WILLMAR, Minn. (December 2012) – Rice Regional Dental Clinic of Willmar, MN is joining with dental professionals across the state to provide free care to children whose families face barriers to dental care. Dental services of oral screenings, cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments will be provided. The clinic office is located at 301 Becker Ave. SW. Persons interested in scheduling an appointment on Feb 1, 2013 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm may call the Dental Clinic at 320-214-2620.
The Minnesota Dental Association is sponsoring this statewide outreach effort, called GIVE KIDS A SMILE because dentists are committed to providing all children with dental care and helping eliminate barriers to care throughout Minnesota. Now celebrating its eleventh consecutive year, GIVE KIDS A SMILE has provided free dental care to tens of thousands of children. About 200 clinics across the state will open their doors for this program on Feb. 1 and 2, 2013.
“This is a special way to reach children in need of dental care. Healthy teeth are vital to overall health and even a key to success in school” stated Dr. Linda Jackson, Dental Director of the RRDC. Patients seeking appointments should be under the age of 18 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
The Minnesota Dental Association is the voice of dentistry in Minnesota, representing 78% of practicing dentists. It is committed to the highest standards of oral health and access to care for all Minnesotans. Learn more at www.mndental.org.
Gather your girlfriends and come celebrate Heart Month with a little wine and dining! Ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, drink ticket, musical entertainment by Jay Halliday, free gift bag, recipes, boutique shopping, door prizes and more. Tickets sell out fast, so register early!
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Red Hot Happy Hour
Thursday, February 7, 2013
5:00 – 7:30 pm • $15/ticket
Holiday Inn and Conference Center
Ali J Boutique
Bittersweet Autumn Inc.
Dancing Goat Studio
Glacial Ridge Winery
Ideal Weight Loss of Willmar
Jack’s Coffee, Sandwiches & Sweets
Janning Medical Spa
Lost Valley Woodwork
Rice Home Medical
Sweet William’s Truffles
wordsinwire by Kristin Allen
This community event celebrates Women’s Health and is sponsored by Rice Memorial Hospital and the Rice Health Foundation. Call 231-4141 for more information.
Rice Memorial Hospital has selected Dr. Kenneth Flowe to serve as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Associate Administrator for Medical Staff Resources. “We are excited to have Dr. Flowe join our team,” said Chief Executive Officer Mike Schramm, “He has a solid core of experience and will be a great asset to the Willmar community.”
As CMO, Flowe will supervise Rice-employed physicians, work directly with all medical staff, oversee and implement quality initiatives and improvements; and serve as a liaison between management and staff. He will also provide direct patient care as an E.R. physician over several shifts each month. “I’m very excited about this opportunity to be the next CMO at Rice Memorial Hospital,” said Flowe. “I look forward to working with the staff and providers and becoming part of the Rice Memorial team.”
Dr. Flowe received his M.D. degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and his Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Before coming to Rice, Flowe was the CMO of Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro, North Carolina. He is a consultant for the Joint Commission Resources, and has visited hospitals throughout the United States. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Association of Physician Specialists and is Senior Editor of their journal, The American Journal of Clinical Medicine. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mercy Initiative, a non-profit organization related to his mission work in rural Kenya. He is an instructor for advanced trauma, cardiac, and pediatric courses – core clinical courses – as well as a Master Trainer for TeamSTEPPS, a national initiative to encourage teamwork in healthcare. He has long been passionate about quality and access to care, both here and abroad.
Join the fun and form a team today! The 30th annual Bowl for Hospice takes place on Saturday February 23 (or Saturday February 16 in Paynesville). Every bowler will receive a free Bowl‐for‐Hospice t‐shirt, two games of bowling, and an opportunity to win a host of door prizes and gift cards from the sponsors!
One hundred percent of the money raised during this event goes to each Hospice satellite location!
WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital will soon launch a three-year effort to address obesity among adults and strengthen the hospital’s role in community health.
The hospital this month received a three-year, $475,000 grant from the George Family Foundation for the Healthy Communities Partnership, a project in 13 cities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin to help community hospitals develop capacity in preventing chronic disease. Co-sponsors are Allina Health and the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.
“This is a good opportunity for us to do some positive things and really make an impact in the community,” said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Hospital.
The official kickoff for the grant was Dec. 14.
Hospitals have traditionally focused on treating acute illness and injury.
The Healthy Communities Partnership invites them to become involved farther upstream, in prevention and wellness efforts that address lifestyle issues such as physical inactivity, poor nutrition, alcohol use and tobacco use. The initiative also provides new opportunities for hospitals to become more involved at the community level as a wellness leader.
During the first few months of 2013, Rice Hospital will begin screening adult participants for obesity and ask them to complete an online health risk assessment.
The screenings will lead to interventions that connect these individuals to existing local resources that address obesity.
“This is not intended to duplicate other initiatives and other activities going on in and around the community,” Schramm said. “It’s meant to be the glue that binds things together.”
Wendy Ulferts, chief nursing officer at Rice, said the hospital is looking for a diverse cross-section of participants.
Local support for the effort will be important in helping define the hospital’s most effective role in community wellness, she said.
A stakeholder group made up of local government, clinic, public health and wellness leaders has been meeting for the past few months to lay the groundwork, she said. “There has been very good interaction.”
With the grant now officially in place, one of the next steps will be to hire staff — a wellness coordinator who will oversee the program and at least one wellness care guide who will work with participants to connect them the resources they need.
“We’re looking to hire staff before the end of the year,” Ulferts said.
One of the goals will be to leverage local resources to help keep the initiative going once the three-year grant period runs out, Schramm said.
“We’re going to try and make as best use we can of these dollars,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure this is sustainable.”
Local and University of Minnesota School of Dentistry officials were on hand for a reception Tuesday at Rice Memorial Hospital to celebrate the anniversary of the school’s clinic at Rice. The Delta Dental of Minnesota also announced a $175,000 grant to the clinic. Jeff Ogden, chief administrative officer at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, acts as emcee during the presentation. Tribune photo by Gary Miller
WILLMAR — The Rice Regional Dental Clinic celebrated its fifth anniversary Tuesday with news of a major gift: the awarding of a $175,000 grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota.
The money will help support the operational costs of the dental clinic, which serves as a training site for University of Minnesota dentistry and dental hygiene students and a source of dental care for low-income and underserved residents in west central Minnesota.
Officials from Delta Dental, the University of Minnesota and Rice Memorial Hospital gathered Tuesday for the grant announcement, followed by an open house and tours of the dental facility.
“It’s a good way to end the calendar year with this kind of success,” said Dean Elton Johnson, a Willmar pastor who also sits on the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota.
When the Rice Regional Dental Clinic opened in 2007, it was a bit of an experiment, he said. “The experiment worked. It’s here to stay.”
In five years of operation, the program, operated as a partnership between the university and Rice Memorial Hospital, has amassed a series of accomplishments.
It was one of the first hospital-based dental training sites in the United States and remains the only one like it in Minnesota. It has the largest geographic reach — 17 counties — of any dental clinic in the university system. It has helped train dental therapists, a new category of mid-level dental professionals created by the Minnesota Legislature in 2009, and provided a training ground for new workforce models that include dental therapists.
Patient volume has far exceeded the anticipations of Rice Hospital and the University of Minnesota.
To date the clinic has seen nearly 7,000 patients and provided 79,000 dental services and procedures during nearly 34,000 clinic visits. Staffed by students and faculty, it’s running at nearly 100 percent capacity, officials said.
The vast majority of clients are on public programs such as Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare and have difficulty finding any other dentist who will see them.
There’s a great demand for dentists in rural Minnesota but an even greater need for dentists who can take these patients, said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Hospital.
“The Rice Regional Dental Clinic is able to meet both these unique challenges,” he said.
Students who train here are gaining not only valuable hands-on experience but are seeing firsthand what it’s like to be in a rural community, Johnson said.
“They live here. They eat at Frieda’s,” he said. “They see what rural life is like. Our hope is some will in fact practice upon graduation in a rural area.”
Funding remains one of the largest challenges for the program. Although the dental clinic receives ongoing revenue from providing services to patients, it also relies on Rice Hospital, the University of Minnesota and donors to support its operating costs.
The grant from Delta Dental is one of several from the organization over the past five years. Delta Dental has contributed $625,000 in all, making it the Rice Regional Dental Clinic’s largest nonprofit sponsor.