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Published December 11, 2009, 05:06 PM

Towner County Medical Center Millions In Debt

Towner County Medical Center in Cando is millions of dollars in debt, and is turning to the community for help.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

It's not always easy to provide health care in rural areas. Towner County Medical Center in Cando is millions of dollars in debt, and is turning to the community for help.

David Wolsky: "Health care in rural North Dakota is a challenge."

It can be such a challenge that medical centers like Towner County Medical Center are in debt...7 million dollars in debt.

Jac McTaggart: "We're meeting with certain individuals in our community. We have a mailing that went out to every household in Towner County."

So far the medical center has raised more than $200,000 and hopes to raise $500,000 by January 1. Although in the past it only asked for community support for certain projects, administrators say this will need to be ongoing.

David Wolsky: "The community needs to continue to support it each and every way that they can."

McTaggart says the medical center has more than 7 million dollars worth of debt that's been building up over the years, and that a lot of that comes from building upkeep.

Jac McTaggart: "Keeping and expanding our services and making sure we have the quality buildings, the quality services."

The medical center has already been cutting back by reducing or freezing salaries. The cutbacks have saved over $300,000.

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