‘No Mercy’ Chapter 2: Unimaginable, After a Century, That Their Hospital Would Close

[protected-iframe id="8a5ecd7b35ac16ef1fd0a551d334971d" height="210" width="100%" /] Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen. [khn_slabs slabs="1171202" view="pull-right" /] Closing a hospital hurts. In Fort Scott, Kansas, no one was a bigger symbol for that loss — or bigger target for the town’s anger — than hospital president Reta Baker. Baker was at the helm when the hospital doors closed. “I don’t even like going out in the community anymore, because I get confronted all the time,” Baker said. “Someone confronted me at Walmart. You know — ‘How could you let this happen?’” The closure put Baker at bitter odds with Cit...

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