Patient volume creates challenges for Stonewall Memorial

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By Jeff Hurt

Hospital District Administrator Andy Kolb, along with a number of medical staff, spoke to the board of trustees last week about how an increasing number of patients seeking care is creating scheduling strains, and the nature of care being sought is causing concern.

Kolb used the Stonewall Rural Health Clinic as an example, saying that on a typical week, they may see 45 to 50 patients. However, in the week prior to the meeting, the clinic had closer to 80 patients. Additionally, where they would normally have around 90 outpatient labs, during that same week they had 196 by Thursday.

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