That’s the size of the bill that could have shuttered the only public hospital in rural Pemiscot County, Missouri in August 2013.
$750,000 for payroll. $500,000 for a bond payment. $1.25 million total. One August day in 2013, the hospital’s CEO Kerry Noble had to face facts: The money just wasn’t there. It took an emergency bailout from a local bank to keep their doors open. For now.