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Teri Beyer, left, looks over Lynn Stier's display of items used in pediatrics during Thursday's annual Rice Hospital quality and safety fair. Photos, visual aids and candy were used to promote team projects, and a panel of judges picked four winners in two categories at the in-house hospital fair. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Annual fair showcases patient safety, quality initiatives

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WILLMAR -- Kathy Hunt couldn't wait to show off one of Rice Memorial Hospital's new hover mats.

With a whoosh, the red mattress inflated beneath a volunteer. Almost effortlessly, Hunt slid mattress, patient and all onto an adjacent bed.

"It's the best technology. Patients really do find themselves more comfortable," said Hunt, director of emergency services and respiratory care at Rice Hospital.

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