Sarah Jane TribbleSenior correspondent, Kaiser Health News
Sarah Jane Tribble covers the state of health care in rural America. Previously, she produced award-winning coverage on prescription drug prices and the rare-disease drug industry. Before her work at KHN, Tribble covered health care for Cleveland’s NPR and PBS affiliate and spent more than a decade as a staff writer for newspapers across the country. Her work appears in The Washington Post and USA Today, and she is a regular contributor to NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
A private equity firm shuttered rural hospitals in Missouri a year ago. It's now facing state and federal investigations, as well as lawsuits.
The U.S. Labor Department investigates Noble Health after former employees of its shuttered Missouri hospitals say the private equity-backed owner took money from their paychecks and then failed to fund their insurance coverage.
Dr. Joe Corrado saw his hospital being whittled away. Supplies for surgery disappeared, crucial medicines went unstocked, paychecks never came, he said. Just days before Noble suspended operations, he told management: “We don’t have the ability to do the things we need to take care of patients.”