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S2 Episode 4: Ailing Rural Health Care

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Chris Neal/Kansas News Service
Martha Hadsall was one of the main driving forces that helped bring the Patterson Health Center to life for communities in Anthony and Harper, Kansas.

The closing of a rural hospital marks a particular loss for a community — greater distances to travel for health care, fewer jobs, and the sense that a town is on the wane. This episode of the podcast looks at the forces that have led to an epidemic of shuttered small-town hospitals, and some things being tried to resuscitate rural health systems.

Jim McLean
Jim McLean is an editor and reporter for KCUR 89.3. He is the managing director of KCUR's Kansas News Service, a collaboration between KCUR and other public media stations across Kansas.