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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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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 →

Rice Memorial Hospital nurses win major award

By Tribune News, West Central Tribune, Dec 2, 2014, WILLMAR – The entire pediatric nursing unit at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar won a major award from the Minnesota Nurses Association at the organization’s recent annual convention. Vickie Anderson, Patricia … Continue reading →

Police Chief Jim Felt will shave off moustache if local group raises $2,000 for Movember

TRI4EVR is a local triathlon and running club that hopes to raise $2,000 for Willmar Regional Cancer Center during “Movember.” The national Movember challenge encourages men to grow moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness for prostate cancer, … Continue reading →

2014 Holiday Festival a resounding success

Rice Health Foundation’s 2014 Holiday Festival was a resounding success! Friday’s Snow & Ice Gala and Saturday’s Luncheon & Table Setting Fair, along with a generous matching grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, helped raise $341,174.50. Proceeds will go to expand the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit … Continue reading →

Bids awarded for Rice Hospital project

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Nov. 20, WILLMAR – Construction bids have been awarded for a $1.3 million project to create acuity-adaptable patient rooms at Rice Memorial Hospital and expand the hospital’s inpatient behavioral health unit. The contracts were … Continue reading →

Willmar Regional Cancer Center offers new treatment for advanced prostate cancer

November 2014, WILLMAR, Minnesota – Willmar Regional Cancer Center began its first treatment of Xofigo® (radium-223 dichloride) earlier this month. It’s the latest treatment option for men with advanced prostate cancer.   “This is a huge benefit for our patients, … 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.
Get the details or register online...

Thu. Jan. 15 – Cancer Support – Paying for Cancer

Financial Advocates from Rice Memorial Hospital will present a free cancer support class on “Paying for Cancer.” There are a lot of frightening realities that come with a cancer diagnosis, but paying for your medical care shouldn’t be one of them. Financial … Continue reading →

Feb. 5 - Red Hot Happy Hour

Red Hot Happy Hour - celebrate Heart Month with a girl's night out! Willmar Conference Center, 5pm-7:30 pm, $22/ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, drink ticket, gift bag, samples, giveaways and prize drawings. For more information and to purchase tickets visit our Facebook page →

Friday, Feb. 6 – Give Kids a Smile – free dental appointments for children in need

WILLMAR, Minn. (January 2015) – Rice Regional Dental Clinic in Willmar is joining with dental professionals across the state to provide free care to children whose families face barriers to dental care. Free dental services will be provided for children ages … Continue reading →

Feb. 12 - Bellaforma "Ladies Night Out"

Bellaforma "Ladies Night Out" - Willmar, Alexandria and Redwood Falls stores, 4pm-7pm - FREE goodie bag, tropical fun drinks, appetizers, candle making and more! Plus $5 bras and other great sale prices! More info at →

Feb. 21 - Bowl for Hospice

Get your team together and start collecting pledges for our 32nd Annual Bowl for Rice Hospice! The event takes place Saturday February 21 in Benson, Dawson, Graceville, Granite Falls, Montevideo, New London, Ortonville and Willmar. Form a “friendly competition” with your … Continue reading →


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