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Tonasket: Assisted living closure spurs challenges to hospital board

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TONASKET — A decision by North Valley Hospital commissioners in January to close its assisted living facility has put two incumbent candidates in the hot seat on Nov. 5.

Dick Larson and Lael Duncan acknowledge that closing the facility and asking 27 seniors to move was unpopular. But, they say, after losing some $800,000 in seven years due low Medicaid reimbursements, the facility had to be closed to save the financially-struggling public hospital.

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