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County goes with Advanced for jail nursing services

By Reed Anfinson


Swift County will contract with Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc., for its jail nursing services rather than stay with Countryside Public Health. It was a decision influenced by action by Chippewa County to go with Advanced.

Rather than go with Countryside Public Health, Chippewa County decided last week to go with Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Swift County Sheriff John Holtz told commissioners. That left Swift and Lac qui Parle counties faced with paying for a new, more expensive contract with Countryside on their own.

Countryside provides public health services to Swift, Big Stone, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, and Big Stone counties. While it had been providing jail nursing services to Swift and Lac qui Parle for years, last June Countryside’s Director Liz Auch told commissioners to find another provider. Countryside’s jail nursing contract with the county was ending Dec. 31 and would not be renewed.

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