Hospital staff gets time off for mission work
The hospital had lost the last doctor in a succession of those who came to the remote Kansas town and left again. A sole physician assistant kept watch over the 24-bed facility and its adjacent nursing home. Then officials at the Ashland Health Center, seeking to reverse the drain of talent symptomatic of what happens across rural America, embraced an unorthodox approach to bring doctors back. All employees, from maintenance people to physicians, get eight paid weeks off each year that they can use to do missionary work in other countries.