A rural hospital is fighting with a doctor . . . and losing
“The only hospital in Nashville is teetering on bankruptcy largely because, some say, it picked a fight with the wrong man: a popular local doctor, who now is referring his patients to hospitals in St. Louis and elsewhere.
Like many small-town hospitals, Washington County Hospital scrapes for every dime, and the grudge match with Dr. Thomas Coy has drained it of both revenue and credibility, officials say.
They say the drop in patients from Coy has contributed to financial shortfalls that could ultimately shutter the hospital, forcing Nashville’s 3,200 residents to travel 20 miles or more for even basic medical care.”