Dr. Michael Salvana started to appreciate what sort of physician he wished to be on the third ground of a Put up Workplace constructing in Cairo, Illinois. Recent out of medical college in 1989, Salvana was stationed within the dilapidated metropolis on the state’s southernmost tip via the Nationwide Well being Service Corps, which footed the invoice for his schooling. On the intersection of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, builders had way back eyed Cairo as the following massive port city, however the metropolis had been steadily deserted by residents and authorities sources alike, abandoning shuttered factories and boarded-up blocks.
By the point Salvana arrived, the one hospital on the town was closed and vacant, so a group clinic arrange store above the Put up Workplace. Salvana’s sufferers had been a few of the metropolis’s poorest remaining residents, with advanced medical points that echoed the years of segregation, failures of native governance and blight left behind.
Greater than 20 years later, Salvana was treating a equally uncared for inhabitants of sufferers, in one other city with a borrowed title from a far-off metropolis: Rome, New York. There, Salvana turned the director of the Walsh Regional Medical Unit (RMU), housed in a medium safety males’s jail and residential to a few of the state’s chronically unwell prisoners.