: Scored on runs of 35 and 13 yards and caught a 70-yard TD pass as the Hornets downed Vigor 28-16. He had 193 total yards on the night.

PHILLIP BROWN, McADORY: Had 14 carries for 188 yards to lead the Jackets past Dallas County 33-7.

DEMINIO WILLIAMS, SARALAND: Ran 14 times for 171 yards and a TD in a 27-22 win over LeFlore.

C.J. ROBERTS, CARROLL: Ran for 160 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries in the Eagles’ 49-13 win over Daleville.

CORY THOMAS, ETOWAH: Rushed 28 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns as the Blue Devils downed Madison County 35-10.

ALARIC WILLIAMS, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 15 carries for 142 yards as the Panthers beat Hokes Bluff 44-29. Southside rushed for 340 yards and had 526 total.

PASSING

WILL BAILEY, DAR: Completed 13-of-24 passes for 309 yards and for touchdowns as the Patriots defeated Douglas 45-0.

BO NIX, SCOTTSBORO: The sophomore quarterback was 15-of-26 passing for 281 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats beat Fort Payne 35-3. The 281 yards ranks second in school history for yards passing in a single game.

COLE WORTHY, GENEVA COUNTY: Was 18-of-31 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns and added 31 yards rushing in a 56-26 loss to Wicksburg.

ZAC ODEN, MONTEVALLO: Was 13-of-20 passing for 311 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat West Blocton 59-34.

HUNTER HILL, NORTH SAND MOUNTAIN: Passed for 304 yards and four touchdowns (14, 15, 54 and 30 yards) in a 32-30 loss to Dade County (GA).

CAMERON BURROUGHS, BLOUNT: The Leopards’ back-up quarterback, subbing for ailing starter Kadarius Toney, completed 12-of-16 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns as the Leopards rolled to a 49-10 victory over Robertsdale.

HUNTER HOWELL, SPAIN PARK: Was 20-of-23 passing for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 35-18 win over Muscle Shoals. He completed his first 10 passes in the first quarter.

GABE PELUSO, WEST MORGAN: Threw for three touchdowns (65, 40, 35 yards) and scored on a 56-yard run as West Morgan (2-0) downed Priceville 42-21. The Rebels, 0-10 last season and 1-19 over the last two years, are off to a much-improved 2-0 start.

WILLIE MILLER, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Passed for 220 yards and scored two TDs running as the Cougars nipped Bessemer City 33-30. He ran for a key first down with 36.3 seconds left to seal the win.

BUBBA THOMPSON, McGILL-TOOLEN: Passed for 228 yards and four touchdowns and also scored on a 70-yard run as the defending 7A state champions nipped Davidson 39-36 in triple overtime.

TREVOR ANDREWS, THEODORE: Was 10-of-19 passing for 272 yards and four touchdowns as the Bobcats (2-0) downed Mary Montgomery 41-20.

BRADY HERRING, REHOBETH: Completed 11-of-15 passes for 216 yards and also rushed for a touchdown in the Rebels’ 28-7 win over Slocomb.

DEVIN KIMBROUGH, SPARKMAN: Passed for 156 yards and a TD and rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-19 win over Athens.

RECEIVING

RED WILLIAMS, GENEVA COUNTY: Caught eight passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 56-26 loss to Wicksburg.

AARON BUSH, GLENCOE: The senior receiver snared six passes for 157 yards and a touchdown to help the Yellow Jackets beat Westbrook Christian 35-0.

IMMANUEL DAWSEY, HOUSTON COUNTY: Caught just two passes but turned those into touchdowns covering 81 and 60 yards as the Lions downed Zion Chapel 49-7. He finished with 141 receiving yards.

AUSTIN FREEMAN, SCOTTSBORO: Hauled in three receptions for 130 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-3 win over Fort Payne. He also made six tackles, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass on defense.

DELONTE EVANS, MINOR: Grabbed three receptions for 147 yards and two TDs as the visiting Tigers blanked Central of Carrollton (GA) 54-0. Evans’ TD catches covering 56 and 83 yards.

NICO COLLINS, CLAY-CHALKVILLE: Had seven catches for 147 yards and a TD in as 33-30 win over Bessemer City.

JEREMIAH CHILDS, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN: Caught touchdown passes of 57, 69 and 29 yards in a 56-27 loss to Brewer.

BRAXTON ROBINSON, ELBA: Caught seven passes for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers’ 36-22 win over Pike County.

C.J. WILLIAMSON, GUNTERSVILLE: Had four receptions for only 43 yards but had three touchdowns in a 23-0 win over Oneonta.

DEFENSE

NICK JONES, PRATTVILLE: The Lions senior had 14 tackles, one quarterback hurry and one tackle for a loss as Prattville shut out Stanhope Elmore in the second half to seal a 28-23 win over the rival Mustangs.

AUSTIN WINNINGHAM, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had two interceptions on defense and had 142 pass receiving yards on offense with two touchdowns as the Panthers beat Hokes Bluff 44-29.

BRANDON HEARD, HORSESHOE BEND: Recorded 11 tackles with two resulting in losses as the Generals beat Donoho 55-13.

TYE LINDSEY, OPP: Had two interceptions, returning the last one 61 yards for a touchdown on the last play of the game, as the Bobcats beat T.R. Miller 30-20. He also had five tackles and a 45-yard touchdown reception.

JUNIOR TOMAS, WEST END: The senior defensive lineman had 12 tackles, a sack and recovered a fumble in the Patriots’ 65-42 win over Susan Moore.

COYNIS MILLER, JACKSON-OLIN: The 6-foot-3, 275-pound junior defensive lineman had seven tackles on defense and scored three times on short runs (3, 3 and 4 yards) in the Mustangs’ goal-line offensive package in a 38-7 win over Central-Tuscaloosa. Teammate T.D. Moultry added 11 tackles for J-O, 2-0 for the first time in 10 years.

KAEDON HARRIS, VALLEY: The Rams’ 300-pound freshman nose guard had two fumble recoveries in a 21-20 win over Russell County. Valley’s defense forced six turnovers (five fumbles and an interception) in the win. Harris now has three fumble recoveries in two games this season.

DALTON DYKES, SLOCOMB: Recorded 14 tackles with two for losses and one for a quarterback sack in a 28-7 loss to Rehobeth.

RICKY HALL, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 18 tackles, including one quarterback sack, in the Eagles’ 20-6 win over Samson.

JUSTIN CULVER, SCOTTSBORO: The senior had 10 tackles with two resulting in losses as Scottsboro downed Fort Payne 35-3. Senior teammate Hunter Berrong added nine tackles, including a sack and four other tackles for losses.

SPECIAL TEAMS

NOLAN JONES, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Kicked a 24-yard field goal as the first half ended to give the Panthers a 16-14 lead and Southside reeled off 23 straight points to post a 44-29 win over Hokes Bluff.

HENRY RUGGS, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had four kickoff returns for 117 yards and four catches for 90 yards and a TD as the Generals beat Park Crossing 51-44.

Mr. Henry “H.G.” Reynolds

Mr. Henry “H.G.” Reynolds, 67 of Centre, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Noland Hospital in Anniston. Mr. Reynolds was a native of Cherokee County, and was an employee of the Gadsden Times for 44 years and was of the Methodist faith.

Funeral services will be 11:AM Tuesday, August 30th, at Perry Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Tim Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in Neal Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:PM Monday, at the funeral home. Perry Funeral Home Directing. www.perryfuneral.net.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Allen Reynolds; daughters, Cassandra (Jeff) Allen of Gadsden, Celena (Shane) Sides of Spring Garden, Christina (Tony) Callantine of Sand Rock; eight grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Reynolds is the son of the late Harrison Grady and Edna Earl Roberts Reynolds.

GHC honors faculty, staff

Georgia Highlands College recently honored its faculty and staff from each of its campuses for the 2015-2016 academic year at its annual in-service meeting.

The 2016 awards and recipients were:

Outstanding Administrator Award — Virginia Siler

This award is designed for administrators who consistently project a positive image and who serve the college above and beyond the call of duty. This award recognizes an administrator who actively contributes to the success of the college and his or her staff. Virginia Siler is the Vice President for Human Resources.

Vivian Benton Award — Jonathan Twilley

This award is designed for staff members who consistently project a positive image and who serve the college above and beyond the call of duty. This award recognizes a staff member who actively contributes to the success of the college. Jonathan Twilley is the Building Maintenance Supervisor.

Community Involvement Award — Travice Obas (Faculty), Terri Cavender (Staff)

This award is designed to recognize individuals who significantly impact our community. This award recognizes a staff member who demonstrates a passion for making a difference by sharing their spirit, positive attitude and time with others. Travice Obas is an Associate Professor of Communications. Terri Cavendar is the Human Resources Manager.

Employee of the Year – Sharryse Henderson

This award is designed to recognize individuals who consistently support the mission and goals of the institution by routinely demonstrating our shared values and supports an environment of excellence. Sharryse Henderson is an Associate Professor.

Department of the Year — Advancement Division

This award is designed to recognize the department which consistently supports the mission and goals of the institution by routinely demonstrating our shared values and supports and supports an environment of excellence. The Advancement Division includes Public Relations and Marketing, Alumni Relations, GHC Print Shop, Digital Media Services, and the GHC Foundation, Inc.

 

GUEST EDITORIAL: The real reason that drugs cost more in the US

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and three-fourths of their fellow Americans say prescription drugs cost too much. They’re right, and the two candidates even agree on a couple of good strategies to try to keep prices down: Allow Medicare to negotiate on behalf of its 40 million beneficiaries, and let Americans buy drugs from countries where quality is well monitored.

Yet neither of these strategies addresses head-on the No. 1 reason that drug spending is rising so much.

The main culprit, according to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is that the government grants extraordinarily long periods of market exclusivity for new drugs.

The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Patent Office together give new drugs monopoly rights that last anywhere from eight and a half to 15-plus years. This helps explain why brand-name drugs account for 72 percent of drug spending in the U.S. even though they represent only 10 percent of prescriptions.

Since 2008, prices for the most commonly used branded drugs have risen 164 percent — far faster than other medical costs. The U.S. spends more than twice what other industrialized countries spend on drugs.

The problem would not be nearly so severe if the drugs’ government-granted monopolies were shorter.

Once generic versions are allowed to compete, a medicine’s price often drops by almost half, sometimes more than 85 percent, if enough competitors jump into the market.

Yet the government tends to do the opposite, the Brigham and Women’s researchers found, by extending market exclusivity via additional patents for trivial alterations — a new coating on a pill, for example.

This is nonsensical: Unless a drug is transformed in a way that affects its therapeutic value, it should not qualify for an extended patent. Drug makers often stretch their own market exclusivity by paying generics companies to delay introducing competitive medicines.

The government, which is protecting these companies’ monopoly rights, should demand an end to this tactic.

Federal drug regulators should also require that manufacturers disclose the prices they negotiate with their various customers — including all the rebates and discounts they allow. Not only would this help all private payers negotiate lower prices, it would create a more healthy marketplace.

To have an impact, however, all this information — about both cost and effectiveness — needs to be put to good use.

In America’s disjointed health-care system, too many doctors remain blissfully unaware of what they’re asking patients and their insurers to spend, the researchers found.

Doctors also need to be aware of lower-cost alternatives — generics, of course, but also other medicines and therapies that can treat the same symptoms as well or better in other ways. So-called comparative effectiveness studies are needed for all drugs.

Yes, it makes sense to grant a company an exclusive license to sell a new medicine. But it’s also important to know exactly how valuable that medicine is.

 

Things to do in Cherokee County Monday, Aug. 29

Centre Rotary Club meets at noon on the second floor of the First Southern State Bank Building.

The Party Bridge match is played at Centre First United Methodist Church. Call 256-927-7754 for more information.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36 the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

The Cherokee County School System is giving notice that records retairned for five years after the end of special education services will be destroyed Oct. 1, 2016. Parents or students may call 256-927-8049 to request records.

Sand Rock finishes runner-up to Plainview in Sardis Volleyball Invitational

SARDIS – Sand Rock went 5-1 and finished runner-up to Plainview on Saturday in the Sardis Volleyball Invitational.

In pool play, the Lady Wildcats (7-1) defeated Ider (25-17, 25-21), Fyffe (25-21, 25-17), and Oneonta (25-16, 25-13).

In the tournament quarterfinals, Sand Rock outlasted Cherokee County 25-20, 25-27 and 15-11, setting up a rematch with Fyffe in the semifinals. The Lady Wildcats defeated Fyffe again 24-26, 25-20 and 15-8 to secure their spot in the finals against Plainview. Sand Rock fell to Plainview 20-25, 21-25.

For the day, August Gilliland collected 32 kills, six blocks, 34 digs and 17 aces. Audrey Richardson added 55 assists, 28 digs, six aces and seven kills. Haylie Pruitt had 31 kills, three blocks and eight aces. Savannah Blackwell contributed 31 kills, 31 digs and six aces. Erin Langley accumulated 52 assists, 22 digs and eight aces. Paige Norris posted 60 digs. Madelyn Chambers had 15 kills and four blocks. Kynleigh Chesnut finished with 11 kills.

Sand Rock hosts Cedar Bluff and Ashville on Tuesday.

Polk Medical Center lands on list for state donation program; Donors get tax credits in 2017

Beginning next year, Polk Medical Center will be able to accept up to $4 million in donations for which donors will be allowed to receive tax credits.

That’s because PMC is among 48 rural hospitals across the state slated to receive aid through state Senate Bill 258, signed into law in April by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Statewide, some $50 million in tax credits will be available for donors to eligible rural hospitals in 2017, $60 million will be available in 2018 and $70 million in 2019.

To be eligible the medical facility must be in a rural county with a population under 35,000, be a nonprofit organization, and treat indigent patients or patients on Medicare or Medicaid.

PMC fell under those qualifications, and could receive a total of $4 million per year in donations, which is the cap for annual donations to a hospital.

“We were just notified this week that we were potentially going to participate in this program,” PMC Administrator Matt Gorman said. The hospital is managed by Floyd Medical Center in Rome. “Anything that can be done to help bolster rural healthcare in the state of Georgia is a positive thing.”

Eligible hospitals will be ranked through a needs-based assessment on the financial condition of each hospital, and a final list will be issued on Dec. 1.

Due to the recent reception of the news, Gorman said, a discussion considering how donations will be spent has begun, but what it will be specifically used for is still up in the air.

“One of the big campaigns that we have right now is what we call ‘Live Well Polk’ … it’s our initiative as a healthcare facility to reach out to the public and provide resources for wellness and education.”

The campaign provides education to patients through an online health library, where information on health conditions and treatments can be researched. “That’s one of the most likely ways that we will use contributions … where we’re reaching out to the community and providing better education and access to care,” Gorman added.

The program will last three years, Gorman said, unless further legislative action is taken to extend the program.

Any donations during that time would be welcome and appreciated, Gorman continued, but it doesn’t dispel concerns about the state of rural hospitals.

“In general there are more and more changes that are occurring in healthcare at a very rapid pace … (and) for small hospitals there aren’t the same resources to be able to accommodate those unfunded mandates that come through the federal government,” he said.

“Hospitals are being squeezed in terms of their revenue sources and without any action, currently at least, for the uninsured population in the state there’s not an offset for those payment reductions.”

Gorman is referring to changes under the Affordable Care Act impacting rural hospitals like PMC.

Rural hospitals, prior to the ACA, would receive federal “disproportionate share payments” to cover costs associated with patients failing to adequately pay their medical bills without insurance coverage, Gorman said.

“And for a lot of hospitals, especially those with a high Medicaid population, it was an important source of revenue.”

A Supreme Court ruling in 2012 stating Medicaid expansion or non-expansion would be decided at the state level trumped the presumption of the ACA that all states would expand the governmental health coverage, Gorman said.

Georgia’s legislature has opted out of expanding Medicaid and federal funding hasn’t made up for the lack of state level funding, Gorman added. That means rural hospitals haven’t been reimbursed adequately for treating patients without insurance.

As far as those donating to the 48 hospitals, for each tax year, an individual would receive a tax credit of $2,500 or 70 percent of what they donate, depending on which value is less. Married couples filing a joint tax return can receive 70 percent of the donated amount or $5,000.

Corporations donating can’t receive tax credits up to 70 percent of what they contribute or 75 percent of their income tax liability, whichever is less.

PMC is set up with “robust healthcare foundation” to assist in reaching out to potential donors, which is a resource other rural hospitals don’t have, Gorman said.

Other rural hospitals may reach out to third-party consulting firms to handle the administration of the donation program to “maximize the exposure of their facility to potential contributors,” he added.

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