Tools

The NC Rural Health Research Program has developed several tools that are available for public use.  

 

closuremaps Rural Hospital Closure Tracking 
This tool includes a map of rural hospital closures from 2005-present, a sortable list of closed rural hospitals, a list of closed but re-opened rural hospitals, and a printable list of closed rural hospitals.
 FedFast Tool The Freestanding Emergency Department Financial Assessment Strategic Tool (FED FAST)  The FED FAST is an Excel-based tool developed to assess the financial feasibility of converting a rural hospital into a freestanding emergency department.  We have also published a Findings Brief,  Estimated Costs of Rural Freestanding Emergency Departments, that explains the concept of an RFED and estimates the costs of operating an RFED under three different volume scenarios.