South Washington County Hospital

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL HOSPITAL CLOSURE: 1989

FINDINGS This inspection found that in 1989: l Seventy-six general, acute care hospitals closed - 12 fewer than in 1988. They were located in 29 States. Eleven new hospitals opened in 1989, and 3 of the 76 hospitals which closed in 1989 have reopened in 1990. l Forty-three of the closed hospitals were rural; 33 were urban. In relation to their numbers nationwide, a higher percentage of rural hospitals (1.6%) closed in 1989 than urban hospitals (1.2%). l The closed hospitals in both rural and urban areas are significantly smaller than the national averages. Rural hospitals that closed were about half the size of the average rural hospital nationwide. Urban hospitals that closed were less than half the size of the average urban hospital nationwide...

https://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-90-02440.pdf

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