Rep. Peterson hears about rural dental access during Willmar visit

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Aug 19, 2014, WILLMAR – The challenges of rural access to dental care were outlined for Rep. Collin Peterson during a tour Tuesday morning of the Rice Regional Dental Clinic at Rice Memorial Hospital. … Continue reading

Mental health: Gaps in care discussed at legislative roundtable

By Carolyn Lange, West Central Tribune, Aug 17, 2014, WILLMAR — There are not enough beds, services or money to meet the staggering needs of adults suffering from chronic mental illness and not enough is being done to prevent children … Continue reading

Local Triathlon Club TRI4EVR Working Together to Raise Cancer Awareness

In 2004 Kris Kolstad knew something was wrong.  An avid biker, Kris had been racing for years.  One day he started to notice that his training was suffering. He’d experience shortness of breath which was forcing him to cut his … Continue reading

ACMC, Rice begin orthopedic venture: Latest effort to recruit and retain orthopedic surgeons has strong start

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Monday, March 24 –WILLMAR — A newly formed joint venture between Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers to strengthen local orthopedic surgery services is off to a strong start.  A locum tenens surgeon arrived … Continue reading

Hospitals make progress in patient safety, reduction of adverse events

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Thursday, January 23 –WILLMAR — Minnesota hospitals are making progress in reducing the incidence of serious events that result in patient harm. The Minnesota Department of Health marked the 10th anniversary of the state’s … Continue reading