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Opinion: Rural hospitals are hollowed out and caught in a cycle of failure

By The Tennessean  
   August 19, 2019

Small towns and rural counties in Tennessee have their unique stories to tell, but there are some commonalities that are plaguing many of the state’s non-urban communities. These include high rates of chronic disease, the opioid crisis, lack of access to good paying jobs, and health care disparities. One issue stands out: the continuing closure of community hospitals across the state, deepening the health chasm between rural residents and city dwellers.

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