Family Practitioner Honored for Post-Disaster Care
That trailer has been the status quo for the past five months, where they've seen patients "from 2 to 92," says Morrow, treating everything from broken bones and cuts immediately after the tornado to chest colds and early pneumonia. For patients who can't climb the trailer's steps, Morrow does "car calls," seeing people right in their cars.
"A country practice is different, so you do what you have to do, what you need to do," he says.
Morrow says his newly rebuilt clinic should be operational by the beginning of the new year. Although five months in the trailer hasn't been easy, it's a small price to pay for having survived the devastation.
"Everybody here either had friends or family that were somehow affected by the tornado," he says. "Everybody's been amazingly patient. I think we're just all so glad to be alive."
Morrow is also in the process of starting a nonprofit organization that will raise money and provide support to help medical clinics operate and rebuild after natural disasters.
The 55-year-old Morrow admits that "for about three seconds" he considered using the insurance money to reopen a smaller practice, maybe slow down a little bit.
"But then you look around and that's not the right thing for me to do," he says. "This is where I belong."
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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