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WILLMAR -- Her hands clad in blue gloves, Robin Spencer, a medical technologist in the Rice Memorial Hospital laboratory, rinses a set of used glass vials, then places them in a recycling container next to the sink. A few steps away stands a shredder for shredding and collecting paper for recycling. And tucked into a corner of the laboratory is the room where alcohol is distilled and recaptured for reuse. Of all industries, hospitals generate some of the most complex waste there is: paper, plastic, cardboard boxes, packaging, cleaning supplies, IV bags, pharmaceutical containers, surgical g
WILLMAR -- A new initiative by the United Way of West Central Minnesota hopes to harness the volunteer power of an important demographic -- younger adults who are emerging leaders in their communities. The project, known as Advance, will officially be launched Aug.
WILLMAR -- Offer clinical experiences for students in the health professions and maybe you'll end up with a future employee. This is part of the thinking behind Rice Memorial Hospital's student program, which hosted 431 participants last year. Not only does it contribute to the education of future health care professionals but it also exposes them to what it might be like to work at Rice, said Joyce Elkjer, human resources director at the hospital. These student experiences are key in helping shape career decisions, she said.
WILLMAR -- Slightly more than halfway through the year, Rice Memorial Hospital leaders have moved significantly forward on a new strategic plan to boost hospital services, quality of care and overall performance. "We're making a lot of progress with a lot of things," Mike Schramm, chief executive of the city-owned hospital, told the hospital board Wednesday during a review of the plan. The five-year plan was adopted last December.
An unidentified man from Yellow Medicine County is Minnesota's first confirmed West Nile virus case of the year. The Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday that the patient was hospitalized in late July with West Nile encephalitis. Dave Neitzel, a Health Department epidemiologist specializing in diseases carried by mosquitoes and ticks, said Minnesota has entered the period of highest risk for West Nile virus in humans. "We've had a bumper crop of pest mosquitoes this summer, but the species that carry West Nile virus are most abundant in late summer," he said. Although West Nile viru
WILLMAR -- An Atwater man involved in an armed standoff in June faces a jury trial next month on six counts, including assault, terroristic threats and the use of deadly force against a peace officer. James Hinman, 46, had been scheduled to appear Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court for an om-nibus hearing. After he failed to show up, a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was taken into custody on Sunday. During an appearance Monday before Judge Donald Spilseth, Hinman was ordered to be held on $70,000 bail. He later posted bond, allowing him to be released.
An unidentified man from Yellow Medicine County is Minnesota's first confirmed West Nile virus case of the year. The Minnesota Department of Health said today that the patient was hospitalized in late July with West Nile encephalitis. State health officials said Minnesota has entered the peak season for West Nile virus, which is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes.
WILLMAR -- Official Boy Scout shirts hang in a crisp row of khaki along the back wall at General Mailing. A collection of pocket knives, some of them emblazoned with the Eagle Scout emblem, reposes in a glass display case. Looking for a Scout manual or a wilderness survival guide? You'll find it among the selection of books for sale. Sleeping bags, hiking socks or lightweight camping gear?
WILLMAR -- The opening of a University of Minnesota research and outreach center at the MinnWest Technology Campus will open new doors for regional partnerships in the biosciences, university officials told a local audience Tuesday. The hour-long discussion gave local leaders a chance to hear the latest information on the facility, which could open late next winter or early in the spring. Officials at the university are "very excited" about the opportunities for partnerships and cutting-edge projects that will be created by the Mid Central Research and Outreach Center, said Dr.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital has embarked on an initiative to dramatically expand its information technology capabilities over the next three to four years. By the end, the city-owned hospital expects to have an information system that not only enhances its ability to provide quality care but also allows it to link and share data with other providers around the region. "I do believe that technology, used appropriately, over the long run can provide better care for patients and more efficiencies for the organization," consultant Richard Calman told the Rice Hospital board of directors la