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Independence Healthcare Center Replaces Former Hospital

The new $8 million Independence Healthcare Center, operates as an extension of Labette Health, a regional hospital in nearby Parsons. The center will serve Independence, a town of about 8,800 people that has been without a hospital for about two years. (photo credit: Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)

Two years ago, the southeast Kansas town of Independence was rocked by the closure of its hospital. To fill the void, people there worked with a neighboring town to build something that could serve as a model for other rural communities struggling to keep health care services. Jim McLean from the Kansas News Service traveled to Independence last weekend, as the town celebrated the opening of a new clinic. 

Kansas News Service is a collaboration covering health, education, and politics across the state.

Jim McLean reports:

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