“I have no idea what happened here, and now we’re in a position where I don’t think anyone can help us. We need to sell all seven hospitals, and we need to do it quickly.”
This comment was made by a board member and interim CEO of a community health system who faced a devastating but common reality: they were not collecting enough revenue to keep their facilities open and operating.
With nearly 900 hospitals at risk for closure today, healthcare deserts are becoming more prevalent across the U.S, especially in rural communities. The average distance between rural healthcare facilities has increased more than 700% since 2014 – with facilities now being more than 45 miles apart and only one ICU bed per 10,000 people on average.