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News by Topic: Closures of healthcare facilities and services

Declining Number of Rural Pharmacies ‘A Worrisome Trend’
May 25, 2018 - Highlights research focused on small-town pharmacies closing in Washington state. Nearly 500 rural communities in Washington lost their only retail pharmacy between 2003 and 2013.
Source: Washington State University
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Health Care Options Shrink as Rural Southern Hospitals Close Their Doors
May 25, 2018 - Details the struggles faced by residents in a rural North Carolina county following the closure of their local hospital, touching on the overall trend of rural hospital closures in the South tending to be in counties that are poorer or have higher minority populations. Although a multispecialty clinic has opened, residents have expressed that it does not adequately fill the gap left behind by the closed hospital.
Source: The Post and Courier
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A Conversation with Tommy Barnhart
May 8, 2018 - Radio interview with Tommy Barnhart, President of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Discussion includes the work of NRHA, rural health policy, and rural hospital closures, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Even With Rural Hospital Rescue Project, Advocates Admit Not All Should Be Saved
May 8, 2018 - Details the Rural Hospital Transformation Act in Tennessee, which would help struggling rural hospitals restructure and downsize in order to be more economically stable and avoid an abrupt closure. The Department of Economic and Community Development will work with the Tennessee Hospital Association to create a new business model or help facilitate partnerships. Some rural hospitals have transitioned into freestanding emergency rooms or primary care clinics.
Source: Nashville Public Radio
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Hospitals Are Leaving Rural America. Rural Americans Are Staying Put.
Apr 3, 2018 - Highlights the difficulties faced in rural America with affordable access to health care, increased health concerns for people in dangerous professions like farming, and rural hospital closures, among other things. Also touches on rural strengths and some potential solutions in progress.
Source: Talk Poverty
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