WHEREAS: Minnesota’s rural communities are tight-knit places where people know each other and work together; and
WHEREAS: Rural hospitals and health systems are often the largest employers and the economic foundation of rural communities and regions; and
WHEREAS: Meeting the unique health care needs of Minnesota’s rural residents requires innovation and resourcefulness that reach beyond geographic boundaries and demographic challenges; and
WHEREAS: Rural Minnesota’s health professionals, hospitals and clinics are dedicated to delivering high-quality and innovative care to underserved Minnesotans; and
WHEREAS: Emergency medical services are crucial in rural Minnesota because time-critical, lifesaving care is needed across wide geographies and sparse populations with limited access to definitive critical care; and
WHEREAS, on Thursday, November 17, 2016, National Rural Health Day will be celebrated throughout the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 17, 2016, as Rural Health Day in the State of Minnesota.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the GREAT Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capitol this 10th day of November.
Governor Mark Dayton
Secretary of State Steve Simon