Eleven percent of hospitals in rural Illinois are in financial peril, according to iVantage Health Analytics, a Maine-based firm that collects hospital strength index.
Fifty rural hospitals across the country have closed due to financial problems since 2010, and that number is reportedly growing. Although none of those closures were in Illinois, iVantage reports that 11 percent of rural hospitals in the state are in the same financial straits that the shuttered hospitals were in before closing.
Illinois has seen two hospitals close since 2010. Chicago's Sacred Heart Hospital closed in 2013 after an FBI raid took place and allegations of physician bribery were unearthed. In 2011, Oak Forest Hospital was converted to an outpatient facility as part of a Cook County cost savings plan.