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Rice Memorial Hospital, Affiliated Community Medical Centers and Family Practice Medical Center all have re-cently attracted new physicians to fill a variety of roles, a stark contrast to other rural Minnesota hospitals. Tribune file photo

Although rural areas struggle to recruit docs, success is seen across the region

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WILLMAR -- Dale Hustedt is looking forward to this autumn, when a second doctor will join Rice Memorial Hospital's inpatient hospitalist service.

"We've been looking for a hospitalist for quite some time," said Hustedt, the interim chief executive officer at the city-owned hospital.

A nephrologist, specializing in kidney disease, is arriving in June at Affiliated Community Medical Centers.

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