Almost 50 rural hospitals have closed their doors since the beginning of 2010, with over half of those closures occurring in the past two years alone, leaving more Americans to trek long distances to obtain health care — sometimes with dire consequences.
Colorado may soon add to this tally, with Leadville's St. Vincent Hospital facing closure if it does not find a partner, buyer or management relationship together with an infusion of resources. Should St. Vincent close, Leadville will lose its only emergency room and ambulance service, and the county's only nursing home. Leadville's community of 2,600 people would be required to overcome 33 snowy, mountainous miles to reach the nearest hospital in Frisco.
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