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Some Rural Hospitals Are in Such Bad Shape, Local Governments Are Practically Giving Them Away

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Kaiser Health News

ERIN, Tenn. — Kyle Kopec gets a kick out of leading tours through the run-down hospitals his boss is snapping up, pointing out what he calls relics of poor management left by a revolving door of operators. But there’s a point to exposing their state of disrepair — the company he works for, Braden Health, is buying buildings worth millions of dollars for next to nothing. At a hospital in this rural community about a 90-minute drive northwest from Nashville, the X-ray machine is beyond repair. “This system is so old, it’s been using a floppy disk,” said Kopec, 23, marveling at the bendy black sq…

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