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For the previous 15 years, there have been solely two household physicians in Greenfield, Mo., a city with 1,371 residents about 40 miles northwest of Springfield. One among them was Dr. Michael Bennett, who opened his follow, the Greenfield Medical Heart, in 2005.
He was a vigorous proponent of sporting masks and of social distancing throughout the coronavirus pandemic, although he confronted resistance to his calls from some townspeople, and he provided free Covid-19 testing to his sufferers with funding assist from the federal C.A.R.E.S. Act.
Dr. Bennet took precautions in treating contaminated sufferers however nonetheless examined optimistic for the coronavirus in late December. He was quickly hospitalized in St. Louis and spent 50 days linked to a ventilator and an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation), a machine that acts as a synthetic lung. He died of Covid-19 on March 6, his former spouse, Teresa Bennett, stated. He was 52.
Because the begin of the pandemic, Dade County, Mo., the place Greenfield is located, has recorded 715 optimistic assessments and 31 deaths, a lot of the fatalities nursing house residents, in keeping with Pamela Cramer, the administrator of the county health department. “It’s actually hit us, however not as laborious as different areas,” she stated on Wednesday.
Nationwide, 452,706 well being care employees have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, and 1,505 have died as of March 26, in keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.
Michael Keith Bennett was born on Feb. 15, 1969, in New London, Mo., within the northeast a part of the state. His father, Bob, was a farmer; his mom, Meredith (Arnold) Bennett, most lately helped handle her son’s clinic.
A head damage from a automotive accident when he was in highschool modified Dr. Bennett’s profession path.
“He was harm fairly badly, and through that keep within the hospital he determined he needed to be a health care provider,” Ms. Bennett stated by telephone. “He was into auto mechanics earlier than that.”
After incomes a bachelor’s diploma in biology from the College of Missouri in Columbia, he acquired his medical diploma from its medical faculty. And after ending his residency at Cox Medical Heart South in Springfield, he labored at St John’s Hospital in close by Willard, Mo.
Along with his medical follow, which has been shuttered, Dr. Bennett had a 500-acre farm with beef cattle, and he loved fishing and searching.
“I feel one of many causes his sufferers liked him is he was an excellent outdated boy,” stated Ms. Bennett, who managed her former husband’s follow till 2012, after they divorced.
Along with his mother and father, he’s survived by his son, Austin; his daughter, Shelby Bennett; his sister, Veronica Bennett; his brother, Damon; and his girlfriend, Haley Hendrixson.
Dr. Bennett labored carefully with Ms. Cramer, the county official, and urged to her final yr that the city undertake a mask-wearing mandate after a number of Covid-related nursing house deaths. However the concept didn’t advance.
After studying that Dr. Bennett had examined optimistic for Covid-19, Ms. Cramer tried to remain involved. In his closing textual content to her from the hospital, on Jan. 8, he wrote: “I’m hanging in there. Will keep in contact.”