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Hospital merges medical, surgical departments

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In the name of efficiency, and ultimately managing costs, Douglas County Hospital (DCH) will merge its medical and surgical departments on June 17.


"Throughout the organization, we believe the merger will help us meet our responsibility to our community as a healthcare provider and one of the area's economic drivers," said Carl Vaagenes, CEO of the hospital.

The push to merge medical and surgical floors stems from declining census, or fewer people admitted to the hospital.

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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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