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February 16, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(7):580. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970420062020

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To the Editor:—  Thanks to the initiative, grit, and perseverance of local citizens, the beautiful, up-to-date Jefferson County Memorial Hospital functions in a remote village. The inhabitants of this sparsely settled county in the northeastern part of Kansas became concerned in 1946 over the fact that, while they enjoy most of the amenities of modern living, adequate provision for their sick was lacking. They methodically set about building a hospital that would attract the needed physicians to their midst. There was not a single town of much size in the county. Little Winchester, which had fewer than 400 residents, thought one of the slightly larger towns would go ahead, but that town delayed, so Winchester went to work on the community project.From the inception of the movement to the attainment of their goal, the townspeople worked ceaselessly to get funds and to spend them wisely. They made no tax

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