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Willmar City Council to consider future of Rice Hospital

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WILLMAR — The future of Rice Memorial Hospital will be one of the main topics when the Willmar City Council meets Monday for a work session followed by the regular council meeting.

The work session is scheduled at 5:15 p.m. in the council chambers at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building.

The council meeting is at 7 p.m. at the MUC building.

A partnership has been proposed that would bring together the city-owned hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers in a new nonprofit, known as Carris Health, that would deliver health care to the region as a subsidiary of CentraCare Health. The hospital's board of directors approved a series of agreements this week to pursue the affiliation and has recommended approval by the City Council as well.

Discussion on the agreement is on the agenda for the work session. The issue also will be taken up at the council meeting, along with discussion on setting a public hearing that's required for the city's hospital bonds to be converted to qualified 501(c)3 bonds.

Also on the agenda during the work session are discussion of a small cities program application by the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, discussion of Rice Park and Robbins Island Park signage and a proposal for a K-9 unit addition for the Willmar Police Department.

In a full agenda for the council's regular meeting, the session will open with public hearings on amending the recall section of the city charter and amendment of the city's surface water management ordinance.

The council will consider a preliminary/final plat for Kwik Trip and a preliminary plat for Midwest Storage.

The council also is expected to set a public hearing for 2017 general obligation street improvement financing and adopt a resolution authorizing the sale of improvement bonds.

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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