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No formal action has been taken, but there is potential for a merger between Douglas County Hospital and Alexandria Clinic.

According to Douglas County Hospital CEO Carl Vaagenes, "Our negotiations have been positive, productive and we are working from a common set of goals and values."


In 2009, informal discussion of a merger initially started among Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria Clinic, Heartland Orthopedics and Broadway Medical Center.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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