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WILLMAR — Bill Linder spent a long career in broadcasting but philanthropy was the passion closest to his heart. “There’s no question that was important in his life,” said his son, Steve Linder. “He wanted to do more.” Bill Linder died Tuesday at age 92. His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Lutheran Church, where he was a longtime member.
WILLMAR — Dr. Alvin O. Setzepfandt was already visibly declining from Alzheimer’s disease when his family found the notes he had written earlier for himself. The notes, tucked away in his personal files, indicated he had privately done his own research months earlier on the disease that would eventually lead to his death, recalled his son, Paul Setzepfandt of Bird Island. “He knew,” he said.
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.
WILLMAR — Stephen Gerberding has been hired as the new administrator of Affiliated Community Medical Centers, effective in December. ACMC made the announcement Monday. Terry Tone, ACMC’s current executive administrator, is retiring in 2015 and will work alongside Gerberding through 2014 as the leadership transition takes place.
SPICER — Examples of economic development successes weren't hard to find when the joint operations board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission met Thursday in Spicer. The board heard firsthand from Spicer city officials about many of the projects underway to boost business and residential expansion. Even the meeting itself was hosted in one of Spicer's newest venues, the event center of the expanded and remodeled O'Neil's Bar.
WILLMAR — This year's supply of influenza vaccine includes more options than ever before. Want extra protection? Some versions of the vaccine now guard against four strains of the influenza virus instead of the usual three. Allergic to eggs? An egg-free vaccine has been developed that will become available locally next month, although in limited quantities. A relatively new intradermal form of the flu vaccine also will be offered at some flu shot clinics.
WILLMAR — Bids totaling $1.6 million were awarded Wednesday for the next phase of construction and renovation at the Rice Care Center. The Rice Memorial Hospital board also voted Wednesday to authorize issuing up to $9 million in revenue bonds to finance the Rice Care Center improvements as well as renovation and new retail space for Rice Home Medical stores in Alexandria, Redwood Falls and Willmar.
ST. PAUL -- A growing number of Minnesota hospital and nursing home workers are rolling up their sleeve for a flu shot, according to results announced Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Health for its FluSafe program. The program, in its third year, recognizes facilities that achieve a workforce flu vaccination rate of 70 percent or better. The goal is to protect hospital patients and nursing home residents from influenza by reducing the number of unvaccinated health care workers.
WILLMAR — Pillows — lots of them — play a starring role in a new video by Rice Memorial Hospital about the hospital's efforts to reduce preventable readmissions. The message: For every night patients can spend at home in their own bed, it's one less night with a hospital pillow. For the past two years, Rice has been part of a Minnesota Hospital Association collaborative project known as RARE, or Reducing Avoidable Readmission Events, aimed at lowering the rate at which patients end up back in the hospital after going home.
WILLMAR — Minnesotans for the most part are satisfied with the patient experience at their medical clinic, but there's still room for improvement, according to a newly released statewide survey on patient satisfaction.