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Hudson Hospital & Clinic CEO/President Marian Furlong

Hospital chiefs hopeful, vigilant on U.S. critical-access debate

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As the US budget maelstrom plays out in Congress, hospitals in Hudson and River Falls remain cautiously optimistic – with the emphasis on “cautiously” – that services related to their federal “critical access” designations will survive intact.

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A key issue for Hudson Hospital CEO/President Marian Furlong and River Falls Area Hospital President David Miller is a current federal requirement that no two critical-access facilities may be closer than 10 miles apart.

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