Rural Kansas Hospitals Struggle To Stay Afloat

Apr 23, 2015

Phillips County Hospital, in Phillipsburg--one of 84 Critical Access Hospital in Kansas.
Credit Bryan Thompson

There are a lot of small, rural hospitals in Kansas. Without them, many residents would have to travel long distances for care. And in many small towns, the hospital is one of the largest employers - making it vital to the local economy. But declining populations, combined with changes in the way hospitals are paid for services, are making it more difficult for many to survive. Heartland Health Monitor's Bryan Thompson has more.