Since 2005, the rural South has lost more than 3,500 hospital beds due to hospital closures. "It is becoming absolutely dire," said Maggie Elehwany, the government affairs and policy vice president for the National Association of Rural Hospitals.Read More...
A new type of organizer is at work in the rural South. Their work is occurring for the most part outside partisan politics, and they plan to be there for the long haul, according to this analysis from the online journal Facing South.
Regulators have put in place measures they hope will protect consumers in rural Central Appalachia from harm that might result from the merger of competing healthcare systems into a regional monopoly. Some community members are skeptical.