Over the course of the last 10 years, more than 120 rural hospitals have ceased operations further limiting access to care for populations which are older, less healthy and less affluent than urban counterparts. Using a multilevel logistic regression model, The Chartis Center for Rural Health has identified 453 rural facilities which can be considered ‘vulnerable’ to closure based on performance levels.
“Our model provided us with the opportunity to conduct a more nuanced examination of the path toward closure and better understand the breadth of vulnerability across the nation. None of the metrics we track to measure the stability of the rural health safety net are improving, and this research allows us to quantify just how severe the implications could be if the current situation worsens.”
– Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health