November 21, 2013

WHEREAS, rural communities across North Carolina and our nation face accessibility issues, a lack of health care providers, an aging population suffering from chronic conditions and a larger percentage of uninsured and underinsured citizens; and

WHEREAS,rural health care providers offer comprehensive, compassionate, patient-centered and holistic care to patients; and

WHEREAS, rural hospitals – in addition to being sources of innovation and resourcefulness that reach beyond geographical boundaries to deliver quality care – are typically the economic foundation of their communities; and

WHEREAS, the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care plays a distinct and critical role by leading efforts to address the unique healthcare needs of our rural citizens; it also assists underserved communities and populations to develop innovative strategies for equal access, quality, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare for all; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina joins the North Carolina Office of Rural Health and Community Care, and other interested agencies – and organizations, in recognizing the unique health care needs and opportunities that exist in rural communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAT McCRORY, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim November 21, 2013, as “RURAL HEALTH DAY” in North Carolina and commend its observance to all citizens.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina at the Capitol in Raleigh this thirtieth day of October in the year of our Lord two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.