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Texas is facing a major shortage of doctors, reports WFAA.

In fact, the Lone Star State ranks 47th among all states when it comes to having enough doctors to successfully treat its populace. The numbers come courtesy of a new report from the American Association of medical colleges.

When it comes to having a high ratio of doctors to citizens, the State of Texas ranks near the bottom. In fact, as The Dallas Morning News reports, 43 states have a higher proportion of primary care physicians to residents than Texas.

Dodge City Medical Center (DCMC ) will join clinics in Garden City and Ulysses as a partner of Colorado-based Centura Health.

A growing number of health care providers are recognizing the importance of incorporating spiritual care in medicine.

As The Huffington Post reports, health care professionals are often trained to disregard spirituality and religion when dealing with patients.

Dr. Christina Puchalski is one of a growing number of medical providers bucking that trend.

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In Colorado, there’s no way for hospitals and care centers to know if the doctor they hire has a criminal record. That is, the doctor or nurse is expected to personally divulge the information. Otherwise, no background check requirement is in place.

This sets Colorado apart from most other states, reports The Denver Post. In fact, 45 of the 50 state medical boards require criminal background checks to license a caregiver.