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News by Topic: Closures of healthcare facilities and services

Amid Rural Hospital Crisis, One Georgia Hospital Thrives
Nov 27, 2017 - Highlights the successes of a rural Georgia hospital that was close to closure ten years ago. Recognizing their perilous position, the hospital gambled by investing in more programs rather than cutting back. Their nursing home began a ventilator care program. The hospital invested in specialized equipment and staff, opened a pharmacy, worked to offer more services to reduce emergency room visits, and used social workers to help uninsured, disabled, and homeless patients find insurance coverage.
Source: 90.1 FM WABE
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'Deeply Saddened': Another Rural Alabama Hospital Closing
Nov 18, 2017 - Details the upcoming closure of a rural hospital in Winston County, Alabama. Lakeland Community Hospital, a 59-bed facility, announced that it will cease operations by the end of the year, citing drastic reductions in reimbursements. This will be the seventh hospital closure in Alabama in eight years.
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Rural Hospital Closures Hit Poor, Minority Communities Hardest
Oct 25, 2017 - Details the results of a study from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program (NC RHRP) tracking "financial distress indicators" for rural hospitals, focusing in large part on a map displaying the distribution of the 122 rural hospital closures since 2005. 60% of rural hospital closures have been in the South, and these hospitals tend to serve minorities and lower-income areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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Hospital Closings Likely to Increase
Oct 19, 2017 - Discusses recent hospital closures and indications that they are likely to continue because these hospitals continue to have insufficient patient populations, high rates of uninsured patients, dwindling cash flow, and physician shortages. It is estimated that 9% of rural hospitals are at high risk for financial trouble, and these hospitals often serve vulnerable populations with significant health disparities. Also touches on programs designed to help these hospitals improve quality and track their viability.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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