Epidemic Of Dying Rural Hospitals Shattering Communities’ Health Security
Nearly 80 have closed since 2010, and many more are considered fragile.
The Washington Post:
In The Tennessee Delta, A Poor Community Loses Its Hospital — And Sense Of Security
This town of the Tennessee Delta, seat of a county that once grew the most cotton east of the Mississippi, relied for decades on a little public hospital built during the Great Depression a few blocks from the courthouse square. The red-brick building was knocked down in the 1970s when a for-profit chain came along and opened a modern stucco hospital on the north side of town. There, thousands of babies were born, pneumonias and failing hearts were treated and the longtime family doctor across the parking lot could wheel the sickest patients who arrived at his office right into the emergency room. (Goldstein, 4/11)
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