Every rural hospital closure in the COVID-19 era, by state

Hundreds of hospitals in the U.S. are on the ropes financially, largely due not to fiscal mismanagement but inadequate reimbursements, according to the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform. 

Many of them are rural hospitals whose closures don't usually make the headlines, but that doesn't mean they're expendable. Rural communities supply most of the country's food and energy. If those communities can't access healthcare, it could mean power outages and empty pantries nationwide, even in big cities.

The University of North Carolina's Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research in Chapel Hill compiled a list of rural hospital closures since 2005, including the 25 rural hospital closures since January 2020.

They are listed below by state, followed by month and year of closure:


Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center (Lake City); closed August 2020

Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center (Live Oak); closed April 2020

Shands Starke Regional Medical Center (Starke); closed Aril 2020


Northridge Medical Center (Commerce); closed October 2020

Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center (Cuthbert); closed October 2020


Galesburg Cottage Hospital; closed January 2022


Blessing Health Keokuk; closed September 2022


Community HealthCare System - St. Marys; closed June 2021

St. Luke's Cushing Hospital (Leavenworth); closed July 2020

Sumner Community Hospital (Wellington); closed March 2020


Edward W. McCready Memorial Hospital (Crisfield); closed March 2020


Mayo Clinic Health System - Springfield; closed March 2020


Pinnacle Regional Hospital (Boonville); closed January 2020

Callaway Community Hospital (Fulton); closed March 2022

Audrain Community Hospital (Mexico); closed March 2022


MercyOne Oakland Medical Center; closed July 2021


UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury (Sunbury); closed January 2020


Jellico Medical Center; closed November 2020

Perry Community Hospital (Linden); closed August 2020

Cumberland River Hospital (Celina); closed November 2020

Decatur County General Hospital (Parsons); closed April 2020


Central Hospital of Bowie; closed February 2020


Mountain View Regional Hospital (Norton); closed January 2020

West Virginia

Bluefield Regional Medical Center; closed July 2020

Williamson Memorial Hospital; closed April 2020

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