• How are the smaller Hospitals fairing in your rural areas?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    How are the smaller Hospitals fairing in your rural areas?

    We have had another close in a neighboring town, that is 6 closed in the last year. As medicine changes to a more regional service area, the smaller facilities just can't compete and are being forced out, or taken over and turned into urgent care facilities or preventative medicine practices. Have you seen this in your own area?

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      We had one close the other day. And, the town wasn't rural. It has 235,000 people in it. I can't believe they lost their hospital (which had been bought out by one of the major hospitals in Dallas several years earlier). I do admit, though, that the hospital didn't have a very good reputation. I wouldn't have wanted to be taken there.

      12 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      They are doing ok here but this is a huge market around San Diego. One of them is getting sued for performing a c section on a woman with no anesthesia because they couldn't find the anesthesiologist. That hospital had a bit of a crummy record in general, but I don't know how big of an emergency it was.

      Really what we are feeling here is a crisis in getting pain medications to pharmacies and then to patients. My palliative doctor had to call around all over the place trying to find me medication that was in stock. It took almost an hour for my doctor to find half of the prescription, and another 4 days for theee rest to be in stock.
      Wal-Mart told us that they are generally having a very hard time keeping things in stock or getting it in on order in less than 4 days.

      12 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      How far is Paris, TN, from a big hospital? If it's a life threatening distance in an emergency, I would write some letters to whoever you think is responsible. The American Hospital Association, (Tennessee Hospital Association chapter) can probably give you some guidance on what happened and who to complain to about the change.

      As people get older, I've heard of them moving their residence to get closer to a hospital or paramedics in case of emergency. Sometimes a helicopter wouldn't be fast enough.

      12 months ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      Doctors has been leaving left and right for a decade now.Surprised the hospital is still around.One has closed down in a close by town a few years ago.

      12 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      The odd thing about that story @Skyemberr is that it is reported that the woman was over 10 months pregnant. Something is not quite right.

      I know that some physicians are capable of doing terrible things but I like to think of them in a very small minority.

      Although I cant remember who, someone here told a story of being left at the end of a lonely hospital corridor to scream in pain while passing a kidney stone because the staff wouldnt give her any pain medication.

      This does not bode well for ussens if it is a trend.

      11 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Central Ohio is actually kinda big. We have 3 big medical grps and one little one that is rural. The rural hospital group is advertising like crazy, especially on the radio. There had been a 4th big hospital group, but they had a cra ppy reputation and were finally bought out by one of the other group. Most of the hospitals were kept open. Within the city, I can only think of one fairly recent closing, and they are trying to move a nursing school into that building.

      11 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      The local hospital nearest me (15 miles away located in a county with bout 40,000 population) filed bankruptcy last year and was bought out a large medical center about 45 miles away. That assures that the local hospital will probably remain open. We use their emergency room but aren't fond of their CT scan procedures or getting blood drawn there - the paperwork may take 2 hours for a simple blood draw.

      Clearly rural healthcare is becoming more and more of an issue. Travel for cancer care is definitely an issue for people who don't have reliable transportation or who can't drive themselves.

      11 months ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      About a week ago, the front page of our paper said one of our hospitals was waiting to see if it lost its Medicare and Medicaid eligibility on August 9th, which is tomorrow.

      Several patients have died this year from "errors," and one in-patient was documented to never have had a hospital employee come to her room for 10 hours---can you believe that? Even your kids could take better care of you than that.

      This is a Tenet-owned hospital. Since I worked there for a year one time, I advise you to avoid their hospitals.

      11 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      So far all of our local hospitals are still open. The biggest change I noticed is about 3 years ago our little hospital merged with UVA. So now it is part of he UVA system

      11 months ago
    • StegalMan's Avatar

      In my area, our County hospital is a place that you just stop at if your ambulance needs supplies, keep the motor running and drive to the nearest larger hospital. It needs to be bought out and bulldozed. As far as going out of business, I haven't seen any of that but we do see some of them merging to combine strengths, all of those are better now.

      11 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      @geekling that hospital has a very iffy reputation here, at best. I'm trying to keep an open mind, but I wouldn't go there unless it was a life or death emergency and I had no choice.

      11 months ago
    • andreacha's Avatar

      BuckeyeShelby - I see where you are in Columbus. I managed a Hotel in Nelsonville Ohio which is further South in the state. I remember having to have a procedure done. A doctor in Lancaster was recommended to me. Liked him a lot and based on the type of procedure I agreed to have it there at the Lancaster Hospital. However, if it was a serious, life-threatening situation, I would go to Columbus.

      11 months ago

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