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Republic County Hospital gets results faster

BELLEVILLE – New equipment at Republic County Hospital is being used to test for pathogens and bacteria in patients’ blood or urine or wounds.

After the piece of equipment being replaced suddenly failed, lab specimens had to be sent away for testing, increasing both cost and wait times for patients. Instead of 24 hours, patients were waiting upwards of four days.

Grant funding helped cover the cost of the new equipment.