This week the Times Citizen — in collaboration with 11 other media organizations across seven states — published “Seeking a Cure: The quest to save rural hospitals,” a project that explores the pressures that are squeezing rural health care, and how some hospitals and clinics have reacted.
The issue of rural health care isn’t new to Times Citizen readers. We’ve been covering the issue for years — in stories about Hansen Family Hospital Board meetings, features on new services, and editorials that call attention to issues that are important to the people who live here. But with this special report, the Hardin County story is being shared alongside stories from elsewhere here in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. Together, these voices are louder, and that can draw more attention.