Poplar Bluff’s New Hospital Illustrates Rural Challenges

A new, $173 million hospital opened in Poplar Bluff this year. | Photo from Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on Facebook
A new, $173 million hospital opened in Poplar Bluff this year. | Photo from Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on Facebook

Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, which opened earlier this year, was built at a cost of $173 million by its parent, for-profit Health Management Associates Inc. of Naples, Fla. The Affordable Care Act’s success or failure will depend in large part on the efforts of rural hospitals such as Poplar Bluff to treat the poor.

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