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WILLMAR - Working with high-risk children, Dr. Anne Gearity kept seeing a frustrating pattern. Many of them were traumatized by experiences early in childhood that compromised their development.
WILLMAR - Construction bids have been awarded for a $1.3 million project to create acuity-adaptable patient rooms at Rice Memorial Hospital and expand the hospital's inpatient behavioral health unit. The contracts were unanimously approved Wednesday by the hospital board of directors. Hospital officials said construction and renovation will start sometime in December or early January. The project involves the addition of four patient rooms to the mental health unit, bringing the total number of beds to 12.
WILLMAR — The financial forecast for Rice Memorial Hospital next year shows some strengthening in the hospital’s financial performance, with a projected margin slightly above the break-even point. The city-owned hospital had a rocky start to 2014 and posted a $3.6 million operating loss as of Sept. 30. But more recently the picture has begun to improve, leading hospital officials to be carefully optimistic about next year. “We believe we’ve adjusted our expenses,” said Bill Fenske, chief financial officer.
WILLMAR — The Rice Health Foundation is putting on the glitz this weekend for a serious cause — raising money to support an expansion of Rice Memorial Hospital’s inpatient mental health unit. The nonprofit foundation hopes to raise a record $200,000 for the upcoming project, which will help increase regional access to inpatient mental health care by increasing the number of available beds.
WILLMAR — Move over, identity fraud.
WILLMAR — An early blast of winter unloaded several inches of snow on west central Minnesota Monday, bringing an abrupt end to fall and a rough introduction to the snow season. The storm caused difficult driving conditions and led to school cancellations and business closings across the region. Snow fell throughout the morning across the midsection of the state. Unofficial totals from the National Weather Service included 10 inches in Willmar and Benson, 10.5 inches in Murdock and 6.7 inches at Cosmos. Some of the heaviest snow fell just to the north; at St.
WILLMAR - An early blast of winter unloaded several inches of snow on west central Minnesota Monday, causing difficult driving conditions and leading to school cancellations across the region. The heaviest band of snow was parked on top of Minnesota’s midsection. Snowfall totals as of noon included 9.5 inches recorded at Murdock in Swift County.
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners reluctantly decided Tuesday to sell solid waste bonds on the open market, after bids by local banks to finance the bonds proved to be a more expensive option. “We tried to keep it local,” said Commissioner Jim Butterfield, chairman of the board. But after learning that doing so would cost nearly $28,000 more over the life of the bonds, it was in the best interest of the county and taxpayers to take the sale to the open market, he said. The $1.8 million worth of bonds will be used to pay for a new state-of-the-art leachate collection syst
WILLMAR — Local patients seeking care are hearing a new screening question these days: Have you or someone you know traveled within the last 21 days to a West African country affected by Ebola? Ambulance services across the region are reviewing their stock of personal protective equipment and how to use it correctly. Training is taking place to help ensure health care workers, from doctors and nurses to the housekeeping staff, are ready to address a potential Ebola case. Health and emergency preparedness officials say the virus has little likelihood right now of showing up in rural Minnesot
WILLMAR — Rice Care Center is preparing to say farewell to more than four years of continuous construction and hello to a facility redesigned to meet growing regional demand for high-quality services for older adults. The doors will be opened to the public from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for a grand reopening reception and open house. Pam Adam, administrator, is eager to show the community just how unlike the negative stereotypes a nursing home can be. “We got the vision that we were looking for but you need to see it and feel it to understand the awesomeness,” she said.