State-by-state breakdown of 120 rural hospital closures

Nearly one in five Americans live in rural areas and depend on their local hospital for care. Over the past 10 years, 120 of those hospitals have closed.

Thirty-one states have seen at least one rural hospital shut down since 2010, and the closures are heavily clustered in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA, according to the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

Twenty rural hospitals in Texas have closed since 2010, the most of any state. Tennessee has seen the second-most closures, with 13 rural hospitals shutting down in the past decade. In third place is Oklahoma with eight closures.

Listed below are the 120 rural hospitals that closed between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2019, as tracked by the Sheps Center. For the purposes of its analysis, the Sheps Center defined a hospital closure as the cessation in the provision of inpatient services.

"We follow the convention of the Office of Inspector General that a closed hospital is 'a facility that stopped providing general, short-term, acute inpatient care," reads a statement on the Sheps Center's website. "We did not consider a hospital closed if it: merged with, or was sold to, another hospital but the physical plant continued to provide inpatient acute care, converted to critical access status, or both closed and reopened during the same calendar year and at the same physical location."

As of Jan. 14, all the facilities listed below had stopped providing inpatient care. However, some of them still offered other services, including outpatient care, emergency care, urgent care or primary care.

Alabama
Chilton Medical Center (Clanton)
Elba General Hospital
Florala Memorial Hospital
Georgiana Medical Center
Randolph Medical Center (Roanoke)
Southwest Alabama Medical Center (Thomasville)

Alaska
Sitka Community Hospital

Arizona
Cochise Regional Hospital (Douglas)
Florence Community Healthcare
Hualapai Mountain Medical Center (Kingman)

Arkansas
De Queen Medical Center

California
Adventist Health Feather River Hospital (Paradise)
Coalinga Regional Medical Center
Kingsburg Medical Center 
Corcoran District Hospital

Florida
Campbellton-Graceville Hospital
Regional General Hospital (Williston)

Georgia
Calhoun Memorial Hospital (Arlington)
Charlton Memorial Hospital (Folkston)
Chestatee Regional Hospital (Dahlonega)
Hart County Hospital (Hartwell)
Lower Oconee Community Hospital (Glenwood)
North Georgia Medical Center (Ellijay)
Stewart-Webster Hospital (Richland)

Illinois
St. Mary's Hospital (Streator)

Indiana
Fayette Regional Health System 

Kansas
Central Kansas Medical Center (Great Bend)
Horton Community Hospital
Mercy Hospital Fort Scott
Mercy Hospital Independence
Oswego Community Hospital

Kentucky
New Horizons Medical Center (Owenton)
Nicholas County Hospital (Carlisle)
Parkway Regional Hospital (Fulton)
Westlake Regional Hospital (Columbia)

Louisiana
Doctors Hospital at Deer Creek (Leesville)

Maine
Parkview Adventist Medical Center (Brunswick)
Southern Maine Health Care-Sanford Medical Center
St. Andrews Hospital (Boothbay Harbor)

Massachusetts
North Adams Regional Hospital

Michigan
Cheboygan Memorial Hospital

Minnesota
Albany Area Hospital
Albert Lea-Mayo Clinic Health System
Lakeside Medical Center (Pine City)

Mississippi
Kilmichael Hospital
Merit Health Natchez-Community Campus
Patients' Choice Medical Center of Humphreys County (Belzoni)
Pioneer Community Hospital of Newton
Quitman County Hospital (Marks)

Missouri
I-70 Community Hospital (Sweet Springs)
Parkland Health Center-Weber Road (Farmington)
Sac-Osage Hospital (Osceola)
Southeast Health Center of Reynolds County (Ellington)
Southeast Health Center of Ripley County (Doniphan)
Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center (Kennett)

Nebraska
Tilden Community Hospital

Nevada
Nye Regional Medical Center (Tonopah)

New York
Moses Ludington Hospital (Ticonderoga) 
Lake Shore Health Care Center 

North Carolina
Blowing Rock Hospital
Davie Medical Center-Mocksville
Our Community Hospital (Scotland Neck)
Vidant Pungo Hospital (Belhaven)
Yadkin Valley Community Hospital (Yadkinville)
Novant Health Franklin Medical Center (Louisburg)
Sandhills Regional Medical Center (Hamlet)

Ohio
Doctors Hospital of Nelsonville
Physicians Choice Hospital-Fremont

Oklahoma
Epic Medical Center (Eufaula)
Latimer County General Hospital (Wilburton)
Memorial Hospital & Physician Group (Frederick)
Mercy Hospital El Reno
Muskogee Community Hospital
Pauls Valley General Hospital
Sayre Community Hospital
Haskell County Community Hospital (Stigler)

Pennsylvania
Mid-Valley Hospital (Peckville)
Saint Catherine Medical Center Fountain Springs (Ashland)
Ellwood City Medical Center

South Carolina
Bamberg County Memorial Hospital
Fairfield Memorial Hospital (Winnsboro)
Marlboro Park Hospital (Bennettsville)
Southern Palmetto Hospital (Barnwell)

South Dakota
Holy Infant Hospital (Hoven)

Tennessee
Copper Basin Medical Center (Copperhill)
Cumberland River Hospital (Celina)
Gibson General Hospital (Trenton)
Haywood Park Community Hospital (Brownsville)
Humboldt General Hospital
Jamestown Regional Medical Center
McKenzie Regional Hospital
McNairy Regional Hospital (Selmer)
Parkridge West Hospital (Jasper)
Starr Regional Medical Center-Etowah
Takoma Regional Hospital (Greeneville)
United Regional Medical Center (Manchester) 
Riverview Regional Medical Center South (Carthage)

Texas
Wise Regional Health System-Bridgeport
Shelby Regional Medical Center (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

Virginia
Lee Regional Medical Center (Pennington Gap)
Pioneer Community Hospital of Patrick County (Stuart)

Wisconsin
Franciscan Skemp Medical Center (Arcadia)

Access more information on the rural hospitals that have closed since 2010 here.

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