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A first in Minnesota, Mahnomen hospital shutters inpatient beds to survive

One of Minnesota's smallest hospitals is eliminating inpatient care and converting to a rural emergency center, a move designed to keep its doors open amid financial struggles.

Mahnomen Health Center notified the state earlier this month of plans to close the hospital's inpatient unit and only operate an emergency room to stabilize and observe patients.

"It was a way to assure health care into the future for our community," said Dale Kruger, the hospital's administrator.


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