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S2 Episode 4: Ailing Rural Health Care

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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.

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Jim McLean is a political correspondent for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration based at KCUR with other public media stations across Kansas. You can email him at jim@kcur.org.
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