Data Visualizations

Rural Hospital Closings in Southern States

July 23, 2019

Map of rural hospital closures

Source: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program


Jennifer Wessel, JD, MPH
Senior Policy Analyst and Data Privacy Officer


This map depicts the locations of rural hospital closures ― a total of 48 ― between January 2010 and July 2019 in Arkansas and in neighboring states that have not expanded Medicaid. It is based on data from the North Carolina Health Research Program, updated to include the May 2019 closure of De Queen Medical Center in De Queen, Ark.

Arkansas’s expansion of Medicaid in 2014 has helped it fare better than most neighboring states in avoiding the closing of rural hospitals, but the closing of the facility in De Queen shows that Arkansas is not immune to the financial constraints facing rural hospitals in the region.

Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis closed in September 2014, but because of its proximity to Memphis it was not considered a rural hospital.