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For the Record - Dec. 7, 2016
Giving back to Jingle Bells
Sex industry survivor: 'I still feel filthy'
ATCC adds retail management
Sports schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 6 (Updated with postponements)
Cardinals wrestling starts season with tourneys
Cards run past Moorhead in opener
Girls basketball: Cards drop first game against state-ranked Centennial
Sports roundup from Saturday, Dec. 3
Giving new things a try
Event restores hope during the holidays
Empty Chair Gala to benefit REACH program
50 gigs in 50 states
Search for Miss Teen Douglas County announced
Wedding - Steinhagen and Sperl
Wedding - Cunningham and Thielke
Births - Nov. 25, 2016
Wedding - Carlson and Klohn
Births - Nov. 18, 2016
From the stand: A good way to end it
Applications open for spring turkey's first two seasons
Morken: Some "hunters" don't represent hunting
Bucks on the ground
Morken: Run in circles by a giant
Christian "Christy" Lorsung
Ann C. Ebsen
EDITORIAL: Many families are a hiccup away from disaster
LETTER: The theater, a place for progressive thought
LETTER: Theater has always been a place for social commentary
IN THE KNOW: It's Christmastime in the city
FROM THE ARCHIVES - 1966: 17th annual Jingle Bells has 15 performers
Winter grazing of cover crops is subject of workshop
2016 University of Minnesota Top 10 performing annuals
Weak farm economy adds twists to rental negotiations
Producers encouraged to consider FSA options
Applications available for Conservation Stewardship Program
Making a new home
Alex Carpet One supports Building for America's Bravest
Knute Nelson Hospice delivers veteran-centric care
ATCC, area businesses host annual tour days
Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale to close at year's end
hires and promotions
On The Street
October 5, 2016
Hospital breaks ground on expansion project
The Douglas County Hospital is expanding once again. This time, the expansion — at a cost of about $15 million — will take place within the hospital's surgery center. Groundbreaking on the project took place last Friday, Sept. 30.
October 5, 2016 - 12:00am
August 31, 2016
IN THE KNOW: Opioids carry serious risk of harm
It comes as no surprise that opioid use is on the rise and the phrase epidemic oftentimes accompanies it. Very few people knowingly decide to get addicted to opioids but no matter the cause of the addiction, the outcomes can be devastating. While prescription opioids can be a safe...
August 31, 2016 - 12:00am
August 24, 2016
Douglas County Hospital gets 'blue ribbon' for vaccination effort
The Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria earned a "blue ribbon," the highest award given, from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for its efforts to vaccinate its health care workers against the flu. It's part of MDH's "FluSafe" program, which celebrated its sixth year. This...
August 24, 2016 - 4:08pm
July 8, 2016
Douglas County Hospital stays with county
Without much discussion at Tuesday's Douglas County board meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to keep Douglas County Hospital (DCH) as a county-owned hospital instead of changing it over to a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. The vote was more a formality, as the "real"...
July 8, 2016 - 12:00am
May 6, 2016
Hospital gets healthy financial check up
Douglas County Hospital (DCH) was financially healthy in 2015, according to an audit presented last week. The hospital's total operating revenue for 2015 was $140.5 million and total operating expenses were $130.3 million. The hospital reported an operating income of approximately...
May 6, 2016 - 12:00am
March 4, 2016
Alex Clinic moves OB/GYN services to hospital (w/video interview)
Douglas County Hospital (DCH) and Alexandria Clinic have created a unique partnership for obstetrics and gynecology care in the community. As...
March 4, 2016 - 8:26am
March 2, 2016
Three 'adverse events' reported at hospital
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released its annual Adverse Health Events report to continually focus on improving patient safety statewide. A total of 316 adverse events were reported in Minnesota from October 2014 to October 2015 — things like medication errors, pressure...
March 2, 2016 - 12:00am
November 6, 2015
St. Cloud Hospital's Medicare status is restored
An “immediate jeopardy” status for the Medicare program was removed from St. Cloud Hospital at 11 a.m. today, Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) accepted the action steps that were taken in recent days and returned the hospital to its normal status as a participant...
November 6, 2015 - 1:54pm
September 12, 2014
Hospital's Medicare agreement with state stays intact
A survey by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) last week confirmed that Douglas County Hospital (DCH) meets the Medicare program requirements through the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS). As reported in last week’s Echo Press, the survey followed a recent patient...
September 12, 2014 - 12:00am
September 5, 2014
Hospital's Medicare agreement survives scare
Douglas County Hospital underwent a two and a half day survey with the Minnesota Department of Health this week and received a verbal report that the hospital’s Medicare agreement will not be terminated. The hospital is in compliance with the Medicare conditions of participation...
September 5, 2014 - 12:00am
Douglas County Hospital August 26 Girl, Casandra Monta and Cody Westphal, Brandon Boy, Tawnya Barsness and Jeremy Kellen, Brandon Girl, Ashley and Kyle Nieland, Garfield Boy, Alexandria and Jeremy Fischer, Fergus Falls August 28 Girl, Danielle and Kyle Thompson, Alexandria August...
September 5, 2014 - 12:00am
August 15, 2014
New helicopter lands at Glacial Ridge Hospital
Life Link III touched down in a new helicopter recently at Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood to train with Glacial Ridge Ambulance staff. The...
August 15, 2014 - 12:00am
August 8, 2014
Alexandria native returns to join county hospital
In what will be his first civilian practice, Alexandria native Dr. Dustin Lorentz will bring the spirit of teamwork and camaraderie he learned in the Navy to Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. Lorentz has a special interest in hospitalist medicine, obesity and diabetes. He looks...
Business/Hires and Promotions
August 8, 2014 - 12:00am
June 5, 2014
Audit shows hospital financially fit in 2013
Douglas County Hospital (DCH) was financially healthy in 2013, according to an audit presented last week. The hospital’s total operating...
June 5, 2014 - 6:26am
August 30, 2013
Your legal rights: Know your hospital status
When you are admitted to a hospital, it is only natural to believe that you have been admitted as a regular patient, or an inpatient, to that hospital. Yet, a concept known as observation status can affect the amount you pay if you are on Medicare. Observation status is a term sometimes...
August 30, 2013 - 9:13am