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Welcome to Rice Memorial Hospital

Rice Memorial Hospital is a Level 3 Trauma Center and the largest municipally-owned hospital in the state of Minnesota. We are home to the Willmar Regional Cancer Center (an affiliate of the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute), the Rice Regional Dental Clinic (a partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry), Suite Beginnings private birth suites, and the award-winning Therapy Suites at Rice Care Center (a short-stay rehabilitation care facility).

Your health. Your hospital.

We have been a proud member of the Willmar community since 1937 and strive to provide our patients and visitors with Respect, Integrity, Compassion, and Excellence (R.I.C.E.)

Learn more about how we support our local community and how your donations make a difference. Visit the Rice Health Foundation...

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Stingers and Rice Memorial Hospital create a Community All-Star Team

Willmar, MN – The Willmar Stingers and Rice Memorial Hospital are teaming up to reward nine kids in the community with a once in a lifetime experience with a new program called the “Rice Community All-Stars.” Both organizations believe strongly … Continue reading →

New Cancer Treatment Option Now Available at Willmar Regional Cancer Center

For many patients with early-stage lung cancer, the standard treatment – surgery – is not an option because coexisting conditions make surgery too risky. A new treatment option for select patients with small, early-stage tumors of the lung, or isolated … Continue reading →

Safety fair showcases patient care projects at Rice Hospital

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Feb. 26, WILLMAR – When pathology specimens arrived in the Rice Memorial Hospital laboratory, they were always labeled by hand. But there was a constant risk of errors creeping into the labeling process, said … Continue reading →

Willmar Regional Cancer Center Announces New Director

Willmar Medical Services is pleased to announce that Amy Mugge, RN, has been hired as the new Director for Willmar Regional Cancer Center. She replaces Kellie Prentice, who has been serving as the interim … Continue reading →

Cash Wise rolls out nutritional scoring system for grocery shoppers

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Feb. 1, WILLMAR - That bottle of apple juice in the grocery store aisle looks nutritious. But reach for a jar of unsweetened applesauce instead and watch the Nutritional Value score zoom up from a 10 … Continue reading →

June Boie, Recipient of the 2014 Exemplary Leadership Award

By Tribune News, West Central Tribune, Jan. 20, WILLMAR – The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the Chamber’s annual meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Event luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Willmar Conference … Continue reading →

Willmar Diabetes Center Welcomes New Manager

The Willmar Diabetes Center welcomed Kellie Prentice, APRN, FNP-BC, CDE, as the new manager effective January 1, 2015. Kellie is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Prior to her … Continue reading →

The Important Role of Pathology at Willmar Regional Cancer Center

By ACMC Staff,, January 5, 2015 – As a pathologist at Rice Memorial Hospital, Dr. Steve Vanderwerf is used to working behind the scenes—at least when it comes to patient care. But his job is a very important one … Continue reading →

Carnie Allex recocognized in WCT’s “5 Under 40″ issue

By Dan Burdett, West Central Tribune, Dec. 17, 2014, WILLMAR – Carnie Allex is exactly where she wants to be in life. She’s the director of the pharmacy department at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. It’s a job she loves. … Continue reading →

Rice Revenue Team wins two national awards

WILLMAR, Minn. (December 2, 2014) – When Rice Memorial Hospital was presented with a Revenue Cycle Performance Award from Health Business Insights (HBI) last month, it marked the second national award the Revenue Team has received this year. It also … Continue reading →

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Pregnancy to Parenting Classes

A childbirth education series designed to give you a variety of learning experiences.  This program consists of three classes taught by experienced nurses covering: All About Newborns, Breast Feeding, and Preparing for Delivery.
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Friday, Mar. 27 – American Red Cross Blood Drive

Winter storms across the United States have created an urgent need for blood and platelets. The Red Cross is asking all donors to come out and help restock the shelves! If you are unsure of your schedule and can’t make … Continue reading →

Wed. Apr. 1 - West Central Cancer Symposium

For nurses and healthcare professionals (including advanced practice nurses) who care for patients with cancer. Speakers will discuss a wide range of topics to help attendees understand the best practices in patient-centered care… Continue reading →

Wed. April 1 – Cancer Support Event – “Life Lessons and Laughter”

“LIFE LESSONS AND LAUGHTER” With national keynote speaker Brenda Elsagher Brenda talks about cancer in an honest and hilarious manner with a hopeful message shining through. She is known for her ability to talk about tough subjects in a poignant … Continue reading →

Sat. April 11 – Camp GK Bear

Next Camp is Saturday, April 11, 2015 Rice Hospice at Rice Memorial Hospital offers a one-day grief camp for kids in grades K – 6, called Camp G.K. Bear. It’s a special opportunity for children who have experienced the death of a … Continue reading →

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