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In spite of a projected loss of up to $2.75 million for this year, officials at Lewis County General Hospital are hoping that several changes in the works will have the facility operating in the black.  The Johnson Newspapers are reporting that a proposed switch to a critical-access designation is expected to provide a roughly $3 million annual benefit over the next few years.  The hospital plans to submit the paperwork for the status change in mid-January & possibly obtain the designation by middle of 2013.  Lewis County General will also contract with NES Medical Services for a combined emergency room physician and hospitalist group. The facility also hopes to reopen a clinic in Harrisville that is owned by the Town of Diana & was closed earlier in the year by Carthage Area Hospital.  A new orthopedic surgeon is expected to start in early April & the hospital is also scheduled to take over certified home health aide and hospice programs from Lewis County Public Health at the 1st of the New Year.

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