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News by Topic: Closures of healthcare facilities and services

Sep 15, 2020 - Features two models that strive to make rural maternity care more affordable and accessible in North Carolina. Chatham Hospital, a University of North Carolina facility, opened a maternity ward which employs primary care physicians and operates at a relatively low volume; Vidant Health opened a satellite obstetrics clinic in a rural county that recently lost its maternity unit.
Source: North Carolina Health News
Aug 22, 2020 - As COVID-19 continues to spread, rural communities find themselves on the brink of losing cash-strapped facilities. Describes how hospital closures often lead to a higher mortality rate in the local community, and while rural hospitals have received some federal aid during the public health crisis, many were too weak before the pandemic hit.
Source: NPR
Jul 31, 2020 - Blog post explores rural and community hospital closures over the last ten years and the impact this has on their communities. Describes how the COVID-19 pandemic highlights weaknesses and disparities in the health system and rural America. Provides recommendations to promote sustainability and support struggling rural hospitals.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Jul 28, 2020 - The financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic led rural Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center to announce it is closing its doors after years of struggling financially. Discusses the implications of this closure on the health and economic wellbeing of the community.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jul 22, 2020 - Rural hospitals in North Carolina have struggled to keep their doors open, but Ashe Memorial Hospital and Alleghany Memorial Hospital were able to remain open through partnerships with major regional providers. Describes how these partnerships allow them to focus on cost efficiencies and service delivery, and overcome the losses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Carolina Public Press
Jul 22, 2020 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rural hospitals had to cancel elective surgeries and other profitable operations. Months later, some are facing a surge of infected patients. Describes how federal funding has helped rural hospitals hold on, but for facilities that were struggling before the pandemic, the future is uncertain.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts