If you live in a rural area of the United States, you’re more likely to die of chronic diseases, like heart disease or cancer. You’re also more vulnerable to unintentional injuries from car accidents or opioid use. Children who grow up in rural areas are also at a greater risk of struggling with health, behavioral, and mental disorders.
But, when you take advantage of comprehensive healthcare from a practice like South Plains Rural Health, you greatly improve your well-being. We provide thorough care for you and your family -- both older and younger members -- to help ensure you live a healthy, quality life.
Read on to learn the benefits of seeking care from our practices in Levelland, Lamesa, and Big Springs, Texas.
Living in a rural community puts you at greater risk of health problems
Circumstances of rural living can put you at greater risk of death. You just live farther away from emergency care, dental offices, and optometrists. Rural residents are exposed to more environmental hazards. If you live in a rural community, chances are you or someone you know smokes and doesn’t use their seatbelt. Obesity and high blood pressure rates are greater in rural communities, too.
You need a comprehensive health solution
If you live in a rural community, it’s hard to plan trips to a separate location for all of your health needs. You don’t want a separate doctor’s office, mental health specialist, pediatrician, dentist, and optometrist. It’s nearly impossible to coordinate appointment times at all these different locations with your visit from your rural location.
This is why one location that offers comprehensive services is so convenient and necessary. At South Plains Rural Health Services, you get all the services you need, including care for chronic conditions, family medical care, optometry services, mental health and behavioral health care, dentistry, and a pharmacy.
You’ll get the screenings and preventive care you need
When you live in a rural community, it’s hard enough to get healthcare when you're sick or injured. It’s even easier to put off screenings that can save your life. Many health conditions don’t have outward symptoms until they’ve progressed to a serious level that’s much harder to treat.
At South Plains Rural Health, you can schedule comprehensive health screenings at one location. These include measurements for high blood pressure, a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke, and screenings for deadly cancers, like prostate, ovarian, colon, and breast.
Comprehensive rural healthcare also helps you choose smart habits that support good health. This includes giving you support when you’re trying to quit smoking or detox from addictive substances. We can also help you lose weight and adopt weight-management habits like a healthier diet and regular physical activity.
Comprehensive healthcare improves economic health
Rural healthcare brings economic liveliness to your community. Healthcare facilities like South Plains Rural Health Services create good-paying jobs and bring more money into communities.
Rural healthcare leaders can also help with community and economic development in communities that need improvements in schools, outdoor spaces, and other community sites.
Contact the friendly staff to learn more about the comprehensive services offered at South Plains Rural Health Services, Inc. Call the nearest location today, or use the online tool to set up an appointment.