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Health officials at Garfield Memorial Hospital are conducting a study to determine whether to offer long-term care at the facility, which serves a large geographical area in southern Utah.

Hospital Administrator Wayne Ross said the 20-bed facility is the busiest during the summer months when tourism is at its peak because of Bryce Canyon National Park and other attractions in the area.Three physicians serve on the staff, and a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant conduct medical practices. Service at the hospital and in five outlying clinics involves some 70 people, including nine registered nurses, four licensed practical nurses and 14 nurses' aides.

Three clinics are conducted in Garfield County and two in adjacent counties.