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Hospital in drug-ravaged Appalachia provides hope and jobs

JELLICO, Tenn.—Rebecca Jarboe, expecting her third child, began what turned out to be a difficult labor on Valentine’s Day. A snowstorm blanketed the 14 miles of mountain roads that separated her home from the nearest hospital.Her husband wanted to drive her to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. But that would have been a 70-mile journey over Jellico Mountain, which they rejected given the weather and her condition. Instead, the couple called their family physicians, Drs. Geogy Thomas and Daniel Yoder, who drove from their homes down icy roads to meet them at 54-bed Jellico Community Hospital.

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