Rural Hospital Closings in Southern States

January 24, 2020

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


This map depicts the locations of rural hospital closures ― a total of 55 ― between January 2012 and January 2020 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, 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.