The 2013 Country Doctor of the Year winner is right out of central casting for the Hallmark Channel.
Robert Bosl, MD, a decorated combat medic during the Vietnam War, has for the past 33 years served about 2,500 patients around the town of Starbuck, MN, which he describes as a real-life Lake Wobegon. According to Staff Care, Bosl, 66, a family physician, gets up at 5 a.m. every day to round his patients at Stevens Community Medical Center 20 miles away. He is usually on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day and provides a range of care, from obstetrics to geriatrics, making house calls during winters in a car with over 200,000 miles.
When the Starbuck hospital shuttered in 2005, Bosl took out a personal loan on his house and invested his life savings to build a modern clinic so that Starbuck's citizens would continue to have local care.
Did you get that? It bears repeating. When the hospital closed, he built a clinic to provide care for Starbuck's citizens, many of whom are elderly and on Medicare.
"I am kind of a dinosaur. I am not a saint but I might be something of a martyr," he says with a chuckle. "I was on call over the Thanksgiving weekend. I delivered a baby. I did a D&C. I did a colonoscopy. I did an appendectomy. I saw all sorts of extra patients just by being on call. It is something that all needed to get done. After the weekend you take a deep breath and say, 'Oomph! There must have been a full moon out.' But you just go on and it's one patient at a time, and whatever needs to get done gets done."