Thanks to the stellar reporting by Sarah Jane Tribble of Kaiser Health News, the closing of Fort Scotts Mercy Hospital and its effect on the town has been uniquely chronicled over the past year on National Public Radio.
Health care still exists in Fort Scott, but in a reduced format, Tribble writes. Instead of a full-fledged hospital it has a health clinic and an emergency room, each operated by different entities. Doctors arrange for babies to be delivered in Pittsburg, a 30-mile drive.
Repercussions from Mercys closing included the loss of a cancer center and dialysis services.