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July 22, 2011
Name released of Paynesville man who drown in Rice Lake
PAYNESVILLE -- The name of the 73-year-old rural Paynesville man who was found unresponsive Wednesday in Rice Lake has been released by the Stearns County Sheriff's office. Lee Hackert's body was discovered between a pontoon and the lift wheel for the pontoon lift and was brought...
July 22, 2011 - 4:59pm
July 21, 2011
Paynesville man found dead, attempted to pull dock from Rice Lake
PAYNESVILLE -- A 73-year-old rural Paynesville man was found unresponsive in Rice Lake by law enforcement officers called to check on his welfare Wednesday evening. According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, deputies and Paynesville Police officers responded...
July 21, 2011 - 1:54pm
July 14, 2011
Willmar, Minn., hospital workforce is leaner, more highly trained
WILLMAR -- The workforce at Rice Memorial Hospital is leaner than ever -- and increasingly experienced and highly trained. Through streamlining and efficiencies, the number of employees at the city-owned hospital and its entities, which include the Rice Care Center and Rice Rehabilitation...
July 14, 2011 - 12:00am
May 7, 2011
Changes proposed for Rice Trust grant process
WILLMAR -- Changes are being proposed for the Cushman A. Rice Trust grant application process, making it easier for people to seek help paying their bills at Rice Memorial Hospital. The trustees at Bremer Bank, which manages the fund, filed a court petition last month requesting...
May 7, 2011 - 12:00am
April 14, 2011
Hospital endorses alignment plan with Rice Health Foundation
WILLMAR -- Under a new alignment plan, the boards of the Rice Health Foundation and Rice Memorial Hospital will work more closely together to identify, support and fund some of the key needs of the hospital. The plan was unanimously endorsed Wednesday by the board of directors of...
April 14, 2011 - 12:00am
April 9, 2011
Audit: Rice Hospital sees gains in cash flow, balance sheet
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital fared slightly better than the financial break-even point last year, its best performance since 2007. The gains weren't large.
April 9, 2011 - 12:00am
March 21, 2011
Hospital board endorses strategic plan and priorities for 2011
WILLMAR -- Cardiology and nephrology will be two of the focus areas as Rice Memorial Hospital seeks to strengthen and expand some of its services this year. Recruitment of more physicians also is a goal, along with a lengthy to-do list that includes quality of care, patient satisfaction,...
March 21, 2011 - 12:00am
March 18, 2011
Contracts are settled with four of Rice Memorial Hospital's unions
WILLMAR -- New contracts were finalized Wednesday with four of Rice Memorial Hospital's five employee bargaining units. All four contracts contain similar terms: minimal pay increases but no change in health insurance benefits or paid time off. Each of the new labor agreements is...
March 18, 2011 - 12:00am
March 10, 2011
Rice Memorial Hospital starts fiscal year strong
WILLMAR -- For the first time in at least five years, Rice Memorial Hospital has started its fiscal year by generating a profit. In another financial development, the hospital has passed the $50 million mark in net assets, triggering a larger payment in lieu of taxes to the city...
March 10, 2011 - 12:00am
February 5, 2011
Volunteers, Rice Regional Dental Clinic team up to help
WILLMAR -- Yasmin Ismael wore a wide, gap-toothed smile as she climbed out of the dentist's chair. Out in the waiting room at the Rice Regional...
February 5, 2011 - 12:00am
January 26, 2011
Stomach bug prompts visitor restrictions at Rice Care Center
An outbreak of gastrointestinal illness has prompted visitor restrictions at the Rice Care Center. Several residents and staff have been sick with vomiting and diarrhea from a gastrointestinal virus, said Troy Barrick, administrator of the Rice Care Center. "We're just encouraging...
January 26, 2011 - 9:45am
January 21, 2011
Rice Hospital nurses hold rally as mediation talks begin today
WILLMAR -- Registered nurses at Rice Memorial Hospital wore red T-shirts and held handmade signs in a show of solidarity this morning as mediation got under way between hospital management and the nurses' bargaining unit. The 220 RNs represented by the local unit of the Minnesota...
January 21, 2011 - 11:48am
January 20, 2011
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
January 19, 2011
Letter: Disrespecting the nurses
A hospital CEO recently thought it was important to have a mandatory meeting in which he directed staff to follow the golden rule at work. This same CEO felt that quality treatment is dependent on how staff treat one another and then went on to say, "It's easier to treat patients...
January 19, 2011 - 7:10am
January 13, 2011
Hospitals on board with early opt-in for Medicaid
WILLMAR -- Regardless of the politics surrounding Minnesota's expansion of the Medicaid program, hospitals in Minnesota mostly welcome the move. The measure, which outgoing Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty opposed, was one of the first signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, as he took...
January 13, 2011 - 12:00am