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Health Enterprise Zones to Help Midshore Counties

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Dorchester and Caroline counties are two places with major health needs and now the state of Maryland wants to add 18 new health care providers and create a mobile mental health crisis team there.

Registered nurse George Trout said that is a good start to fixing these counties problems.

"Eighteen providers would be beneficial, especially if they are in the lines of medical practice that are needed like family and general practitioners," he said. "And as far as the mental health it's limited on the Eastern Shore and there is a lot of mental health issues here and it's always a need."

Dorchester General Hospital is heavily relied on and often packed, which is why some say adding providers to the county would be a big improvement.

Dawn Kimble of Cambridge said the hospitals and doctors' offices are always packed. She's had plenty of frustrating experiences just trying to schedule an appointment.

"Sometimes it's hard to get in, if you have a sick kid you have two or three days and sometimes weeks before you can get an appointment," said Kimble.

Patricia Wongus is appreciative of the services Dorchester Coutny provides but says more help is needed. 

"Most of the time if it's anything major we have to go to Easton, we would like to have it here," said Wongus.

Adding more providers across the county will make it quicker and more convenient for those who live along the outskirts of Dorchester and Caroline counties.

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