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Slayton, Minn. concerned for county hospital

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People in Slayton, Minn. are concerned for their hospital.

This all started about a year ago when a doctor left town.

Now more doctors have left and that leaves few options for people in town.

And now the CEO of the hospital resigned.

People we spoke with in Slayton are frustrated with the leadership at their county hospital.

They say nearly half of their doctors and many nurses have left town in the past year.

And that has them concerned for the well-being of their community.

It was standing room only in the Murray County Central High School auditorium Tuesday night.

Most of the community showed up to voice concerns over Murray County Medical Center.

"This has completely destroyed our community it has broken families and has broken friendships. Our facility is probably the biggest employer in town. We have wonderful staff that had been there for years and years and years," said Stacy Slettum.

Until three weeks ago Slettum was a family nurse practitioner for 11 years at MCMC.

"This makes five of us and that resigned in the past 14 months due to all the changes that have been happening there," she said.

And now the community is upset.

"A lot of people have a lot of good friends work there and it's just a very devastating thing that's going on and we need to get the problem sorted out," said former Slayton Mayor Cal Wurpts.

He said MCMC is the biggest employer in town.

And he came to the meeting to voice his concerns.

"Were seriously worried about the financial stability of the hospital over the next few years, whether it'll be able to survive the losses," Wurpts added.

Kent Johansen works in town and was also at the meeting.

He too hopes the board will get better leadership.

"I just hope that they'll begin to trust the people and we can start to trust them and they make decisions that are prudent and fiscally responsible," said Johansen.

This is a discussion that has been going on for more than a year in Slayton.

At Tuesday night's meeting, the hospital board and county commissioners were answering people's questions.

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