graphicWhen you are a regional hub hosting the state’s fourth largest private medical center, residents expect a bit more from their health care choices. Willmar delivers. Totaled, health care employs 2,100 people in the city, services 360,000 patients, and responds to nearly 1,500 emergencies annually. No wonder a community survey rated medical facilities as our number one strength.

Rice Hospital, the largest city-owned hospital in Minnesota, reaches a 23-county area with its hemodialisys, intensive coronary care, mental health services, neonatology, diabetes center, hospice, cancer center and MRI services, to name a few. Telemedicine capabilities extend these doctors’ expertise far beyond the hospital’s physical walls.

Willmar Surgery Center accommodates today’s high-tech same-day surgery needs, while the Affiliated Community Medical Center brings specialty departments and partners together, such as the Women’s Imaging Center, the Willmar Surgery Center, and Urgent Care. The Family Practice Medical Center uses this same concept to pool family practitioners in one convenient location, as does the Willmar Regional Treatment Center, which houses psychiatric, chemical dependency, developmentally disabled and youth treatment practices. Woodland Centers provides a longer term stay mental health center.

graphicThe numbers shake out to two clinics, 88 doctors, 31 dentists and four nursing homes. This places us number one in the state for doctor availability: we enjoy 204 doctors per 100,000 residents, a vast improvement over the 130-to-100,000 ratio average for microcities.

We fare the same in specialists – 68 per 100,000 residents compared to 50 for other comparable-size cities.

Some residents even go so far as to proudly dub us "Little Mayo" after the famous Mayo Clinic.

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