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Welcome to Rice Memorial Hospital

Rice Memorial Hospital is a Level 3 Trauma Center and the largest municipally-owned hospital in the state of Minnesota. We are home to the Willmar Regional Cancer Center (an affiliate of the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute), the Rice Regional Dental Clinic (a partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry), Suite Beginnings private birth suites, and the award-winning Therapy Suites at Rice Care Center (a short-stay rehabilitation care facility).

Your health. Your hospital.

We have been a proud member of the Willmar community since 1937 and strive to provide our patients and visitors with Respect, Integrity, Compassion, and Excellence (R.I.C.E.)

Learn more about how we support our local community and how your donations make a difference. Visit the Rice Health Foundation...

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Willmar Regional Cancer Center offers new treatment for advanced prostate cancer

November 2014, WILLMAR, Minnesota – Willmar Regional Cancer Center began its first treatment of Xofigo® (radium-223 dichloride) earlier this month. It’s the latest treatment option for men with advanced prostate cancer.   “This is a huge benefit for our patients, … Continue reading →

Rice Hospital gala to raise funds for inpatient mental health

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Nov 12, 2014, WILLMAR –  The Rice Health Foundation is putting on the glitz this weekend for a serious cause — raising money to support an expansion of Rice Memorial Hospital’s inpatient mental health … Continue reading →

Mike Schramm and Jed Bendix swap jobs to raise money for Rice Health Foundation

Rice CEO, Mike Schramm, and Nursing Service Technician, Jed Bendix, swapped jobs on Wenesday, October 29, making good on a challenge put forth by Rice Health Foundation last summer. The 2014 Job Swap Challenge was part of Rice Health Foundation’s … Continue reading →

Over 600 in attendance at Grand Re-Opening of Rice Care Center & Therapy Suites

By Shirley Carter, Executive Director, Rice Health Foundation – On October 28th and 29th, seniors and staff at Rice Care Center opened their doors for donors and the public to get a glimpse into their wonderful world of community living! … Continue reading →

The 'new' Rice Care Center invites community to open house this week

By Anne Polta on Oct 26, 2014 at 11:25 p.m. WILLMAR — Rice Care Center is preparing to say farewell to more than four years of continuous construction and hello to a facility redesigned to meet growing regional demand for … Continue reading →

Rice Hospital in Willmar discusses Ebola preps

By JP Cola, KWLM, Oct 21, 2014, WILLMAR - Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar is working on a plan to deal with an Ebola patient, should one ever materialize. But directives from state and federal agencies are ever changing. Over the … Continue reading →

HCMC recognizes Rice Hospital for trauma care

By Tribune News, West Central Tribune, Oct 22, 2014, WILLMAR – In recognition of the care it provides for trauma patients, Rice Memorial Hospital has been presented with a "Partner in Trauma Excellence" award from Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. … Continue reading →

Rice Hospital turns to data-diving to measure, improve pneumonia care

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Oct 22, 2014, WILLMAR – When hospitals undertake a project to improve patient care, how do they know they're actually making a difference? Rice Memorial Hospital harnessed the data to take an in-depth look … Continue reading →

Willmar-area sports-related concussion rates mirror state trend

By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Sep 22, 2014, WILLMAR – About 8 percent of area student-athletes suffered a sports-related concussion last year and several had symptoms that lingered for days or even weeks. Since the fall of 2008, nearly … Continue reading →

Willmar Ambulance Director Brad Hanson helps rollout Rural MN LUCAS 2 Grant

The Minnesota Department of Health kicked off a new initiative in Alexandria, MN to place life-saving equipment in ambulances and emergency rooms across the state. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is funding the project with a … Continue reading →

MHA Recognizes TCAB Improvements at Rice

On Tuesday, September 9, Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) representatives visited the Adult Health Care department of Rice Memorial Hospital to celebrate AHC's improvement projects through the Transforming Care At the Bedside (TCAB) initiative! AHC's TCAB improvement projects include: Equipment Room Redesign—organizing … Continue reading →

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Pregnancy to Parenting Classes

A childbirth education series designed to give you a variety of learning experiences.  This program consists of three classes taught by experienced nurses covering: All About Newborns, Breast Feeding, and Preparing for Delivery.
Get the details or register online...

Nov/Dec – Healing Hearts Support Group

Rice Hospice will offer free support groups to those who have lost a one in four of our satellite locations - Montevideo, Granite Falls, Dawson, and Willmar. Classes start in mid-November and continue through December. For more information and to register... Continue reading →

Sat. Nov. 15 – Lunch & Table Setting Review

Rice Health Foundation's "Lunch & Table Setting Review" – 10am-3pm, featuring tablescapes, boothtiques, and a luncheon. Advance tickets are $15, available at the Rice Gift Shop, the Foundation office, or online through November 10 at

Mon. Nov 17 – Stroke Support Meeting

The Rice Stroke Support Group meets on the third Tuesday of every month, from 1:30pm - 3:00pm in the Lakeland Auditorium. Continue reading →

Thu. Nov. 20 – Cancer Support & Education Session - "Rehabilitation and Exercise"

Representatives from Rice Rehabilitation Center will present a free educational session on "The Importance of Rehabilitation and Exercise for Cancer Patients." Cancer rehab is an integral part of your cancer treatment that makes you feel better before, during, and after … Continue reading →

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