Avem Health Partners

Rural Wellness Stroud Hospital

RWSH boasted about “all private rooms!” when they opened in 1978. This state-of-the art facility served a vibrant rural community that was growing and prospering at that time. The region was well balanced between agriculture, healthcare, business and social service employers in the area. But, that didn’t last long and like so much of rural America, Rural Wellness Stroud Hospital had to find a partner to help reinvent itself.

Type of Facility

Critical Access Hospital

Number of Employees


Community It Serves



Stroud, Oklahoma

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RWSH faces major issues

Shortly after opening in 1978, the hospital was hit with difficulties and unforeseen events

The intervening years were not kind, RWSH experienced many ups and downs—financial difficulties, bankruptcy, and a tornado almost blew it apart in 1999.

Rural Wellness Stroud Hospital received CAH (Critical Access Hospital) designation in 2002, and they thought it was the beginning of better times. But, that wasn’t enough to turn things around.

Financial Issues

Staff went unpaid and bills piled up and went unpaid as well.

A natural disaster Hit

Tornado closed hospital for 2 years.

Community Avoids Hospital for care

Community seeks services hundreds of miles away.

RWSH calls on Avem

After years of hardships, Rural Wellness Stroud Hospital experiences the relief they desperately needed

Avem Health Partners began working with RWSH in 2009. Quality healthcare was restored to the community. Staffing is up. Services are commensurate with big-city hospitals and patients receive superb care in their own communities.

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Accounts Payable

Capital infusion helped bring accounts payable up to date

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Care & services expand

New services were offered to the community

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The Impact of Partnering with Avem

RWSH became a jewel in the
regional community as it serves
patients from miles around

  • Wages and benefits restored and made competitive for the field
  • New services keep patients in their homes and in their communities
  • RWSH is equipped for long-term success and has the highest Average Daily Census ever!
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Medical Services


Swing-bed Services

Radiology and Imaging

Hospital Services include:

  • 24 Hour Emergency Department
  • Pulmonology with 24/7
    Respiratory Therapy
  • Cardiology Clinic Services
  • Telehealth Services
  • Inpatient/Outpatient Wound Care
  • Inpatient/Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Full Service Laboratory Testing
  • Radiology and Imaging Services including CT Scanning and Ultrasound
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Respiratory Therapy
  • Medically Complex Swing Bed Services