Rural Health Insights

Rural Hospital Closures in Arkansas and Surrounding States Since 2012

July 20, 2021

Source: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program

*Hover over the red x’s to view specific hospital information.


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


ACHI Communications

This map depicts the locations of rural hospital closures since January 2012 in Arkansas and in neighboring states, most of which have not expanded Medicaid. It is based on data from the North Carolina Health Research Program.

Arkansas’s expansion of Medicaid in 2014, which resulted in reduced uncompensated care costs for hospitals, has helped it avoid the rural hospital closings experienced in neighboring states.

De Queen Medical Center closed in in May 2019, but Sevier County is no longer without a rural hospital; Sevier County Medical Center opened in January 2023. This map depicts only the closures of rural hospitals that have not reopened or been replaced.

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