After Madera's hospital closure, could others follow?

In Madera County, one-fifth of residents live in poverty and many don't have health insurance. The last thing this largely rural, Latino-majority p...

January 20, 2023
6:24 PM

In Madera County, one-fifth of residents live in poverty and many don't have health insurance. The last thing this largely rural, Latino-majority part of the San Joaquin Valley needed was for its only general hospital to close its doors. But years of financial struggles forced 106-bed Madera Community Hospital and its three clinics to shut down completely in early January. And state lawmakers and industry officials warn it could be only the first community hospital to close in California. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the 51-year-old hospital over the brink, hospital leaders said.

Ana B. Ibarra