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Beth Kadlec, staff pharmacist at Willmar Regional Cancer Center, demonstrates Jan. 14 how a special protective hood is used to process medications at the center. A product of the Willmar Medical Services, a joint venture between Affiliated Community Medical Centers and Rice Memorial Hospital, the center, seen at top, will be unveiled this weekend to the public. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Hospital is abuzz as cancer center will be unveiled to the public this weekend

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It was a major change for che-motherapy patients when the Willmar Regional Cancer Center opened last month.

Instead of going to Affiliated Community Medical Centers, patients are now being treated by their oncologist at the newly integrated center at Rice Memorial Hospital. The change has been "pretty dramatic," said Dr. J. Michael Ryan, the center's medical oncologist. "I think they really are impressed with it."

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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