3 states with the most rural hospital closures

Of the 33 states that have seen at least one rural hospital close since 2010, those with the most closures are in the South, according to the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

For its analysis, the Sheps Center defined a hospital closure as the cessation in the provision of inpatient services. As of June 29, all of the facilities listed below no longer provided inpatient care. However, some of them still offered other services, including outpatient care, imaging, urgent care or rehabilitation services.

Since 2010, 129 rural hospitals have closed. Here are the three states with the most rural hospital closures since 2010, according to the analysis:

Texas — 21 rural hospital closures since 2010

Wise Regional Health System-Bridgeport 

Shelby Regional Medical Center 

Renaissance Hospital Terrell

East Texas Medical Center-Mount Vernon 

East Texas Medical Center-Clarksville

East Texas Medical Center-Gilmer 

Good Shepherd Medical Center (Linden) 

Lake Whitney Medical Center (Whitney) 

Hunt Regional Community Hospital of Commerce 

Gulf Coast Medical Center (Wharton) 

Nix Community General Hospital (Dilley) 

Weimar Medical Center 

Care Regional Medical Center (Aransas Pass) 

East Texas Medical Center-Trinity 

Little River Healthcare Cameron Hospital

Little River Healthcare Rockdale Hospital 

Stamford Memorial Hospital 

Texas General-Van Zandt Regional Medical Center (Grand Saline) 

Hamlin Memorial Hospital 

Chillicothe Hospital 

Central Hospital of Bowie


Tennessee — 13 rural hospital closures since 2010 

Riverview Regional Medical Center South (Carthage) 

Starr Regional Medical Center-Etowah

Haywood Park Community Hospital (Brownsville) 

Gibson General Hospital (Trenton) 

Humboldt General Hospital 

United Regional Medical Center (Manchester) 

Parkridge West Hospital (Jasper) 

Tennova Healthcare-McNairy Regional (Selmer) 

Copper Basin Medical Center (Copperhill) 

McKenzie Regional Hospital 

Jamestown Regional Medical Center

Takoma Regional Hospital (Greeneville) 

Decatur County General Hospital (Parsons) 


Oklahoma — 8 rural hospital closures since 2010 

Muskogee Community Hospital 

Epic Medical Center (Eufaula) 

Memorial Hospital & Physician Group (Frederick)  

Latimer County General Hospital (Wilburton)  

Pauls Valley General Hospital 

Sayre Community Hospital 

Haskell County Community Hospital (Stigler)  

Mercy Hospital El Reno 

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