Financial struggles of rural hospitals like Barton Memorial as they serve low-income populations and how their status as tourist destinations and specialized service providers impacts their revenue.
Two independent hospitals in the Sacramento region face financial challenges without the support of larger health systems but prioritize agility and community-focused services.
The Sacramento region's rural hospitals carry a higher cost burden to serve aging, poorer communities. And it's getting worse.
In ordinary times, rural hospitals operate in a precarious financial position. But the past few years have not been ordinary times for hospitals.