Closed hospital sign Americansare fleeing rural areas in favor of urban centers, reducing thedemand for hospital services in already struggling communities.(Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) –A quiet crisis is unfolding for U.S. hospitals,with bankruptcies and closures threatening to leave some of thecountry's most vulnerable citizens without care. As a gauge ofdistress in the health-care sector has soared, at least 30hospitals entered bankruptcy in 2019, according to data compiled byBloomberg. They range from Hahnemann University Hospital indowntown Philadelphia to De Queen Medical Center in rural SevierCounty, Arkansas and Americore Health LLC, a company built onpreserving rural hospitals.

There's more distress to come. Already this week, the bankruptowner of St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles said it plans toshut the facility after a failed sale attempt.

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