Hillsboro Community Hospital CEO Cheri Barton says the most important role for a rural hospital leader is that of visionary, but she admits it's not an easy task as she deals with unsettled times because of staffing issues at the Kansas facility. Barton hopes the fact she has worked her way up through the health care ranks, beginning as a medical assistant and moving on to nursing and then administration, will help her hold the staff's trust.

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