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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Doctor's dream is to help rural county's health issues

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BAMBERG, SC (WIS) - A local doctor has a big idea and it all has to do with a tract of land off Highway 301. It could help a lot of people with big health problems.

Dr. Monnie Singleton knows a lot about farming. He grew up in Bamberg County before heading to the University of Southern California for medical school. He came back to the county serve and says it's his calling.

"Rural populations miss out on a lot and often times rural areas miss out on the best of health services," Singleton said.

Singleton says his dream is on paper.

"Attracting organic farmers to come sell their produce and their meats at this location," Singleton said.

Many of Singleton's patients say they barely get out and actually have Vitamin D deficiencies from a lack of sunlight, so he is developing a Medi-Park -- a one stop health stop with a hub for people without transportation, an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor movie theater, a spa and, of course, a farmer's market.

"We're looking for a bowling alley. Just create those type of environments to get people out of their homes and off their couches and just enjoy their surrounding," Singleton said.

As much as Singleton says he loves taking care of his patients after their sick, he's now hoping to take care of them before they get sick.

"The vision, in the end, is about opportunity to live healthier lives," Singleton said.

The clearing of the lot has begun and Singleton is hoping to break ground in a couple of months. He's also hoping to have phase one finished in 15 to 18 months.

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