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WILLMAR -- It has been a little more than one month since Rice Memorial Hospital adopted an ambitious new strategic plan, and the hospital is already starting to tackle some of the initiatives. "There are a number of things we're beginning to work on.
WILLMAR -- Colleagues and friends remembered Dr. Eugene Bonynge this week as a steady hand whose leadership helped shape Woodland Centers as one of Minnesota's most comprehensive community mental health centers. Bonynge, the executive director of Woodland Centers, died unexpectedly Sunday at age 57. Survivors include his wife and two children. Dr.
WILLMAR -- The exercise equipment that will be installed in Bethesda Health and Housing's new senior wellness center is designed to be kind to older adults -- safe, easy to use and gentle on aging muscles and joints. Bethesda officials see it as one of the ways Bethesda can help keep the community's seniors vital, healthy and independent. "This is becoming main stream as all age groups embrace the preventive health strategies," said Michelle Haefner, chief operating officer of Bethesda. To do so, Bethesda is looking for financial support from the community -- $250,000, to be exact, to equip
WILLMAR -- A statewide plan calls for investing anywhere from $6 billion to $9 billion in the next 20 years to upgrade and enhance Minnesota's ability to move freight and passengers by rail. The proposal, the first comprehensive rail plan Minnesota has ever tackled, was presented at a public hearing Wednesday that was aired via videoconference to Minnesota Department of Transportation district offices across the state.
The Willmar Regional Cancer Center will host a public open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The cancer center is in the west wing of Rice Memorial Hospital. Guests are asked to use Door E or the hospital main entrance, both on the north side of the building. A private open house for patients and families is slated for Saturday morning. An open house for staff of Willmar Medical Services, Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers will be held Friday.
WILLMAR -- A free-standing aquarium, populated with colorful tropical fish and starfish, has been an unexpected hit with patients and families who spend time in the waiting room at the new Willmar Regional Cancer Center. Patients who are there for chemotherapy appreciate the option of receiving their treatment in either a group setting or a semi-private bay, each with its own TV. "It's just nice for them to be able to have the choice," said Barb Hoeft, director of the cancer center. And patients and families really like the physical surroundings -- soothing colors, private corners, lots of
It was a major change for che-motherapy patients when the Willmar Regional Cancer Center opened last month. Instead of going to Affiliated Community Medical Centers, patients are now being treated by their oncologist at the newly integrated center at Rice Memorial Hospital. The change has been "pretty dramatic," said Dr. J. Michael Ryan, the center's medical oncologist.
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WILLMAR -- Last week's bad weather did more than close schools and interfere with travel. It also disrupted the Red Cross's efforts to collect blood for use in the region's hospitals. There's still enough blood for patients who need it, but donors are being urged to give at the earliest available chance so the supply can be replenished, said Red Cross spokeswoman Jill Applegate. "O-negative blood has dropped to emergency levels. We are at less than a one-day supply," she said. January is traditionally "a tough month" for local blood drives, Applegate said.
WILLMAR -- After a piece of a sizing cuff was accidentally left inside a patient during major surgery at Rice Memorial Hospital last year, a hospital team gathered to analyze how it happened and how to prevent similar incidents in the future. The hospital has since adopted a different system of accounting for the equipment that's used during large surgical cases such as this one. "It did result in us making some changes in the way we were doing things," said Maureen Ideker, associate administrator of care management and chief nursing officer at Rice. The incident was among 301 "never" event