Dr. Linda Warren: My name is Linda Warren and I'm a family physician and live in Hanover, Kansas. Uh, in, that's in north central Kansas almos the Nebraska border. I practive family medicine, uh, in a clinic in the Hanover hospital. I practice with my husband, Roger Warren, who is also a physician. He's a general surgeon.
We have a population of under 700. We have one filling station, one bank, one pharmacy, one grocery store… it's the home of the only still existing pony-express station in the United States… we have the hospital, where my husband and I practice, which is the largest employer in the town, we have a 50-bed hospital, with, approximately 75 employees.
I work with my husband every day. We kind of have a "mom and pop" event, every day. Uh, he's a, he's a physician, he's a general surgeon… he, um, practices in the same office I do, we go to the operating room together… he does surgery, I do the anesthesia, we see patients in the same office, adjacent examination rooms, and then he'll… you know, knock on my door and… ask me to come in and consult on a patient, and I do his.
And it's… it's worked. For some people, they think: My god, how can you possibly stand to be together that many hours. But it really, really has worked. We were married in 1970, I went into practice in '71, and you know, here it is 2004.
The farm where we live now we farm, um, primarily wheat. My husband started building a runway so that we could have our plane in close access to our house. we've used our airplane in our practice -- on occasion, for us to fly patients into Kansas City.
I think that, um… when patients come to us, patients consider themselves Dr. Linda's patient or Dr. Roger's patient… in a way. But they also consider themselves Roger and Linda's patients.
Dr. Roger Warren: We've chosen to be in rural Kansas because it gives us a chance to practice together and it also gives us a chance to have along term relationship with the people who have come to be our friends (smile).
Lona Dittmar, Patient: Dr. Linda and Roger are members of the community first. They're, they've raised their children here with our children. And, so they're an ongoing constant part of our lives.
Dr. Linda Warren: … being my patient's advocate means really going to the mat to do whatever has to be done, to see that my patient gets the care that they need.
Lona Dittmar: They told me that I needed to have surgery, they came into the room and consulted and said, "Now, uh, is there anything that you're worried about?" And I sincerely meant what I said, "No I'm not going to worry about it because Linda will worry enough for both of us."
Dr. Linda Warren: ...Nothing can change the beauty of the physician/patient relationship, and the joy of really making a difference in someone's life, and... that really is what it's about.