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Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stay Open, Adapt to Changes
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Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stay Open, Adapt to Changes
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Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stay Open, Adapt to Changes

OSCEOLA, Mo. — May 1, 2015, 1:57 PM ET

By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press

After 45 years of providing health care in rural western Missouri, Sac-Osage Hospital is being sold piece by piece.

Ceiling tiles are going for 25 cents, the room doors for an average of less than $4 each, the patient beds for $250 apiece. Soon, the remnants of the hospital that long symbolized the lifeblood of Osceola, population 923, will be torn to the ground.

Sac-Osage is one of a growing number of rural U.S. hospitals closing their doors, citing a complex combination of changing demographics, medical practices, management decisions and federal policies that have put more financial pressure on facilities that sometimes average only a few in-patients a day.

"Money just kept drying up," said Chris Smiley, a former operating room nurse who was the last chief executive of Sac-Osage and is now overseeing its liquidation.

A total of 50 hospitals in the rural U.S. have closed since 2010, and the pace has been accelerating, with more closures in the past two years than in the previous 10 years combined, according to the National Rural Health Association. That could be just the beginning of what some health care analysts fear will be a crisis.

An additional 283 rural hospitals in 39 states are vulnerable to shutting down, and 35 percent of rural hospitals are operating at a loss, according to iVantage Health Analytics, a Portland, Maine-based firm that works with hospitals.
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http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/r...t-30724015

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1110.00
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05-02-2015 06:30 PM

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RE: Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stay Open, Adapt to Changes
The medical profession is vampire turf. Soon they will have arresting authority (maybe).

The invasion continues.

"The Precipitant has a smaller place in reality, thus it is mortal."
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8uMCQrAxylM
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0619bdpOolA
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05-02-2015 08:00 PM

 



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RE: Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stay Open, Adapt to Changes
Quote:average only a few in-patients a day

It isn't economically feasible to run a hospital with so few patients. Did the population warrant the building of a hospital in the first place or would a small clinic have filled the need?

America overbuilt........shopping malls stand empty, what little manufacturing is left is shutting down and hospitals are just businesses.
Pi
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05-02-2015 08:14 PM

 



Post: #4
RE: Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stay Open, Adapt to Changes
LoP Guest  Wrote: (05-02-2015 08:00 PM)
Quote:average only a few in-patients a day

It isn't economically feasible to run a hospital with so few patients. Did the population warrant the building of a hospital in the first place or would a small clinic have filled the need?

America overbuilt........shopping malls stand empty, what little manufacturing is left is shutting down and hospitals are just businesses.

Many hospitals were originally charitable organizations when they were originally built decades. Of course now many of them aren't anymore.
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RE: Rural Hospitals Struggle to Stay Open, Adapt to Changes
1110.00  Wrote: (05-02-2015 06:30 PM)
The medical profession is vampire turf. Soon they will have arresting authority (maybe).

The invasion continues.

They do seem to have special privileges.

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