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Letter: Closing of mental health unit is broken promise

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Citing low census, Sanford Health System will be closing the mental health unit at SRHW effective July 1, 2010.

When that system purchased our municipal hospital two years ago, we were promised improved and expanded health care services. Closing an Unit does not fit the definition of improving and expanding health care services locally.

I have several friends that work at SRHW who have been telling me that census on the first floor have been very low for the past few months. Will this mean that another "tough decision" is in the pipeline? Will we be "transitioning" our first-floor patients to Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls in the future? What will be the next promise to be broken?

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