Dr. Robert Bösl, the small-town doctor hailing from the modest Minnesota community of Starbuck — and Staff Care's 2013 Country Doctor of the Year — is the focus of "Small Town Doctors," a new video produced by the University of Minnesota.
Praising Dr. Bösl for embodying the "spirit, skill and dedication" of the American small-town doctor, the video explores Dr. Bösl's relationship with the members of the community where he provides care. (Spoiler alert: They love him.)
"Thirteen years ago, approximately, we lost our hospital in town," explains Lyle Katzenmeyer, the town's retired high school principal. "Doc invested his own money ... out of his pocket to build this place. If it didn't float, you know, he was going to be out that money.
On top of his efforts to keep the local clinic functioning, Dr. Bösl proceeded to hire back the staff of the recently closed hospital, thereby helping to ensure that not only would Starbuck residents continue to receive quality care, but that local healthcare workers would also continue to have a place to work.
"I mean, these people love him," Katzenmeyer adds. "I don't think there's anyone in town who doesn't have a tremendous respect for the man."
For his part, Dr. Bösl — simply called "Doc" by local residents — describes the honor of being named Country Doctor of the Year as "somewhat humbling." You can check out the video on YouTube, or watch it below. Read more about Dr. Bösl, Staff Care's 2013 Country Doctor of the Year, here.
Do you know an outstanding physician working in a rural setting? Please take a moment to nominate him or her for next year's Staff Care Country Doctor of the Year Award.