How A One-Room Rural Clinic Evolved Into A Bustling Health System Over A Century
The Scott Community Health Center in North Carolina, which marked 100 years of practice last month, holds in its history a reflection of the evolution of rural health care. Meanwhile, after depending on the local hospital for more than a century, Fort Scott, Kansas, residents now are trying to cope with life without it.
North Carolina Health News:
One Hundred Years In A Rural Clinic
Floyd Scott started a health care practice about nine miles outside of Burlington in a one-room office 100 years ago. ... That one room medical practice evolved to a bustling medical center today with 20 employees, including specialties in behavioral health and nutrition. Piedmont Health received a grant from the Duke Endowment and bought the practice in 2002, according to Samuel Scott. (Knopf, 5/13)
Kaiser Health News:
Dealing With Hospital Closure, Pioneer Kansas Town Asks: What Comes Next?
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’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. (Tribble, 5/14)