Investigating the Business of Oklahoma’s Rural Hospitals
This series was produced in partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. The Frontier is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network.
BRIANNA BAILEY January 26, 2021
COVID-19 relief was meant to give a lifeline to hospitals, especially the small, rural facilities that struggled to stay open before 2020. But in states like Oklahoma, problems created by confusing guidelines could cause harm long after the pandemic.
BRIANNA BAILEY June 4, 2020
Rural Oklahoma communities are desperate to protect their vulnerable hospitals and hand the reins to management companies that say they’re turnaround experts. Instead some companies failed the hospitals, bled them dry and expedited their demise.
BRIANNA BAILEY July 22, 2020
At least 13 hospitals in Oklahoma have closed or experienced added financial distress under the management of private companies. Some companies charged hefty management fees, promising to infuse millions of dollars that never materialized.
BRIANNA BAILEY THE FRONTIER, AND MAYA MILLER, PROPUBLICA July 1, 2020
Mabel Garcia went to the only emergency room in Texas County, Oklahoma, which didn’t have a drug for heart attacks and strokes. She was airlifted to a larger hospital that gave her the drug she needed, but it was too late. She suffered brain damage.
BRIANNA BAILEY April 23, 2020
Eight nurses are the overwhelming majority of employees who remain at Haskell County Community Hospital. The future of the 25-bed hospital, which has been whittled down to operating only an emergency room since 2019, is increasingly grim.