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Sebastopol doctor wages fight to keep hospital open

A small Sonoma County hospital is slated for closure Monday afternoon, but at least one doctor is not about to let the lights go dark without one last fight. Dr. James Gude set up an impromptu doctor’s office at the emergency entrance to Sebastopol’s Palm Drive Hospital early Monday morning. Nearby, paramedics were also stationed to assist anyone who came into the hospital for emergency treatment. Those patients would be then transferred to hospitals in Santa Rosa.