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WILLMAR -- Orthopedic surgery, oncology, emergency medicine, hospital medicine and primary care remain among Rice Memorial Hospital's top priorities for strengthening these specialty services and recruiting ph-ysicians to staff them. But cardiology and ne-phrology also have been fast-tracked onto the short-term priority list, where they'll be studied more closely over the next few months for how they can be enhanced. All these specialties are part of the city-owned hospital's growth plan, which identifies opportunities for Rice to expand its services or add new ones. The growth plan was pre
WILLMAR -- Organizers are looking forward to a big turnout Friday for the 11th annual Life Connections senior event at the Willmar Civic Center. The event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is hosted by the West Central Tribune. About 1,200 are expected to attend, said Kari Gislason, marketing director at the West Central Tribune. "People look forward to it. It has become a very social event," she said.
WILLMAR -- Not long ago, the chance to bring in a new business slipped through the fingers of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission. The reason?
WILLMAR -- Although funding to help build a veterans geriatric and mental health facility in Willmar has failed yet again to make the legislative bonding bill, the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission isn't ready to give up yet. There's still a slight chance the proposal can be revived, Steve Renquist, executive director of the EDC, told members of the joint operations board on Thursday. "Until this group tells me we're not going to do it anymore, I will keep driving at it," he said. This is the third legislative session in a row that local officials have att
WILLMAR -- If the outlook for pancreatic and liver cancer is to improve, earlier diagnosis needs to be one of the main strategies, say physicians who treat these patients. "That's where we can do some major changes in survival and life expectancy," said Dr. Ahsan Bhatti, a gastroenterologist at Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar. How to manage these two formidable cancers was the focus this week of the annual cancer symposium, hosted by the Willmar Regional Cancer Center. More than 100 people spent a day hearing presentations and touring the exhibit hall.
WILLMAR -- Jennifer King-ery's desk is laden with daunting-looking files and paperwork. One of the files belongs to a former cancer patient who participated in a clinical trial at the Willmar Regional Cancer Center.
WILLMAR -- The financial picture at Rice Memorial Hospital is brightening slowly but steadily. According to its official audit, the city-owned hospital earned a net return last year of just under $1 million. Its cash position also has improved significantly. Members of the finance committee of the hospital board of directors reviewed the numbers Friday.
WILLMAR -- Charity care provided at Rice Memorial Hospital nearly tripled last year and will continue to rise this year as well, hospital officials said Friday. "It's just a sign of what's going on with the economy," said Bill Fenske, chief financial officer at Rice. According to the city-owned hospital's annual audit for 2009, it provided $915,000 worth of charity care last year -- a significant increase over the year before, when charity care totaled $385,000. Fenske said Friday that charity care likely will exceed $1 million this year.
WILLMAR -- It was dark when Dr.
WILLMAR -- Most of the people who attended a forum Tuesday in Willmar on rural health care coverage said they know someone who's struggling to pay medical bills.