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The Other Texas Drought: Van Zandt County

Kaysie Ellingson
Texas Tech Public Media
Randy Lindauer stands inside the building that's currently under renovation. Eventually, he says it'll serve as sleeping quarters for medical staff.

Part 3 of 3 of the investigative podcast series, "Rural Healthcare: The Other Texas Drought."

The hospital in Van Zandt County was one of the 24 rural hospitals to close since 2005 in Texas. Now, a team is working to reopen it—a task that experts in the field agree, is incredibly difficult. On this episode, we follow the teams efforts to bring health care back to this East Texas community.

This story is part of a collaboration with The Texas Newsroom through FRONTLINE’s Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting."

The APM Research Lab is collaborating with The Texas Newsroom as a part of their coverage of rural health care issues. For a deeper dive into the data visit

Kaysie Ellingson is the former news director for Texas Tech Public Media. She came to Lubbock after living in Anchorage, Alaska, working as a documentary producer for Alaska Public Media. Prior to working in public media, Kaysie earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in documentary production.