By Lionel Ramos and Yasmeen Saadi
Oklahoma Watch 

Why most Oklahoma rural hospitals haven't accepted Congress' offer to save them


PERRY — When her sister’s blood sugar rose to a dangerous level, Elaine Bubb found comfort five minutes from home.

“If we had to go to Stillwater to take care of her blood sugar, it could’ve gone up, it would’ve been risky,” Bubb said last week while waiting for Marjorie Miccuci, a 62-year-old breast cancer patient, to be released from a Perry emergency room. “At the end of last month, I brought her in because she was running a 104-degree fever. We were transferred to Stillwater and by the time we got there, she was up to 106.”

With Miccuci’s blood sugar lowered and stab...

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