Emergency room visits soaring at Rice Memorial Hospital
WILLMAR -- In the past three months, emergency visits at Rice Memorial Hospital have soared, prompting the hospital to add a second emergency-room doctor on Sundays to handle the increasing number of patients.
Staff first noticed the trend three months ago.
Summer, not winter, is usually the busiest time of year in Rice's emergency room. Visits to the ER peak in June, July and August at about 1,000 a month.
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