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Law enforcement blotter: Thursday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 23
Rock legend Bobby Vee dies
Meet the new Pet of the Week: Cirkus (w/video)
Searcher finds missing 9-year-old: 'The look on her face was priceless'
Beautiful day for Applefest
Area volleyball: Section play getting under way
Blizzard hockey: Steel run past Alex
Blizzard hockey: Alex routs Rochester 8-0
8-5A Football: Cards to face winner of Spuds, Lumberjacks
5AA football: Osakis to face Benson in section quarterfinals
In Pursuit of a Dream is performed across the area
The Bible: More reliable than any story in history
Celebrate the harvest with Applefest
Births - Oct. 21, 2016
Births - Oct. 14, 2016
Engaged - Schwab and Ronning
Engaged - Schmitz and Volesky
A memorable moose in Alaska
DNR Release: Lake Carlos State Park to offer snowshoe-lacing workshop
From the stand: Doe tagged on a perfect evening
Mike Frisch: Find the fish first
Lake Miltona hosting pro musky world championship
Daniel Curtis Larson
Lorraine M. Essler
Allan D. Olk
Eunice Mae Lydia Backlund
LETTER: Kulp shows strength, determination
LETTER: Sen. Westrom listens to constituents
LETTER: Westrom willing to 'go to the mat'
LETTER: Vote for growth and opportunity
IT'S OUR TURN: What does asthma feel like?
How to manage box elder bugs
2017 Minnesota Gardening calendars are now available
Wheat council seeks candidates for board of directors
Five ways to protect your garden from deer
Crops benefit from proper application of livestock manure
LAPW announces 2016 Employers of the Year
Alexandria among cheapest cities for car insurance
FAST adds large robotic welder to Glenwood facility
Alexandria credit unions team up to volunteer
Chamber Ambassadors visit three businesses
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