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Rice Memorial Hospital - a regional leader in healthcare

Joint Commission's Gold Seal of ApprovalRice Memorial Hospital is a Level 3 Trauma hospital located 100 miles west of the Twin Cities metro area in Willmar, Minnesota. Serving a 14-county area, we maintain 100 inpatient beds, employ more than 900 staff, and credential over 350 physicians.

Rice Memorial Hospital has been awarded the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.

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mike schrammWelcome to Rice Memorial Hospital
by Michael Schramm, CEO

We have worked hard over the years to build on our reputation as a source you can trust for quality healthcare services and information. We are delighted to be able to add this website to help us achieve our mission of service in the community and the region.

We've dedicated this site to provide you with online health information that is current and reliable, and to provide you the latest information about our services and new developments at Rice.

We strive to work with your doctor to meet all your healthcare needs. As a result, Rice is more than just a hospital; we provide inpatient and outpatient services, a cancer center, mental health and counseling services, hospice services, medical equipment, a long-term care facility, and a comprehensive rehabilitation center. And, we offer many programs that address the unique health needs of the community.

Regardless of what we do, Rice's mission and values have never wavered: to serve the residents of Willmar and west central Minnesota with Respect, Integrity, Compassion, and Excellence in every way.

Rice Hospital Garden CourtTreating the whole person - body, mind and spirit

A healing environment enhances quality clinical care. Sights and sounds, colors and textures, all come together to create comfortable and familiar surroundings that nourish the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. It is a progressive way of envisioning healthcare delivery where the environment supports healing and reduces stress in the lives of patients and their families.

Rice Hospital patient roomOur recently remodeled facility provides patients and families with state-of-the-art technology in a beautiful, healing setting. All inpatient rooms are private and spacious, with large windows and a foldout couch. They were designed to meet the needs of patients as well as patient care staff.

Visitor break areas and lounges are stress-reducing and spacious as well. There are comfortable lounges on each floor throughout the hospital. To protect the health of patients, staff, and visitors, the entire Rice campus is smoke-free.

Original art is intentionally placed throughout the hospital with its intended audience in mind. Art in the pediatrics area is much different than adult health, or even obstetrics. The art is by local artists and artists with local ties, using subjects and scenes found in our region. Art was selected for its ability to soothe, calm, or provide a positive distraction for patients and families. It is also used throughout the hospital to help with way finding.

In addition to art pieces, connections to nature abound through natural light, plants, fish tanks, and the soothing sounds of water indoors and out.

Inside, the sounds from a beautiful water feature is the focus of our garden court area, where natural light pours from a wall of windows above. Comfortable seating fills the welcoming space.

Outside the main entrance, a healing garden was created with fuding raised through empoyee contributions. It is a peaceful area where patients and staff visit to reflect and enjoy being outdoors.

Another reflective space to feed the spirit is in the hospital's non-denominational chapel. it is open to everyone at all times.

To nourish the body, a cafe offers a variety of hot and cold options daily for staff and visitors.

An attractive area adjacent to the cafe provides seating. There are also cafe tables in the garden court and picnic tables located in several outdoor areas.

Patients are provided with a spoken menu bedside that offers choices to match their dietary needs.

Supporting a healthy mind, the Community Health Library at Rice is open to patients, visitors, and family members. Resources include volunteer assistance, books, magazines, newslettters, medical journals, as well as computer use and internet access.

Rice Hospital values At Rice, we stand for R.I.C.E.

Respect. We value the uniqueness of patients, co-workers, physicians, and other customers. We respect their different needs, experiences, talents, and their individual worth. We recognize everyone's contributions and accomplishments, and encourage development of each individual's full potential.

Integrity. We communicate honestly, behave ethically, and accept responsibility for our actions.

Compassion. We recognize that each patient has a right to care which responds to their emotional, spiritual, and physical needs, and is provided with kindness and consideration. We strive to create an environment conducive to healing, growth and well-being for all, including for those with whom we work.

Excellence. We are responsible for continuously seeking to exceed the expectations of our customers and improving our skills, programs, and services. We believe that teamwork, cooperation, collaboration, and partnership are essential to excellence.


To restore and promote the health and well-being of residents and communities of West Central Minnesota.


Rice provides excellent quality care delivered safely, efficiently and with compassion.

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