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Ashland Physician Lives a Focused Life of Missions Work

Inserted ImageThough some may live to work, others work to live. For Brianne Clark, DO, family physician for Ashland Health Center, hers is a focused life of living for missions work.  Her very childhood in southwest Kansas established early on the importance of serving others.

“Because we didn’t have much money growing up, I remember being given a choice at Christmas to either receive a gift, or give a gift to someone even less fortunate,” says Dr. Clark. “We didn’t have enough money to do both. But what it taught me was sacrificial giving and the benefits of caring for others.”  

At 11-years-old, Dr. Clark was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. With childhood innocence, she explained how she wanted to take care of kids, but not be a teacher or a babysitter.  Perhaps a seed was planted, as it was explained that she could become a doctor.  

During school, she developed an interest in the sciences, a seemingly natural progression towards her entering medicine. That’s precisely what she did. Dr. Clark attended a faith based residency program, enabling her to learn a broad spectrum of pediatrics, geriatrics and emergency services, preparing her to serve in both rural healthcare and international missions work.  

Though it is school that prepares them, caring truly comes from the heart. So the medical providers at Ashland Health Center are each given six to eight weeks a year to serve in missions work.  

Serving in Ashland helps Dr. Clark care for those overseas. Likewise, the medical missions enables her to be a better doctor when caring for the community of Ashland.  

Unlike major metropolitan cities, where physicians often specialize in emergency medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics or countless sub-specialties, many physicians in rural communities are trained to serve a wide variety of patients. A day is often spent handling a trauma case in the emergency room, a colicky baby in the clinic, a pneumonia patient in acute care and treating residents within the long-term care unit. With single providers handling such diverse cases, they are adept at psychosocial healthcare. For their work is much more than medicine, it is a holistic model of caring for the whole patient – treating mind, body and spirit. The very model of caring that lends itself to medical missions work.

“My focus is to serve,” says Dr. Clark. “I am always searching out how to care for others, with the faith to know I will be equipped for whatever that entails.”

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