Cuts threaten rural hospitals ‘hanging on by their fingernails’

( CNN) One Monday in 2013, Dr. Alluri Raju learned that the only hospital in rural Richland, Georgia, would close on Wednesday. But there were still cases in hospital beds and surgeries scheduled for Wednesday.

Raju pleaded with the hospital’s proprietor to keep it open a few more daylights.

Ultimately, the hospital closed that Friday, leaving the agricultural township without a infirmary for miles. Raju, who had been the hospital’s chief of staff, is now the only physician to stay in the town a two-hour drive south of Atlanta.