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WILLMAR -- While the patient was in Rice Memorial Hospital's emergency room, nurses happened to overhear family members discussing what name to use. It was an immediate tip-off: Here was a patient who might be using a fake ID. Hospital officials and staff can count on at least a few cases each year of patients using a false name, an identity stolen from someone else, or someone else's insurance card. When it's a matter of patient care, it can be a serious issue, said Stephanie Brown, manager of the business office at Rice. "There's a lot at stake when it comes to identity theft," she said.
A new U.S. surgeon general has been nominated and she's, uh, overweight. In view of Dr. Regina Benjamin's many other qualifications, should the numbers on the scale really matter to the American public? The West Central Tribune's HealthBeat blog takes a look, pro and con, in Doctors, obesity and the new surgeon general.
In the national debate about how to fix health care, the voices of doctors, nurses and patients often seem to be absent. In Missing voices in the health care debate, the West Central Tribune's HealthBeat blog takes a look at this issue and an upcoming conference of politicians and medical bloggers focused on "Putting Patients First."
SPICER -- There isn't much left of Chuck Stockland's barn or garage after a tornado raked through his farm Tuesday afternoon southwest of Spicer. But the wedge-shaped space is still visible in a corner of the barn, where Stockland's quarter horse huddled after being trapped when the building collapsed on top of him. The 16-year-old horse, whose name is Poncho, was freed Tuesday night by a team of about 30 rescue workers, sheriff's deputies and firefighters from the Willmar and Spicer fire departments. He was unharmed except for some minor scratches, Stockland said. "We just walked him to t
The West Central Tribune's HealthBeat blog showcases Minnesota Medicine magazine's annual creative writing issue in Words and medicine: the doctor as storyteller.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital officials are still trying to assess what the loss of General Assistance Medical Care will cost the city-owned hospital. "Certainly we'll feel the impact.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital's board of directors never had a job description, until now. Board members approved the new document Wednesday, after weeks of mulling and revising the draft proposal. The written job description is supposed to help more clearly delineate the board's role and responsibilities. "This is something the board needs to adopt," said board member David Anfinson. Hospital board members are appointed by the mayor of Willmar.
WILLMAR -- It's an austere budget the joint operations board of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will send this month to the agency's governing board. The operating board voted Thursday to recommend a $484,511 budget for next year.
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital's board of directors approved a set of criteria Wednesday for rating the performance of their new chief executive, Michael Schramm, during his first six months on the job. Among the goals for the new leader of the city-owned hospital: Start working on a comprehensive strategic plan, assess the hospital's quality initiatives, and end the fiscal year with a profit. The guidelines were de-veloped by the b-ard's hu-man resources committee, with input from Schramm, and recommended for adoption by the full board. Schramm's success at fulfilling all the objectives
WILLMAR -- Edward A. Ruchti was sentenced to 21 months in prison Tuesday for assaulting his girlfriend and trying to strangle her during an argument this past February. Judge Kathryn N. Smith ordered him to serve at least 14 of those months in prison. The remainder can be served on supervised release, as long as Ruchti commits no other offenses either in or out of prison. Ruchti, of Watkins, will receive credit for two days he has already served in the Kandiyohi County jail.