America's Wire Releases New Article on Growing Trend of Hospital Closures in Minority Communities Across the Country

Jan 05, 2011, 12:12 ET from America's Wire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's Wire today released a story on the growing number of hospitals that are closing or moving out of minority neighborhoods, leaving huge voids in health care services, especially trauma treatment, for residents of these communities.  

Award-winning reporter, Marjorie Valbrun, reports that hospitals have closed or face closure in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York, Washington and parts of New Jersey.  Detroit has lost more than 1,200 hospital beds since 1998 because of closures and has no public hospital. And the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has concluded that the closures have created considerable health care gaps for residents in these communities.

"This problem has been escalating dramatically and is a consequence of a system where health care is a market commodity that is bought and sold by those who can afford it," Brian D. Smedley, vice president and director of the Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, says in the article.

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Other stories currently available on America's Wire include:

  • Marisa Trevino's commentary on increases in hate crimes against Latinos
  • The impact of black prosecutors across the country
  • Q & A with Shirley J. Wilcher, director of American Association for Affirmative Action
  • The impact of residential segregation on health outcomes
  • Conservatives blaming the poor for being poor
  • The declining number of black males at colleges and universities
  • Tim Wise, a white crusader against racism
  • States easing restrictions on ex-convicts

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Michael K. Frisby


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