In the Poorest Part of the Poorest State, Health Care Is Going From Bad to Worse

In Greenwood, an old cotton port town in the Mississippi Delta, 10 people gathered last July around a table in the center of a gray conference room. They stood with their backs straight, heads bowed. One man bent forward and pressed his palms flat on the white tablecloth.
“We ask, Father God, that you bless the administration of this hospital—our CEO, our VP,” he said. “We ask, Father God, that you bless this board of commissioners …”The opening prayer at this particular meeting carried a little more urgency than usual, because Greenwood Leflore Hospital faced a financial reckoning.
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