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The federal loans were meant to help hospitals survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet they’re coming due now — at a time when many rural hospitals are still desperate for help.
Rural “critical access” hospitals, often some of the largest employers in small towns, have been operating on razor-thin margins throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — On Wednesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signaled that restrictions on elective medical procedures may ease soon. Still, it may take time for hospitals to catch up financially. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, ordered all hospitals to postpone elective surgeries and medical procedures in March. This measure was… Read More
MURRAY, Ky. (OVR) — As coronavirus cases continue to increase throughout the Ohio Valley, rural hospitals are preparing for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients. But as they do so, these hospitals face tough financial decisions, and some could close down altogether. Hospitals throughout the region have had to make brutal financial decisions the past… Read More
ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The state of Ohio has asked all hospitals to cancel elective surgeries, which could put strain on rural hospitals’ finances. The chief nursing officer at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital said she feels confident in the hospital’s ability to serve the Athens community if there is a surge in COVID-19 cases. Rhonda Dixon… Read More
“We Can’t Get To Everybody”: Hospital Closures, Underfunded Health Centers Hinder Coronavirus Response
Local public health departments and hospitals are on the front lines of facing the coronavirus throughout the Ohio Valley, yet the health professionals who run these facilities say years of underfunding and hospital closures have diminished these services that now face the crisis. Dan Brown, a former councilman for the riverside village of Bellaire, Ohio,… Read More
Recruiting doctors to come to work in rural hospitals has always been a challenge, especially in a hot job market. But some hospitals in remote areas are finding ways to lure much-needed talent.