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Dr. Scott Abrams is an emergency room physician at Rice Hospital. The hospital recently has been designated as a Level 3 trauma center. Abrams said a benefit of being part of the statewide system is prompt evaluation of patients and transfer if necessary. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

New designation to enhance Rice's treatment of trauma

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WILLMAR -- When someone arrives in Rice Memorial Hospital's emergency room with injuries from a highway crash, the whole staff is ready to act swiftly to evaluate, treat and stabilize the patient.

The hospital's recent designation as a Level 3 trauma center takes this process up another notch by joining a new statewide trauma system that brings more cohesion to how injured patients are cared for.

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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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