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Rural Hospital Closures Put Strain on Nearby Hospitals

December 22, 2022. 9:52 PM CST.

In two years following a rural hospital closure, nearby hospitals see increase in emergency department visits and hospital admissions

By Lori Solomon HealthDay Reporter Read article


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