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More small rural hospitals in Oklahoma are joining larger systems

The number of Oklahoma’s rural hospitals managed locally is shrinking. As health care grows more complicated and expensive, more and more of Oklahoma’s rural hospitals are joining large health systems, which some say offer stability and resources to suffering institutions.

BY JACLYN COSGROVE Modified: October 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm •  Published: October 14, 2012

Marcia O’Connor remembers when her hospital was in survival mode.

Choctaw Memorial Hospital had just severed ties with Quorum Health Resources, and O’Connor, who has worked at the hospital for 27 years, entered the position of chief executive officer.

O’Connor is...
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