Mercy’s lessons reflect shifting landscape

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October 4, 2019 - 5:58 PM

Krista Postai, executive director of the Pittsburg-based Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, and Jason Wesco, vice president of CHC/SEK, are in the Iola clinic lobby. CHC/SEK has clinics in 15 communities, including Iola.

One year ago this week Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott dropped a bombshell, announcing that after 132 years it would close its doors.

Some say the hospital’s demise began almost as soon as its new construction was completed in 2002.

“We were naïve,” said Dave Martin, Fort Scott city manager, as to the changing landscape of healthcare.

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