County Hospital

Over the last decade, dozens of rural county hospitals have closed across the Southeast. In a rural Georgia town, a critical care hospital sits shuttered for almost a decade. With millions in debt, the local government elected to close the hospital. Locals asked officials to keep the hospital open or many residents would be forced to drive an hour away for care. As a result, nearly a hundred employees lost their jobs. Since county officials hoped to one day reopen, none of the equipment was removed.

Like many small towns, the county hospital was one of the largest employers in the area. The hospital struggled due to a lack of patients. Coupled with a significant drop in funding, county officials had no choice but to close the facility and hope they could one day reopen.


The county hospital has over a dozen beds. Before closing its doors, there were some weeks when the hospital had only one or two patients.



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  1. Another example in NC was the “Doctor’s Hospital” in Andrews NC, in the extreme western part of the state that closed a little over a decade ago. Building still sits there unused.


  2. Wow, it looks as though the staff and doctors could return any minute and start working again immediately. How sad for everyone who worked or received treatment there.

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  3. Really reminds me. Of our local hospital that just shut down a couple years ago here in East TN. I had to Google to make sure it wasn’t the same hospital until I reread and saw “10 years ago”. Because it’s literally the same, people can drive to GA where they might not take Blue Cross/Blue Shield of TN, or drive the river road and go to Erlanger. Erlanger actually tried to put a bid on the local hospital and they said no, stating they’d rather have local Dr’s. Didn’t know we could be choosy..


  4. The authort of this website did not name the hospital or locale. I would email him at his website and ask him. I have communicated with him a few times and he is most responsive.


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