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Opening eyes to danger on the road
Willmar hospital and clinic seek affiliation with CentraCare of St. Cloud
Minnesota heroin dealer found guilty in first of 4 deaths
Residents of halfway house found two men dead from overdoses - their drug counselors
Minnesota lawmakers plan to wrap up special session Thursday as hundreds protest
Prep Softball: Gjerde does Saints' heavy lifting
Local Roundup: Area tennis players advance to 6A semifinals
Vikings still don't know if Bridgewater will ever play in NFL again
Twins' Hughes may not miss many games
Former Minnesota high school hockey star, current Penguins veteran Cullen playing Game 7 like it's his last
Former Arkansas Gov. takes 'Huckabee' from Fox News to religious broadcaster
Ellen DeGeneres lands new Netflix stand up special
Three more Fox News employees file discrimination suits
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
'Last Man Standing': 20th Century Fox TV to seek new home for Tim Allen comedy
Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
Art competition: High school artists gather in New London
Stories needed to create 'Milan: The Musical!'
Minnesota Orchestra brings classical music to Willmar
Vinyls unveiled for traffic signal boxes in Willmar
David J. Peterson
Marilyn Ruth Rusthoven
Dr. Richard Clausen
Dionne: The wider Trump scandal
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Commentary: The genius of Roger Ailes
Letter: Give families options for early childhood education
Commentary: Federal power spins its ever-growing web
February 16, 2012
HealthBeat blog: Study says patient satisfaction may be deadly
February 16, 2012 - 8:41am
January 12, 2012
Areavoices.com: Fessing up to tobacco use
It's a question many of us are routinely asked during a visit to the doctor: Do you smoke or use tobacco? Ideally, nothing less than the truth...
January 12, 2012 - 8:45am
January 4, 2012
Areavoices.com: Opening up the doctor's notebook
If you could see what your doctor is writing about you in your medical record, would this hurt or enhance the doctor-patient relationship? A...
January 4, 2012 - 9:27am
December 29, 2011
Areavoices.com: Social media screenings could improve patient care
Doctors already query patients about whether they drink, use tobacco or are up to date on their immunizations. Should they also be asking about...
December 29, 2011 - 8:44am
January 20, 2011
Little change seen by state in reportable patient harm at hospitals
WILLMAR -- Minnesota hospitals saw little change last year in the number of adverse events reported to the state Health Department. There were 305 "never" events that met the mandatory reporting threshold, according to an annual report being released today by the state Department...
January 20, 2011 - 12:00am
For Willmar hospital, it's another step in advanced health care
WILLMAR -- It looks like a cushion but isn't. Embedded inside are dozens of tiny sensors that measure pressure from someone sitting. On the...
January 20, 2011 - 12:00am
December 16, 2010
Rice officials behind $4.7M investment to integrate bills, patient files
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital's board of directors voted in favor Wednesday of investing $4.7 million in a clinical information system that...
December 16, 2010 - 12:00am
November 10, 2010
Foundation event scheduled to raise funding for high-tech hospital beds
WILLMAR -- With a touch on a keypad, Angie Beyerl, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Rice Memorial Hospital, can automatically...
November 10, 2010 - 12:00am
October 13, 2010
Mental health patient overpowers driver, hijacks van near Alexandria
A patient being moved in a van from a state-run mental health facility in Fergus Falls, Minn., to the Twin Cities overpowered the driver Wednesday morning along the route in Todd County and fled alone in the vehicle, authorities said. David Beutner, 37, who was being taken from Community...
October 13, 2010 - 4:39pm
April 20, 2010
Rice Hospital implements bar-coding system in newest effort to improve medication safety
The same technology that scans your lettuce and ground beef at the grocery store checkout is being used at Rice Memorial Hospital to increase...
April 20, 2010 - 12:00am
January 16, 2010
Two area hospitals report adverse events in 2009
WILLMAR -- After a piece of a sizing cuff was accidentally left inside a patient during major surgery at Rice Memorial Hospital last year, a hospital team gathered to analyze how it happened and how to prevent similar incidents in the future. The hospital has since adopted a different...
January 16, 2010 - 12:00am
November 7, 2009
Rice Hospital proposes 2010 budget of $100 million
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital officials are optimistic the city-owned hospital is managing to successfully adapt to fewer patient admissions, a mood that's reflected in the budget developed for 2010. Members of the hospital board's finance committee had their first look Friday...
November 7, 2009 - 12:00am
October 3, 2009
Where are all the patients? Inpatient care down at Rice, outpatient up
WILLMAR -- There used to be a time when Rice Memorial Hospital had 60 or more patients occupying beds on a daily basis. Then the number slid to 50, then to 40. Inpatient volume has dropped sharply again in the past couple of months, and hospital officials are beginning to suspect...
October 3, 2009 - 12:00am
July 23, 2009
HealthBeat blog: Who are you? Misadventures in misidentification
When it comes to medical care, misidentifying the patient - or having the patient's medical identity stolen outright - can be very hazardous to one's health. The West Central Tribune's HealthBeat blog takes a look at the issue and shares a first-person experience in Who are you? Misadventures...
July 23, 2009 - 1:35pm
June 17, 2009
Procedures help providers avoid wrong-site surgery
WILLMAR -- Before any of the surgery teams at Rice Memorial Hospital or the Willmar Surgery Center make the first incision, there's a final stop...
June 17, 2009 - 12:00am