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Where are all the patients? Inpatient care down at Rice, outpatient up

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WILLMAR -- There used to be a time when Rice Memorial Hospital had 60 or more patients occupying beds on a daily basis.

Then the number slid to 50, then to 40.

Inpatient volume has dropped sharply again in the past couple of months, and hospital officials are beginning to suspect this might be permanent.

Patient admissions are 10 to 12 percent lower than they were a year ago, said Bill Fenske, the hospital's chief financial officer.

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Anne Polta

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

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