The 19TH Rural Hospital Closure of 2019

The UNC Sheps Center reports that Ellwood City Medical Center has officially become the 19th rural hospital closure of 2019. According to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, “A day after its CEO resigned, Ellwood City Medical Center has effectively closed its doors, at least temporarily, raising further doubts about the future of the Lawrence County hospital.” This year, the U.S. has experienced the greatest number of rural hospital closures than any year in the past decade.