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      Hospital in Dickinson County seeks partner

      The Dickinson County Health Care System and county representatives are seeking a regional health partner. The health care system is seeing some declining payments from Medicare and Medicaid and other financial challenges which are prompting them to request a partner.

      The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners formed an advisory committee to strategize and utilize a consultant to help with proposals. â??There are certain things on the path to partner or to a new structure that they're going to need County Board of Commission approval for,â?? said County Controller, Nicole Frost. â??Basically, they came to them at this point at the very initial start of things to see if the county board was in support of their going forth in this way,â?? Frost said. The entire process could take anywhere from six months to a year to finish.