Throwing Away the Box

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BY JAMES DECKER

As many of my readers know, back in June of 2018, Stamford Memorial Hospital closed its inpatient care services and emergency room. This has created a certain level of anxiety and concern within the community, particularly with regard to emergency services. Old folks and young folks alike get concerned when they realize that, in case of a heart attack, car wreck, or workplace accident, the nearest emergency room is now 15 miles away, rather than across town. It’s a tougher sales pitch to attract businesses when local healthcare services are reduced.

The good news and bad news is that this issue isn’t isolated to Stamford. If you do a Google search for rural hospitals, the results you find are frightening. In the last decade, something like 90 rural hospitals have closed.

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