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The Closing of Rural Hospitals Puts Local at Risk

BROWNSVILLE, TN-MAR 27: Paramedic Chris Milton tries to comfort auto accident victim Kay Otts who was in much pain due to back and neck injuries. The were racing to a hospital in Jackson, Tennessee which required a ride for emergency care of at least 30 minutes longer than had she been taken to the now closed local hospital in Brownsville. --The demise of Haywood Park Community Hospital three years ago added Brownsville, Tennessee to the emergency services plight being endured in many rural communities across America. Nearly 80 small rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and many more are considered fragile - downstream effects of federal health policies, shifts in medical practice, and a limited tolerance of companies that own hospitals for empty beds and financial losses. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images
The Closing of Rural Hospitals Puts Local at Risk