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Published July 31, 2012, 09:16 AM

Williston hospital CEO wants training center there

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The head of Williston's hospital says North Dakota should establish a center in that city to train health care professionals.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The head of Williston's hospital says North Dakota should establish a center in that city to train health care professionals.

Mercy Medical Center CEO Matt Grimshaw told a group of state legislators Monday that he thinks developing home-grown health professionals is the long-term solution to meeting health care needs in the western oil patch.

The Forum reports that the Williston hospital has 450 employees and 50 open positions. Grimshaw says the hospital continues to see record numbers of emergency room visits, births and clinic patients. He suggests integrating programs from the University of North Dakota medical school and Williston State College with educational opportunities at the hospital and other regional partners.

UND medical school dean Joshua Wynne says UND is working to meet the needs of western North Dakota.

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