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posted 07/13/13

Sean Hamill's Work

One reporter's intrepid data quest has given reporters nationwide a new look at how their local hospitals rank when it comes to charity care. Check out these datasets for story ideas in your neck of the woods.

Nearly 60 hospitals have closed in the U.S. since 2010. In reporting on how hospital closures affect poor patients in Rust Belt towns, reporter Sean Hamill found first-person accounts to be crucial. But backing up those stories with data and geographical comparisons also provided essential context.

A pilot program in Pittsburgh, Penn. that uses nurses and pharmacists to follow-up with patients after they leave the hospital has significantly lowered readmission rates, improved the health of thousands, and saved $41 million at six hospitals in its first two years alone.