An Analysis of the Financial Conditions of Health Care Institutions in the Appalachian Region and their Economic Impacts

Author(s): Jeffrey Stensland, Curt Mueller, and Janet Sutton
Author Organization(s): Project HOPE

This report describes the availability of health care services in Appalachia, the financial stability of Appalachian health care institutions, and the effect of hospital closures on Appalachian counties. It compares data on the current state of Appalachia’s health care infrastructure to historical data and national benchmarks. After evaluating the current financial condition of Appalachian health care institutions, the importance of these institutions to the local economy is discussed.