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Urgent for Care: Can Missouri's Poorest County Keep Its Hospital Alive?

The Pemiscot County hospital generated $1.6 million through the 340B program in 2016, the first full year it participated. That revenue went a long way toward keeping the hospital open.
The Pemiscot County hospital generated $1.6 million through the 340B program in 2016, the first full year it participated. That revenue went a long way toward keeping the hospital open.

Urgent for Care: Can Missouri's Poorest County Keep Its Hospital Alive?

Over 80 rural hospitals have closed across the country since 2010. In 2013, the lone public hospital in Pemiscot County, Missouri was nearly one of them.

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health.

Bram Sable-Smith reported this series during a yearlong Reporting Fellowship on Health Care Performance sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists and supported by The Commonwealth Fund.