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Sonoma Valley Hospital facing national, local financial challenges
Sonoma Index-Tribune

As small rural hospitals across the country struggle to survive, one North Bay hospital has closed its doors and another – cash-strapped Sonoma Valley Hospital – is “defying gravity,” health care experts said.

More than 70 rural hospitals have closed across the United States since 2010, according to the University of North Carolina Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. Hundreds more are at risk of closing, according to the National Rural Health Association. There were 1,825 rural community hospitals in the U.S. in 2016, according to the American Hospital Association.