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SW Kansas Hospital Tries New Approaches to Survive Hard Times

Administrator Benjamin Anderson at Kearny County Hospital in Lakin. (Photo by Bryan Thompson)

Rural hospitals are struggling to stay open, as their communities suffer through a tough economy and many people move away. Some rural facilities have an average census of one or two patients a day. But one small hospital in southwest Kansas is thriving and drawing patients from a 90-mile radius. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson sat down with the administrator of that hospital to find out how his operation is growing at a time when one in three rural hospitals is at risk of closing. 

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Bryan Thompson is a reporter for the KHI News Service in Topeka. He's also  a contributor to Heartland Health Monitor, a reporting collaboration focused on health issues and their impact in Kansas and Missouri. The partners — Kansas Public Radio, KCUR, KMUW, KCPT Public Television and the KHI News Service — strive to bring listeners and readers timely, accurate and comprehensive coverage of health and health-related issues.

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