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Rural hospital rescue program is met with skepticism from administrators

A new federal program that pays rural hospitals to shutter underused inpatient units and focus solely on emergency rooms and outpatient care hasn’t generated much interest yet.

By Sarah Jane Tribble and Tony Leys, Kaiser Health News
Crosbyton Clinic Hospital’s chief executive, Steve Beck, opens the blinds in an empty patient room. “We rarely admit patients,” Beck says.
The small town of Crosbyton, 40 miles east of Lubbock, has hosted bake sales and garage sales to keep its only hospital from closing its emergency room and primary care services.
A trauma room is seen in Crosbyton Clinic Hospital on July 10, 2022, in Crosbyton.
Crosbyton Clinic Hospital’s chief executive, Steve Beck, points to historical photos of the hospital, which opened in 1945.

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