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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


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 Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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