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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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New funding to help make overdose antidote more available to emergency responders

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, July 24, WILLMAR – Putting a drug that reverses the effects of opioid overdose into the hands of more first responders across the state will help prevent unnecessary deaths, say advocates behind the effort. Supporters … Continue reading →

Rice Rehab Center increases quality of life during, after treatment

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Jul 22, WILLMAR – Pain, fatigue, muscle wasting — Sherri Grindy experienced all of it while undergoing treatment for lung cancer that has spread to her brain and bones. The cancer rehabilitation program at Rice … Continue reading →

Canine Care for the Journey: Therapy Dogs for Rice Hospice

These Rice Hospice volunteers don’t drink coffee or drive a car, but they can still decrease patient anxiety and stress, provide a diversion from physical discomfort, and make their patients laugh or smile. Canine Care for the Journey is the … Continue reading →

Rice Laboratory Receives CAP Accreditation

Rice Memorial Hospital Laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Laboratory Accreditation Program of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. The laboratory’s director, Karen Samuelson, and medical director, Patricia M. … Continue reading →

Rice Memorial Hospital earns stroke-ready designation

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, July 13, WILLMAR – Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar joins 83 Minnesota hospitals recognized for their preparedness to evaluate, stabilize and provide emergency treatment to patients with acute stroke symptoms. In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature … Continue reading →

Local cancer survivor competing in 140.6 mile triathlon to benefit Willmar Regional Cancer Center

Rice Health Foundation has launched peer-to-peer fundraising, putting the power to raise money for your favorite Rice program in your hands. The concept is simple: an individual supporter, or team or supporters, creates a campaign around a program they’re passionate … 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 →

Rice Memorial Hospital to build new rehabilitation center

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, May 25, 2015, WILLMAR – Plans were unveiled last week for a new $5.4 million home for Rice Memorial Hospital’s Rice Rehabilitation Center.  The project will allow the rehab center to unite all its … Continue reading →

Jennifer Freitag Earns Certified Diabetes Educator Status

May 18, 2015, Willmar, MN – Jennifer Freitag, RN, CNP, with the Willmar Diabetes Center, recently passed her certification examination as a Certified Diabetes Educator® through the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. A Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) is a … Continue reading →

Rice Hospital nurses honored for making a difference in patient lives

By the West Central Tribune, May 12, WILLMAR – Three registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital were honored this past week for making a difference in the lives of their patients. The winners — Lisa McBrian, Josh Christophers and Connie … 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.
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Sunday, July 19 – Ride for Rice Hospice

A benefit for Rice Hospice – Benson Satellite. Rain or shine, all bikes welcome! Registration begins at 12:00 pm at Roosevelt Park in Benson, MN. Ride will parade out of town at 1:15 pm and return at approximately 4:30 pm … Continue reading →

Monday, July 20 – Stroke Support Picnic

Rice Memorial Hospital’s Stroke Support Group offers educational presentations and discusses concerns of stroke survivors and caregivers. Monday, July 20, 2015 11:30am – 1:00pm Lakeland Auditorium Lower level of Family Practice Medical Center 502 2nd St SW, Willmar, MN This … Continue reading →

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