One rural Michigan hospital averts closure, as others struggle to hold on

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Even as a struggling community hospital in southern Michigan got an eleventh-hour cash lifeline, experts say the battle for rural hospitals to stay afloat is far from over.

Sturgis Hospital will stay open ─ at least for now ─ thanks to $11 million in state funds approved by lawmakers Friday as part of the $77 billion 2022-23 budget package. Hours earlier, Sturgis city commissioners okayed a $645,000 loan to keep the hospital open another month pending approval of state funds.

On June 20, hospital officials filed notice with the state that it would “permanently close all facilities and services” and terminate 194 employees by July 23 unless it could secure “sufficient funding” by last Friday.

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