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A staff person at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center lies under the linear accelerator for demonstration purposes. The machine is used to deliver radiation therapy. The cancer center at Rice Memorial Hospital is one of a widening array of services owned and operated by Willmar Medical Services, a joint venture between the city-owned hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Willmar Medical Services: Partnership leads to better, more cost-effective patient care

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When a new linear accelerator was installed in late 2011 at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center, it was a $1 million-plus investment in technology essential for delivering radiation treatment to patients with cancer.


It also was an example of how local health care organizations are working together to reduce costs, minimize duplication and become more efficient at providing care.

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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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