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Nolan Baker of Kerkhoven, left, converses Friday with Leah Peitz, a nurse at Rice Memorial Hospital, as he undergoes dialysis at the Willmar hospital. Rice hopes to raise funds this weekend, through the Rice Health Foundation's annual gala, to improve the experience of the hospital's dialysis patients. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Rice Health Foundation gala in Willmar, Minn., to raise funds for enhancing dialysis care

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For patients undergoing dialysis at Rice Memorial Hospital, the hours spent in a chair, tethered to a machine that filters their blood of the toxins their kidneys can no longer handle, can be long, uncomfortable and dull.

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Money raised this weekend by the Rice Health Foundation at its annual gala will be spent on improving the experience of the hospital's dialysis patients.

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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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