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To celebrate National Rural Health Day and the #PowerOfRural this year, we're highlighting employers who have had success in their recruitment efforts over the past year. We know recruiting rural can be challenging -- these folks ARE the #PowerOfRural and we're excited to showcase their efforts!

Learn more about Cascade Medical Center in Cascade, Idaho from Tom Reinhardt, Cascade's CEO:
Tell us about Cascade Medical Center.
Cascade Medical Center has 60 employees in our Rural Health Clinic, 10-bed critical access hospital 24x7 ER, and Physical Therapy. We serve 4,000 year-round residents in a hospital tax district that is as large as Rhode Island and Delaware combined.
What difference does Cascade Medical Center make?
Our patients live anywhere from across the street to three hours away (we are the closest hospital). If not for us, they would have to drive another 45 minutes to see a doctor or go to the emergency room. In time sensitive emergencies like STEMI, stroke, and trauma - those 45 minutes save lives.
Why do people enjoy working at Cascade Medical Center?
The community cares for us and we care for the community. Not only is the staff like family, the entire community is our extended family. It is very personal. Also, because we see EVERYTHING from boogers and boo-boos to broken backs and heart attacks, the variety is intellectually and professionally stimulating.
Tell us about your community, Cascade.
For many decades, the saw mill was the economic engine of the town. After they closed in 2001, the area was depressed. We have since bounced back and have a diversified economy that is still heavily on natural resources. We are known for ranching and recreation.

What makes your community a great place to live and work?
The natural beauty of this area is breathtaking. 91% of our land is public and includes true wilderness. We enjoy world-class skiing at Tamarack, ice fishing and boating on huge Lake Cascade, kayaking world class white water on the Payette River, and hiking, mountain biking, boating, hunting, fishing, etc.
What difference does 3RNet make in your recruitment efforts?
3RNet makes it easy to get our openings in front of many candidates who are early in their career.
What do you think makes your recruitment efforts successful?
We appeal to providers who want to do a little bit of everything. It's never dull and you never know what's going to come in the door.
What would you tell a new recruiter to encourage them?
ALWAYS BE RECRUITING. You never know when you'll have a nurse or physician opening, and when you do, you won't have enough time to recruit. Always have a pipeline good for one, three, and even five years out.
What advice would you give to someone looking for their first job?
Figure out where you want to raise your family and then look there for a job first.

Cascade Medical Center, pictured below:

Cascade Medical Center, Cascade, Idaho

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