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This rural Texas hospital has closed twice. Now reopened, it hopes a new partnership can save it for good.

Under a new federal law, the rural hospital will get higher Medicare payments for shedding inpatient services to instead staff a round-the-clock emergency department.

By David Montgomery, Stateline
The nursery at the shuttered labor and delivery unit of Medical Arts Hospital in Lamesa on Dec. 9, 2017. The rocking chair pictured came from the original facility when the staff moved into the current facility in 2009.

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