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WILLMAR -- Patient admissions will continue to slowly decline and profits will stagnate, according to a newly revised set of financial assumptions for Rice Memorial Hospital over the next five years. The five-year financial plan was reviewed Friday by the finance committee of the hospital board of directors. Committee members voted to recommend its approval when the full hospital board meets on Aug.
The neatness of Mike Schramm's desk belies the busy schedule he's had since becoming Rice Memorial Hospital's new chief executive on June 1.
WILLMAR -- Here's a quiz. The intersection in Willmar with the most crashes is: North Business 71 and 23rd Street Northeast; First Street and Willmar Avenue; First Street and 19th Avenue; Highway 12 and Lakeland Drive. If you picked the intersection on North Business 71 by the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, you'd be wrong. Willmar Police Chief Jim Kulset doesn't even hesitate in coming up with the right answer: "First and Willmar." Year after year, this busy intersection consistently ranks as one of the most crash-prone in town, he said.
Do you know where your stomach is? How about your liver or lungs? A recent study in the U.K. found that even though there's an increasing amount of health information in the media and on the Internet, many people couldn't point to the correct location of several of the body's major organs. The West Central Tribune HealthBeat blog takes a closer look in Flunking out of Anatomy 101.
This fall, Willmar's third CT scanner will go into operation at the new Willmar Center for Diagnostic Imaging. What does the addition of a third CT service mean for patients? What does it mean for the community? The West Central Tribune's HealthBeat blog takes a closer look in Then there were 3: Cost, choice and the medical arms race.
If you've been following the Tour de France, you'll know that uber-cyclist and seven-time winner Lance Armstrong is making a comeback bid. The West Central Tribune's HealthBeat blog takes a look at Armstrong, his life story and the physiology that helped create a winner in The machine that is Lance Armstrong.
WILLMAR -- Governing board members of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission approved a lean budget Thursday for 2010. The agency proposes to spend $485,811 next year on programs and projects ranging from business recruitment and retention to renewable energy, bioscience, tourism and marketing. That's a half-percent decrease from this year's $487,713 budget. For the third year in a row, the property tax levy for the Economic Development Commission will remain the same, at $455,000. The EDC will make up the difference by applying some of its reserve fund to
WILLMAR -- Three Willmar clinics have formed a joint venture with the Center for Diagnostic Imaging to open their own outpatient medical imaging center in Willmar this fall. The partners are Family Practice Medical Center, Janning ENT Center and the Asthma and Allergy Clinic. Construction is already under way on the new Willmar CDI, which will be located in the Lakeland Health Center.
When it comes to medical care, misidentifying the patient - or having the patient's medical identity stolen outright - can be very hazardous to one's health. The West Central Tribune's HealthBeat blog takes a look at the issue and shares a first-person experience in Who are you? Misadventures in misidentification.
WILLMAR -- Every Tuesday during the past school year, the teachers on Willmar Junior High School's two teams for the Kandiyohi County Relay for Life would bring in bars, cupcakes, zucchini bread and other goodies. For 25 cents, co-workers could help themselves to treats and know they were supporting the American Cancer Society. Between the Tuesday treats and other fundraisers, the two Junior High Flyers teams -- about 25 people in all -- manage to bring in $5,000 to $6,000 each year, said volunteer Mary Sawatzky. "Every $5 or $10 just seems to add up," she said.