Jayme Lozano


Jayme Lozano joined Texas Tech Public Media in 2021. She was brought to the team as part of the PBS series FRONTLINE’s Local Journalism Initiative, with support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her focus has been on rural hospital closures in Texas, as well as other important healthcare matters in the state and nationally.

Previously, Jayme previously worked for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal and the Amarillo Globe-News, covering healthcare, climate change and agriculture in the region. Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and USA Today.


Lubbock, Texas

Texas Slow to Adopt Potential Solutions to Keep Rural Hospitals Open
The hospital in Stamford, Texas, closed in 2018, making it one of 24 rural hospitals to close in the state since 2005. This closure left nearly 3,000 residents without immediate access to healthcare.
January 19, 2022
The Other Texas Drought: Rural Healthcare in Jeopardy as Hospitals Shutter
Rural hospitals are up against many obstacles. They often face low reimbursements from insurance companies. Many of the hospitals rely on patients and Medicare payments, but their populations are older or declining.
December 20, 2021
Ralls Residents Face Uncertainty as the Rural Community's EMS is in Jeopardy
The residents of Ralls, TX are facing uncertainty as they are at risk of losing their Emergency Medical Service station.
July 20, 2021
The Doctor is Out: Texas Community Worries About Future Without Local Healthcare
The problem the residents of Bowie, TX, face is one that has become more prevalent around the U.S. as at least 136 rural hospitals have closed in the last decade.
June 18, 2021
Fight for Healthcare Access in Rural East Texas Continues as Some of the State’s Hospitals Face Closures
Texans in rural communities are facing an ongoing crisis as hospitals and medical facilities shutter. Randy Lindauer has spent the last few months renovating a hospital in East Texas, preparing it to reopen after it closed in 2019 — leaving about 56,000 residents without access to basic or emergency healthcare.
April 22, 2021
As Texas Struggles to Get COVID Vaccines, Rural Communities Are Hit Especially Hard
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, rural communities in the Texas Panhandle have struggled to keep up in the fight against the coronavirus. Early on they faced limited testing supplies and personal protective equipment. Now they can’t seem to get vaccines into arms fast enough.
January 29, 2021