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WILLMAR — When hospitals undertake a project to improve patient care, how do they know they’re actually making a difference? Rice Memorial Hospital harnessed the data to take an in-depth look this past year at the care of patients diagnosed with pneumonia and how it stacked up on measures of cost and quality. The multidisciplinary team in charge of the project found the hospital’s efforts indeed were paying off.
WILLMAR — Workplace wellness programs are getting results — healthier workers and lower health care costs, say local employers with firsthand experience. When Duininck Inc.
WILLMAR — Finding qualified workers is a top concern for local business owners, according to a recent survey by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. They see labor skill gaps, and many are finding it difficult to attract workers at a competitive cost. Overall, however, eight out of 10 saw Kandiyohi County as a good place to do business, and a majority said they plan to expand, build or add a new product or service within the next three years. The survey represents a snapshot of what the county’s business owners are thinking, said Connie Schmoll, business
WILLMAR — State health officials say the chance of an outbreak in Minnesota of the Ebola virus is extremely low. But Willmar health providers are ramped up to respond, just in case. “We are prepared,” said Wendy Ulferts, chief nursing officer at Rice Memorial Hospital. “We’re putting processes in place.” From emergency rooms to urgent care clinics, providers across the state are planning for the possibility of Ebola.
WILLMAR — A packed house is expected this coming week when a nationally recognized speaker visits Willmar to talk about a serious and urgent topic: caring for the rising number of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. Speaker Teepa Snow will give a community presentation at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Willmar Evangelical Free Church.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Highway 23 from New London to Paynesville is on a list of 13 “Corridors of Commerce” highway projects that are being accelerated with new funding. The announcement of a $70 million state investment in additional road projects was made Tuesday morning by Gov. Mark Dayton. Twelve of the Corridors of Commerce projects, including Highway 23, are being funded with existing money approved by the Legislature and the governor as part of a 2014 Corridors of Commerce initiative.
Minnesota Highway 23 from New London to Paynesville is on a list of 13 “Corridors of Commerce” highway projects that are being accelerated with new funding. The announcement of a $70 million state investment in additional road projects was made Tuesday morning by Gov. Mark Dayton.
WILLMAR — With two family members living with dementia, the Mitteness clan knows well the daily struggles, the pain and the small happy moments of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of age-related dementia. Tears gather in Alan Petersen’s eyes as he says, “It just takes everything from you.” But there’s also an enduring love. Petersen visits his mother, Betty, at the nursing home twice a week, and although she hasn’t said his name in more than a year, “that isn’t the most important thing,” he said.
WILLMAR — Intensive care services at Rice Memorial Hospital will morph into a different, more versatile model in upcoming months with the development of so-called acuity-adaptable rooms — hospital rooms capable of housing both intensive care patients and general medical and surgical patients. The hospital’s board of directors gave approval last week to proceed with construction docu ments for the project.
WILLMAR — Continued development of Kandiyohi County’s agriculture-related business sector emerged Thursday as a top priority next year for the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. Close behind were a focus on business development, business retention and expansion, development of the county’s industrial parks and comprehensive marketing of the EDC’s services and successes. The next step is a draft plan that will go back to Economic Development Commission board members for review and adoption. The priority list is the result of an intense half-day planning ses