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History Complicating Efforts to Preserve Health Care in Kansas County

Community hospital in Harper, Kansas (Photo by Bryan Thompson)

People who live in small towns across Kansas are struggling to save institutions that in their minds define their communities. Schools are often at the heart of these efforts. But recent changes in the health care system are making it increasingly difficult for rural hospitals to make ends meet. That’s true of both hospitals in Harper County, located along the Oklahoma border southwest of Wichita. And as Heartland Health Monitor's Bryan Thompson reports, a longstanding rivalry is complicating efforts to find a solution.

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Heartland Health Monitor is a collaborative health reporting project among public media news outlets in the Midwest, including Kansas Public Radio, KCUR Radio, KCPT TV and the KHI News Service.

History Complicating Efforts to Preserve Health Care in Kansas County


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