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During a presentation Friday at Douglas County Hospital (DCH), the facility was presented the “Partner in Trauma Excellence” award from Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). Pictured (left to right) are Dr. David Odland, DCH emergency department; Dr. Gary Paulson, DCH general surgeon; Dr. Art Ney, HCMC trauma surgeon; David Kjos, DCH Board chairman; and Carl Vaagenes, DCH CEO. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

Hospital is ‘excellent partner’ in trauma care

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Douglas County Hospital’s (DCH) emergency department provided care to 14,512 patients last year and on Friday, hospital staff was awarded for its excellence in trauma care.


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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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