Dr. Chang's Research in National News

For release:  November 30, 2015

Dr. Cyril Chang, professor of Economics, was recently commissioned by the Center for Mississippi Health Policy to conduct research on the economic impact of rural hospitals and their effect on Mississippi communities. Dr. Chang's work made national health headlines. Other researchers included Dr. Maya McDoom-Echebiri, Mississippi State University, Dr. John Gnuschke, Sparks Bureau, and Dr. David Mirvis, Methodist Le Bonheur Center for Healthcare Economics.

In a financial management story, the Becker's Hospital CFO reported that 31 rural hospitals in Mississippi were so financially vulnerable that they were at risk of closure. The impact of the nine "most-at-risk" hospitals would result in a loss of 2,600 jobs, $8.6 million in state and local tax revenue, and generate a $289.2 million economic impact.

The Becker's Hospital CFO article can be seen 31 Mississippi hospitals at risk of closing and the full Mississippi at risk hospital report can be downloaded Rural Hospitals: Economic and Health Implications in Mississippi.