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Diagnosing Rural Nevada's Access To Healthcare

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Nye Regional Medical Center

Nevada’s rural communities are struggling to get healthcare. Last fall, we featured a series of interviews talking about some of the reasons it’s so hard to get care for people in places like Tonopah -- and what officials are trying to do about it.

After Tonopah’s only hospital closed in 2015, health system Renown stepped in to open a clinic there. But now, that clinic will change hands. What does that mean for the community?

And another clinic in Kingston closed in January. It’s also a remote community, where residents now have to drive hours just for a routine checkup -- let alone emergency services.

Why are rural clinics around the state continuing to close? And what can be done to stop it?

Ann Miles is a physician assistant and the founder of the Kingston Health Center. Karmin Greber chairs the Northern Nye County Hospital District's Board of Trustees and John Packham is associate dean for the Office of Statewide Initiatives at UNR. They joined State of Nevada to talk about the struggle to bring health care to rural Nevada.

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Ann Miles, PA-C and founder, Kingston Health Center. Karmin Greber, chair, Northern Nye County Hospital District's Board of Trustees. John Packham, Associate Dean, Office of Statewide Initiatives at UNR.

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