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Report shows gains for Rice Memorial despite challenging financial climate


WILLMAR -- As recently as five years ago, Rice Memorial Hospital had an inpatient census averaging in the high 40s.

Then the numbers started to drop: 46 ... 44 ... 38 ... 34. Dealing with the steady decline in inpatient numbers has been one of the city-owned hospital's biggest challenges these past few years. It has led to a leaner operation, with less staff and tighter internal efficiencies.

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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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