Robotic-assisted technology introduced to Rice Hospital

By Anne Polta on Jan 17, 2016, WILLMAR — When Dr. Thomas Lange removes a patient’s gall bladder or Dr. Jennifer Lee-Pentz performs a simple hysterectomy, their snips and sutures are careful, dexterous and precise. Except they’re not standing directly … Continue reading

Same care, different model: Rice Hospital to begin integrated approach to intensive care

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, June 23, WILLMAR – The “where” of intensive care at Rice Memorial Hospital is changing this week, but not the “how.” On Wednesday the hospital will implement a new integrated approach to caring for … Continue reading

Telemedicine to the rescue: At Rice Hospital, stroke care meets the power of digital communication

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Apr 12, WILLMAR – Barely a week after launching a new telemedicine program early in March for diagnosing and treating stroke, Rice Memorial Hospital used the service for the first time with a patient suspected … Continue reading

Rice Hospital in Willmar discusses Ebola preps

By JP Cola, KWLM, Oct 21, 2014, Willmar – Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar is working on a plan to deal with an Ebola patient, should one ever materialize. But directives from state and federal agencies are ever changing. Over the … 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