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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.

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

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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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