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Hospital educates congressman

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CMC's chief executive, Ramona Hicks, center, points to power lines outside the window to illustrate the point to Rep. Dan Newhouse, right, that although the area, and the hospital, contribute much to the greater region's economy, the normal ways infrastructure is supported don't apply here, just as there is no way known to tap funds from power sales to help support the community that produces the power. CFO Kelly Hughes is at left. - Jacob Wagner photo

Congressman Dan Newhouse, who represents Washington's 4th District, visited Coulee Medical Center Aug. 29 to discuss issues with rural hospitals, particularly in relation to obstetrical services.

Newhouse, joined by staff member Liz Daniels, sat down to lunch from the Fusion Café with CMC staff at the hospital and watched a presentation by Beth Goetz, the obstetrical nurse manager at CMC.

Goetz presented statistics related to rural area infant mortality compared to urban, maternal mortality, and more, to which Newhouse listened attentively and asked questions.

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