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Rice Memorial Hospital
July 6, 2014
Two injured Saturday in Atwater crash
ATWATER -- Two people were injured Saturday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in Atwater. Kamal H. Ahmen, 27, of Willmar, and Kama H. Ahmed, 23, of Willmar, were taken to Rice Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the report from the Minnesota State Patrol. The...
July 6, 2014 - 11:37am
May 19, 2014
‘Good Catch’: Rice Hospital employee honored with state patient safety award
WILLMAR — While reviewing a patient’s chart before admission for surgery, Nita Tieszen saw a blank space where information about the patient’s...
May 19, 2014 - 11:18pm
May 12, 2014
Three Rice nurses honored for impact on patients
WILLMAR — Three registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital were honored this past week for making a difference in the lives of their patients. Monica Rohner, Jeannine Dahl and Karen Janssen were chosen by a panel of judges for exemplifying the skills and compassion that nurses...
May 12, 2014 - 11:47pm
April 14, 2014
Reporting pension liability could have big impact on public sector’s balance sheets
WILLMAR — New requirements for how public entities must report net liabilities for defined-benefit pension plans could have a big impact on local government. Rice Memorial Hospital had a foretaste last week of the pending changes, and the hospital’s auditors said the impact will...
April 14, 2014 - 11:25pm
April 11, 2014
Swaddled in safety: Partnership with local fund helps Rice Hospital promote newborn health, lower risk of SIDS
WILLMAR — From the moment they’re placed in their cribs, babies born at Rice Memorial Hospital get a safe start in life with swaddling designed...
April 11, 2014 - 11:04pm
April 10, 2014
Rice posts record $3M loss for 2013: Shortfall reflects changing health care landscape
WILLMAR — Greater emphasis on quality care and less on volume is helping keep more patients out of the hospital, but the changing landscape of reimbursement also is bringing considerable financial pain to hospitals. Rice Memorial Hospital posted a $3 million loss last year on revenue...
April 10, 2014 - 11:08pm
January 9, 2014
Rice unveils new master facility plan
WILLMAR — Under a newly developed master facility plan, Rice Memorial Hospital will consolidate two of its patient units into rooms that can...
January 9, 2014 - 10:57pm
September 18, 2013
Rice Memorial Hospital projects little change next year in patient volume
WILLMAR — As Rice Memorial Hospital leaders prepare to dig into the budget process for 2014, they are projecting a patient volume expected to remain mostly flat. The hospital board’s finance committee reviewed the numbers this past week, along with a comparison of volume trends...
September 18, 2013 - 11:18pm
Local businesses contribute to their communities through United Way corporate campaigns
For the 2013-14 year, the United Way of West Central Minnesota has set an ambitious fundraising goal: $1 million. ...
September 18, 2013 - 3:04am
August 14, 2013
Our pillow or yours? Rice Memorial Hospital project takes aim at avoiding readmissions (with video)
WILLMAR — Pillows — lots of them — play a starring role in a new video by Rice Memorial Hospital about the hospital's efforts...
August 14, 2013 - 11:27pm
July 8, 2013
Willmar, Minn., credit rating dips due to outlook for health care industry
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council this week sold $1,910,000 million in general obligation bonds to finance this year's street work, but not before being told the city's credit rating dipped slightly, resulting in a 0.1 percent hike in interest cost. The decrease in rating from...
July 8, 2013 - 5:32am
May 20, 2013
Growing demand prompts plans for addition to Rice Therapy Suites in Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR - Nearly two years after opening a new short-term rehabilitation unit at the Rice Care Center, the demand for services is so strong that the facility's owner, Rice Memorial Hospital, is contemplating a $2 million addition to the unit. "Our utilization has outpaced our expectations,"...
May 20, 2013 - 4:02pm
May 2, 2013
Hospital-based initiative in Willmar, Minn., brings wellness to the masses
WILLMAR -- Wendy Foley had some health goals, and she hoped that signing up for Rice Memorial Hospital's Healthy Community Partnership would...
May 2, 2013 - 4:34pm
April 19, 2013
Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minn., adopts new strategic plan to prepare for future
WILLMAR — Leaders and the board of directors at Rice Memorial Hospital have created a new road map for how the city-owned hospital will respond...
April 19, 2013 - 11:30pm
April 15, 2013
Benefits of digital patient record starting to emerge at Rice Hospital in Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR — To patients, Rice Memorial Hospital’s transition a year ago to a new integrated electronic medical record system was mostly invisible. But to hospital workers and the medical staff, it was a huge undertaking. And now that the electronic health records system has been...
April 15, 2013 - 4:28am