The Jaycees of New England helped raise money to build a clinic in their town.Published July 5, 2013
The Jaycees of New England helped raise money to build a clinic in their town. They were not able to raise quite enough money. The city of New England paid off the bank loan and took over the clinic. After Dr. Fua left the community, the clinic was without coverage by a physician.
In 1968, Mr. William Striebel, a New England resident, realized the need for a local physician and spoke with a group of concerned community members: Emil Zueger, pharmacist; Chris Tarpo, the mayor; and Ronald Schoch. He recommended that they contact the physicians in Hettinger to see if they would consider offering medical services to New England. Hettinger physicians were interested in reaching out to their neighbors and New England became an outreach clinic in 1969. Drs. Jacobsen, Sailer and Lorentzen were the first to come to New England.
All of these activities took place about the time that Sputnik landed on the moon. The term “satellite clinic” was coined by Drs. Mattson, Sailer and Jacobsen in the late 1960’s and is still used today in reference to travels to provide medical care.