BLOOMINGTON – A long line of cars snaked its way through the parking lot of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church as volunteers loaded truck beds and back seats with groceries.
The U.S. health care system is broken for most people. The U.S. spends more on health care than any other wealthy nation, yet medical expenses are a greater burden for most American citizens. Amid this complicated system, rural areas are often hit hardest. Rural Americans tend to be older, sicker, and are more likely to lack insurance. They often live miles from the nearest health-care provider and are forced to commute to major metro areas to get life-saving care. Rural hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open and to recruit enough physicians and nurses to keep their communities healthy. Our special series, "Rural Rx," produced with the support of Report for America, examines the challenges and solutions to maintaining a healthy population in the Crossroads..
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In the last few weeks before Richard DiSilvestro died, workers with Crown Hospice brought a hospital bed to his home so he could be more comfortable.
In the northwest part of Victoria County, there is a stretch of land near the Guadalupe River that has belonged to the Coffey family for generations.
Ten years ago, Memorial Medical Center in Port Lavaca provided about $2 million worth of free health care to people who were too poor to pay their medical bills.
One of the best things about David Frankson’s new apartment is the drip coffee maker that sits by his sink.
A team of investigators is probing the opioid crisis in the Crossroads as part of a $200,000 grant from the federal government.
In 1975, when Saigon was captured by North Vietnamese forces, Peter Nguyen and his family desperately boarded their family’s fishing boat as bombs exploded in the city around them.
When Amanda Rodriguez’s son should have been celebrating his first birthday, his family gathered at the Port Lavaca cemetery with balloons. They sang “Happy Birthday” to baby Ivan while standing next to his grave, where he was buried shortly after he was born.
Victoria County could soon be home to a drug court or drug diversion program that would provide an alternate path for addicts facing criminal charges instead of the traditional criminal justice system.
Gulf Bend’s affordable housing complex for adults with mental health conditions needs new funding sources to stay open, the center’s leaders said.
Dr. Paul Bunnell knocks lightly on a hospital room door and enters slowly to visit with a patient during his morning rounds. Though this is a daily routine for him, his care is sincere and personalized. His voice is soft and calm, his questions genuine. He gently taps the knee of his patient…
One in four women will have a miscarriage. Despite this being fairly common, women who experience them can often feel alone in their grief.
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In my second year reporting for the Advocate, I’ll be focusing my reporting on rural public health stories.
We’re proud to be heading into our second year with Report for America. It is a tremendous honor for the Victoria Advocate to be part of this exciting new vision for sustaining local journalism.