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$20.5 million was provided by Rice Hospital in commuity benefits in '10


WILLMAR -- The handwritten notes were short but heartfelt.

"I thank you from the bottom of my heart" for receiving help from the Rice trust fund to pay a hospital bill, one person wrote. "A serious weight lifted from my shoulders and I will surely pay it forward to others in life when I am able to do so!"

Someone else sent a letter that read, "My life is much better now knowing that my bill is paid at Rice Hospital."

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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