Rural hospital closures affect operations of surrounding hospitals

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Since 2005, more than 180 rural hospitals in the United States have closed, with nearly 1,000 more at risk of doing so. A study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers found that nearby hospitals see increased emergency department visits and admissions as a result of these closures.

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