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financial performance, long-term care, organizational linkages, rural hospitals, swing-beds



  1. Stuart, Bruce
  2. Fennell, Mary
  3. Sun, Rongjun
  4. Campbell, Susan E.


Abstract: Data for 540 rural hospitals from 1982 to 1997 were analyzed to determine whether adoption of long-term-care (LTC) strategies improved hospital financial performance. Adoption of external and internal LTC strategies (other than swing-beds) was generally, but not unambiguously, associated with higher profits, increased occupancy, and/or lower costs.