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THE RACE TO SAVE RURAL HOSPITALS

May 05, 2019 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

madelia, minn. - The prognosis for Madelia Community Hospital has been grim for some years now. Births are no longer scheduled here. Inpatient admissions have fallen to barely 100 per year. And the costs of patching together a medical staff have turned the hospital into a perennial money-loser.

Yet its new administrator is optimistic. The community-run hospital is hiring practitioners, expanding surgery capacity, extending urgent care hours, and even adding specialties such as radio-freque...