Rural Hospital Closures: 2005 – 2016

Since 2005, at least 120 rural hospitals have been shuttered in the US. More than a third of rural hospitals operate at a loss, according to the National Rural Health Association. One in four is at risk of closing in the next decade.
Press play or drag the timeline handle to see the locations of rural hospital closures over the last decade. The size of the bubble represents the number of hospital beds.

Total for JAN 2005 -

Data Source: The North Carolina Rural Health Research Program

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