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Flaig to retire from hospital

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news Alexandria, 56308
Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

Long-time Douglas County Hospital Administrator Bill Flaig announced at the May hospital board meeting that he plans to retire in August 2011.

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Flaig came back to his home town of Alexandria in December 1973 at the age of 24 as assistant hospital administrator.

In 1983, Flaig was appointed administrator and has held that leadership position since then.

Upon retirement, Flaig will have more than 37 years of service at the hospital.

Flaig said he's been extremely fortunate to live and work in such "a tremendous community and with so many wonderful people."

He emphasized that it is people who make a difference in a hospital organization and Douglas County Hospital has been successful because of the dedication of the hospital employees, physicians, board and community.

"Together, we have built a strong hospital organization," Flaig said. "In many ways, this is an ideal time for me to retire, both personally and professionally, and from a financial and facility standpoint, the hospital is probably in the best position it has ever been."

Douglas County Hospital, which was recently designated as a level 3 trauma center, was named one of the "top 100" small community hospitals in the U.S. in 2008.

It is in the midst of a $31 million, three-story expansion that's scheduled to be completed this summer.

The hospital board has developed a leadership succession and transition plan and has appointed a search committee to begin the recruitment process.

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