USAToday has a long article on the closings. One of the hospitals was in our region. It was small, old, the facility was outdated and in a flood area. But it was medical care. Now it's gone.
"They set the whole rural system up for failure," says Jimmy Lewis, CEO of Hometown Health, an association representing rural hospitals in Georgia and Alabama, believed to be the next state facing mass closures. "Through entitlements and a mandate to provide service without regard to condition, they got us to (the highest reimbursements), and now they're pulling the rug out from under us."