No Mercy: How A Kansas Town Is Grappling With Its Hospital's Closure
Added 05-14-19 05:06:02am EST - “People in Fort Scott, Kansas, depended on their local hospital for more than a century. In December, the hospital closed Fort Scott residents now are trying to cope with life without it.” - Npr.org
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Fort Scott, Kan., fills up on weekday afternoons as locals grab pizza, visit a coffeehouse or browse antique shops and a bookstore. Like other rural communities, the commercial areas also include empty storefronts. Christopher Smith for Kaiser Health News hide caption
Fort Scott, Kan., fills up on weekday afternoons as locals grab pizza, visit a coffeehouse or browse antique shops and a bookstore. Like other rural communities, the commercial areas also include empty storefronts.
A slight drizzle had begun in the gray December sky outside Community Christian Church as Reta Baker, president of the local hospital, stepped through the doors to join a weekly morning coffee organized by Fort Scott, Kan.'s chamber of commerce.
The town manager was there, along with the franchisee of the local McDonald's, an insurance agency owner and the receptionist from the big auto sales lot. Baker, who grew up on a farm south of town, knew them all.
Just a few months before, Baker and the hospital's owner, St. Louis-based Mercy health system, publicly announced that the 132-year-old hospital would close.
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