Officials break ground on Watford City hospital

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Officials in Watford City have broken ground on a new $60 million health care center and hospital.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1mGNSQB) the city will replace the town's decades-old hospital at a new location and build a new emergency room, clinic and Good Shepherd Nursing Home under the same roof.

Dr. Gary Ramage says he was the sole physician in Watford City for many years. Ramage says now he's surrounded by doctors who are working to keep up with the demand for medical attention caused by the western North Dakota oil boom.

Hospital board chairwoman Patsy Levang previously told the Tribune the hospital used to see about 15 emergency visits a month. Today, the emergency room staff sees upward of 560 patients in a month.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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