Rural Alabama

Health Matters to Rural Alabama

Investing in the rural health care infrastructure is critical as Alabama works to improve rural prosperity.  Alabama's rural hospitals are an anchor in their communities‒creating jobs, providing critical care, and supporting other industries.  

When a rural hospital closes, other mainstays in the community often follow ... local pharmacies, physicians, banks, and grocery stores to name a few. 

When a rural hospital closes, it's very difficult to attract new business. 

Rural hospitals in expansion states are less vulnerable.  Expansion states have seen fewer hospital closures than non-expansion states. In fact, hospitals in expansion states are 84% less likely to close than hospitals in non-expansion states.