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Billions in federal funds may make rural hospitals look more stable than they really are

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven Between the start of the pandemic and February 2021, rural hospitals nationwide received nearly $15 billion in federal relief dollars, according to researchers at UNC’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.  But while the money helped slow the pace of rural hospital closures and enabled these facilities to care for […]

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N.C. nursing shortage likely to increase, report shows. Can community colleges help?

Hannah McClellan, EdNC.org North Carolina could be among the top five states for nursing shortages by 2026 if current trends continue. By 2033, the state could have a shortage of nearly 17,500 nurses, according to N.C. Nursecast data presented to the State Board of Community Colleges during a luncheon at its April meeting. That statistic […]