Hospital Closures Rattle Small Towns

(By – Sarah Varney, Kaiser Health News)

For years, Sybil Ammons was the director of nursing at Stewart County’s only hospital. Now, she’s the county coroner.

Since the hospital here closed three years ago, Ammons says more than a dozen local residents were unable to get medical care quickly enough and were either harmed or died because of the delays. “We’ve had a stroke, several heart attacks,” she said, standing along Richland’s main street in this small town about 150 miles south of Atlanta. “We’ve had traumas out on the four-lane.” Read more…

 

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