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.
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