Duane Fitch

Keokuk Area Hospital has been trying for months to secure money from Lee County for use as a local match for some federal funding. It appears that effort is over -- at least for the time being.

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There were not enough aldermen at the Keokuk City Council's Jan. 7 meeting to vote on a request from Keokuk Area Hospital for roughly $111,000, so the hospital had to wait until Jan. 12. The wait was worth it, though, as aldermen unanimously approved the request.

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Duane Fitch has been trying to have a sit-down meeting with the Lee County Board of Supervisors for months, but it does not appear that will happen anytime soon. That's because Board Chairman Ron Fedler is not extending him an invitation.

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Keokuk Area Hospital did something during its most recently completed fiscal year that it hadn't done since 2009: end the year with a positive net income.  The head of the firm charged with reversing the hospital's financial struggles during the last few years said while that is great news and shows the result of lots of hard work, there is still a big hurdle to clear.

The state of Iowa will be helping a local hospital with its financial struggles.

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Lee County has changed its mind about giving money to Keokuk Area Hospital.

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Keokuk Area Hospital is getting a $100,000 boost from its home city.

Keokuk Area Hospital could get a second chance to secure some much-needed money.

Lee County is being asked to help fund a "mega"-economic development effort in the northern part of the county.