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Photo report: Mississippi hospitals closed

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Compared to other states, Mississippi ranks at the bottom of most lists regarding health issues and access to health care. Mississippians also faced another major problem: hospital closings.

Mississippi Today photographed the growing number of shuttered hospitals across the state closure due to rising cost in the industry. Currently, six hospitals have closed in Mississippi since 2005. Dozens more are expected, according to top state health officials.

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Eric J. Shelton was a staff member at Report for America in 2018 and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Mississippi, Eric received his BA in Photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for the Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team in June 2018. He returned to Mississippi Today as our health photo correspondent in January 2022.

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