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Rice delays awarding of bids for new addition at care center


WILLMAR -- Rice Me-morial Hospital's board of directors was set to award bids Wednesday for a $3 million addition to the Rice Care Center.

But when bids were opened last week, the total came in about $400,000 higher than the construction estimate.

Hospital officials, the bidders, the project architect and the construction manager are now negotiating to try to bring that number down, Mike Schramm, the chief executive at Rice Hospital, told the board.

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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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