The Patience Health Clinic is the sole medical facility within the town of Patience. As such, nearly every resident of the town steps foot in it at some point in their life. Dr. Sam Hodges was the chief and sole physician of the clinic, the "town doctor," with at least two nurses working underneath him: Asta Twelvetrees and Ellen. When Hodges dies unexpectedly, Harry Vanderspeigle is summoned to the clinic as the only other doctor in the area in order to perform the autopsy. Unknown to anyone else, Vanderspeigle is an alien with a mission to destroy all humans. After performing the autopsy, Vanderspeigle agrees to remain as the temporary new town doctor and remains on until a more permanent replacement, Dr. Ethan Stone, is found by Mayor Ben Hawthorne.