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New Podcast Highlights Impact Of Rural Hospital Closures

Over the past decade, more than 100 hospitals in rural parts of America — including at least 20 in the Midwest — have closed.

In some cases, the shuttered hospital had been the only one in town, and the ripple effects are enormous, affecting not just access to health care, but also the town’s economy and even identity.

A new podcast, "Where It Hurts," from Kaiser Health News and St. Louis Public Radio, explores the fallout after a small town loses its hospital. 

Side Effects Public Media's Christine Herman interviewed Sarah Jane Tribble, senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News and host of “Where It Hurts”on Illinois Public Media's talk show, The 21st

Christine Herman is the managing editor for Side Effects Public Media