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WILLMAR — When a 70-year-old man went into cardiac arrest in the Rice Memorial Hospital emergency room parking lot this past September, Jessica Garcia, her husband, Jesus, and brother-in-law, Eric Garcia, took action. Jesus and Eric removed him from his car, where he was slumped over into the passenger seat.
WILLMAR — Rice Memorial Hospital has proposed a tightly constrained budget for 2014 that aims for a conservative 2 percent margin and projects little or no change in revenue and expenses. Look for the hospital to continue focusing on its cost structure next year, Bill Fenske, chief financial officer, told the hospital board finance committee this week. A 2 percent return on hospital operations is “a stretch from where we’re at,” he said.
WILLMAR — The executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission came to the organization’s defense this week, issuing a formal response to allegations by a board member that the EDC is falling short. “It was a situation that I felt could not go unaddressed,” Steve Renquist said Thursday. At a meeting Thursday of the Economic Development Commission Joint Operations Board, Renquist handed out a six-page memo that responds, point by point, to allegations put forth last week by board member Robert Enos that the EDC is failing to deliver on economic de
WILLMAR — A pair of forums, one for the public and one for area nonprofits and their staff, will be held next week on the impact of the Affordable Care Act and the new MNsure health insurance exchange. The two forums, hosted by Heartland Community Action Agency, are part of a broader outreach effort to help the uninsured enroll in health care coverage. Both events will take place at the Evangelical Free Church of Willmar. The forum for the community is on Tuesday and consists of two presentations, one at 5:30 p.m.
Over the years, Rice Hospice volunteer Carol Benson has been asked many times, “How can you do what you do?” Her answer is simple. “Anybody that can be a friend can be a hospice volunteer,” says Benson. The Rice Hospice program was one year old when Benson, inspired in part by the recent death of her mother, signed up in 1983 as a volunteer.
WILLMAR — Saying the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission is failing to serve the city’s best interests, a member of the EDC joint operations board has called for an end to the partnership. In a letter emailed Tuesday to the Willmar City Council and the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners, Robert Enos said the city may be better served by “charting its course alone.” “Exploring city/county collaborations is worthwhile, but not all collaborations will make sense,” wrote Enos in his letter, which was also forwarded to the news media. As the city has become
WILLMAR — When the staff sat down with a designer to develop the plan for the new Heartland Orthopedic Specialists clinic in Willmar, they focused on the big things: a location that’s easy to find, one that maximizes the work flow for both staff and patients and includes room for future growth. But they didn’t overlook the small things either, like making sure patients don’t have to walk far to reach the waiting room, the X-ray room, cast room or the exam rooms. “It’s really about the care of the patients and having it be patient-friendly.
WILLMAR — Raising money for imaging technology that streamlines the surgery process for breast cancer is the goal of the Rice Health Foundation’s annual holiday gala this weekend. The event on Friday and Saturday is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
WILLMAR — A winding brick walkway and garden is helping people with Parkinson’s disease gain strength, balance and confidence in navigating real-life environments. The new path, developed by Bethesda Health and Housing with funding from the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota, was introduced at a community open house this week. Believed to be among the first of its kind in the United States, the path is an innovative approach to improving the quality of life for those with Parkinson’s disease. Ann Garrity of the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota calls it “a practice environment” f
WILLMAR — As the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission works on setting goals and developing a work plan for 2014, the organization is looking at a more clearly defined focus. No major changes in direction are contemplated. But at a planning session Tuesday of the EDC joint powers board and joint operations board, board members sought to clarify how best to target the Economic Development Commission’s activities during the coming year. For four hours, the two boards discussed and debated the priorities.