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Vaagenes receives hospital award

Carl Vaagenes, CEO of Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, has been recognized for his work advocating for the hospital in the community.

He received the Grassroots Champion Award from The American Hospital Association, given to

hospital leaders who most effectively inform elected officials about major issues affecting the hospital, who have done an exemplary job in broadening the hospital's base of community support and who tirelessly advocate for hospitals and their patients.

Vaagenes joined Douglas County Hospital as CEO in 2011 and is a long time active member of the Minnesota Hospital Association.