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Medical center creates case and tour for baby delivery


Wheatie Desautel, a CMC nurse and member of the Colville Tribes, acts as a tour bus guide as the hospital takes policy influencers on a tour of the reservation. - Scott Hunter photo

It's not easy for most people in policy-making positions far away to appreciate what the word "rural" actually means. That's a problem when it could mean life or death.

That's a point people with Coulee Medical Center's obstetrics program tried to make last week with a regional bus ride and presentation aimed at those who can influence policies that can either make it possible or impossible for the hospital to continue delivering babies.

Leaders at the hospital fee strongly that stopping that service would endanger lives in the local area, especially given the high mortality experience for...

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