7 states with the most rural hospital closures

Of the 26 states that have seen at least one rural hospital close since 2010, those with the most closures are in the South, according to research from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.

For its analysis, the NCRHRP defined a hospital closure as the cessation in the provision of inpatient services. As of March 26, 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, 83 rural hospitals have closed. Here are the seven states with the most rural hospital closures since 2010, according to the analysis.

1. Texas — 14 hospitals

Care Regional Medical Center (Aransas Pass)

East Texas Medical Center-Clarksville

East Texas Medical Center-Gilmer

East Texas Medical Center-Mount Vernon

East Texas Medical Center-Trinity

Good Shepherd Medical Center (Linden)

Gulf Coast Medical Center (Wharton)

Hunt Regional Community Hospital of Commerce

Lake Whitney Medical Center (Whitney)

Nix Community General Hospital (Dilley)

Renaissance Hospital Terrell

Shelby Regional Medical Center (Center)

Timberlands Hospital (Crockett)

Wise Regional Health System-Bridgeport

2. Tennessee — 8 hospitals 

Copper Basin Medical Center (Copperhill)

Gibson General Hospital (Trenton)

Haywood Park Community Hospital (Brownsville)

Humboldt General Hospital

Parkridge West Hospital (Jasper)

Starr Regional Medical Center-Etowah

McNairy Regional Hospital (Selmer)

United Regional Medical Center (Manchester)

3. Georgia — 6 hospitals 

Calhoun Memorial Hospital (Arlington)

Charlton Memorial Hospital (Folkston)

Hart County Hospital (Hartwell)

Lower Oconee Community Hospital (Glenwood)

North Georgia Medical Center (Ellijay)

Stewart-Webster Hospital (Richland)

4. Alabama — 5 hospitals 

Chilton Medical Center (Clanton)

Elba General Hospital

Florala Memorial Hospital

Randolph Medical Center (Roanoke)

Southwest Alabama Medical Center (Thomasville)

4. Mississippi — 5 hospitals

Kilmichael Hospital

Merit Health Natchez-Community Campus

Patient's Choice Medical Center of Humphreys County (Belzoni)

Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton

Quitman County Hospital (Marks)

4. North Carolina — 5 hospitals

Davie Medical Center-Mocksville

Blowing Rock Hospital

Our Community Hospital (Scotland Neck)

Vidant Pungo Hospital (Belhaven)

Yadkin Valley Community Hospital (Yadkinville)

5. Kentucky — 4 hospitals 

New Horizons Medical Center (Owenton)

Nicholas County Hospital (Carlisle)

Parkway Regional Hospital (Fulton)

Westlake Regional Hospital (Columbia)

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