How big of a threat can a 13-bed hospital really be?

From Crain’s:

In a state with a glut of empty hospital beds, what health system would think of pitching yet another medical center?

Well, this one is tiny. It’s a micro-hospital, a concept that has taken off in other parts of the country but has yet to take hold in Illinois. A proposal by Mercyhealth to build a 13-bed hospital in far northwest suburban Crystal Lake would be a first for this concept in the state, and it’s drawing fierce blowback from neighboring rivals worried about losing patients.

Rural matters — it’s about culture

From Wallace’s Farmer:

Roughly 36% of Iowans live in rural areas. Why is this population loss happening? Should rural communities give up? How can we reverse the downward spiral? Ask these questions at home; at your city council, school board and church meetings; or at the coffee shop.

• What’s happening with your hospital? What is its stability to stay open?