Small Town Doctors: The Search for Someone who Does it All

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Bigfork, Minn. — Dr. Heidi Korstad is standing in the two-bed emergency room at Bigfork Valley Hospital, describing in her rapid fire manner the health care system in this town of 450 people.

“Small communities are misrepresented sometimes,” says Korstad, a family practice doctor who runs emergency services for one of the most highly rated hospitals in the state. “Everybody thinks we’re treating ear aches and sore throats because we’re not the Mayo. Where do you think people around here go when they have a heart attack or major car accident or a stroke or cancer? They don’t go to the Mayo. They go to us. And we may pass them on for specialty care, but we have to take care of everything that walks in the door.”

It’s not easy to be always prepared  in a small town, Continue reading