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WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital's new strategic plan will begin producing concrete results in the next couple of months with the finalizing of both a growth plan and a facilities plan for the city-owned hospital. "We are working hard on a number of different fronts," said Mike Schramm, chief executive of the hospital. In a report to the board of directors Wednesday night, he reviewed the timeline and the progress that has been accomplished so far with the strategic plan, which was adopted in December. The strategic plan outlines the future direction for Rice Hospital and the services the
WILLMAR -- It started with a simple quest. Stephen and Laura Deleski, owners of West Central Printing, were looking for historic photos of their 1890s-era building in downtown Willmar. They uncovered some vintage postcards depicting many of the grand brick buildings that graced the downtown business district. One thing led to another and Stephen Deleski's interest grew. "We travel a lot, so when we're camping in summer we hit all the antique stores," he said. He began collecting old local photos through auctions and online sales.
WILLMAR -- Give consumers the option of paying their hospital bill online via credit card, and they'll jump at the chance. That was Rice Memorial Hospital's experience after introducing an online credit-card payment option last June.
WILLMAR -- Immigrant stories, as seen through the lens of a movie camera, will be featured in a month-long film festival that opens Monday with a showing of "The Visitor." The free four-week series was organized by the Willmar Area Comprehensive Immigration Reform coalition to help raise community awareness of the issues surrounding immigration. "Why do people immigrate? What are their stories? What happens when they come here? These films help show some of these stories," said the Rev. Naomi Mahler, one of the members of the local coalition. The films will be shown at 6 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Mary Jane Stredde was so busy greeting well-wishers Tuesday afternoon that she hardly had time to sip her coffee. Stredde, 75, shook dozens of hands as friends and coworkers crowded into the community room at Centennial Square to see her receive the district volunteer of the year award from Aging Services of Minnesota. The award is given to volunteers who go above and beyond in donating their time to serving the aging population.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital officials are keeping a close eye on legislative action that could decide the fate of General Assistance Medical Care and those patients who are covered by the program. The Minnesota Senate voted Thursday to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto to restore the publicly funded health care program for low-income single adults.
WILLMAR -- When someone arrives in Rice Memorial Hospital's emergency room with injuries from a highway crash, the whole staff is ready to act swiftly to evaluate, treat and stabilize the patient. The hospital's recent designation as a Level 3 trauma center takes this process up another notch by joining a new statewide trauma system that brings more cohesion to how injured patients are cared for. "It ensures that patients get prompt evaluation and transfer if necessary," said Dr. Scott Abrams, an emergency room physician.
WILLMAR -- The patient was sprawled half in, half out, of his hospital bed. A cigarette was clamped between his lips, inches away from his oxygen supply. On his food tray lay a bloody bandage.
WILLMAR -- Ann Stehn already had a fairly good idea of how Kandiyohi County stacks up when it comes to health. But a new set of county-by-county rankings helps further reinforce where the county is strong and where more work is needed, said Stehn, director of Kandiyohi County Public Health. "This is really a snapshot of how things are," she said. "This just re-emphasizes those things that are key for the health of the whole community." The county health rankings were made public Wednesday.
WILLMAR -- If your vehicle is still parked at the curb in the middle of a snowbank, you're running out of time. The Willmar Police Department is cracking down on car owners who haven't moved their vehicles since Monday's major snowstorm. "We've tagged 34 and hooked six so far," Willmar Police Chief Jim Kulset said Friday. City ordinances prohibit vehicles from being left curbside for more than 48 hours without being moved. The ordinance applies all year.