Take the AARP Smart Driver course and you could save on auto insurance! Sign up today.
by Susan Kreimer, From the AARP Bulletin Print Edition, March 1, 2011
You could call Ken Jackson a doc-of-all-trades. He treats Medicare patients, delivers babies and performs circumcisions, vasectomies and breast biopsies. But that's not all.
<p>Ken Jackson on the road.</p>
Once a month, the 62-year-old family physician drives 130 miles from Kingman, Ariz., to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, then rides a horse two hours to a Native American village deep in the canyon to provide prenatal care. During the winter, he travels by helicopter to reach the area. Twice a month he also provides prenatal care to another tribe closer to home.
"I love my work," he says. "It makes me feel worthy."
Because of Jackson's dedication to rural health care, Staff Care, a temporary staffing service for health care professionals, has named him 2010 Country Doctor of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding practitioners in communities of 30,000 or fewer residents. As the winner, he can take two weeks off while Staff Care offers complimentary physician coverage.
Of his busy practice, Jackson says, "We're rocking and rolling every day." So his trips to the canyon are a welcome change of pace.
Jackson says he has a special fondness for his older patients, who are "like extended family to me. I literally cherish those interactions."
Susan Kreimer writes about health and medicine.
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Enter address, city, state, or ZIP code.
Driver Safety (0)
Tax Aide (0)
Entertainment & Dining (0)
Healthcare & Insurance (0)
Financial Services & Insurance (0)
Member Local Offers (0)
Visit the AARP state page for information about events, news and resources near you.
Members save 15% on medical alert service.
This tool helps you identify your pills by color, shape and markings.
Members can take a free confidential hearing test by phone.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at