Rice Memorial Hospital was built in 1937 to honor a trust from Colonel Cushman Rice in memory of his parents, Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Albert Rice. Ever growing, with a continuing dedication to service excellence, Rice has expanded from the original 37-bed hospital to 100 beds. Rice is the only acute care hospital in Willmar and is the largest city-owned hospital in Minnesota. Rice provides top-of-the-line health care throughout a 12-county region in west central and southwestern Minnesota.
Rice has just completed a $51 million addition that expands the size of the hospital by 50 percent. The new facility provides patients with larger private rooms, as well as a new women and children’s unit, surgery suites, same-day surgical facilities2, and emergency department. Rice worked with designers and planners to build a health care facility which not only enhances patient care today, but anticipates the health care needs of tomorrow. The New Rice is a state-of-the-art, intelligently-designed facility that’s convenient and easy to use. It is a whole new way of envisioning health care delivery where an environment is created (incorporating art, music, light and nature) that supports healing and addresses the inherent stress in the lives of patients and their families.
Rice Memorial Hospital in partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry recently opened the Rice Regional Dental Clinic. This innovative partnership was designed to provide dental care to under served populations in a 12-county region in West Central and Southwest Minnesota.
The Clinic will provide both dental and dental hygiene students with an opportunity to practice in a rural setting, promote dental careers and engage local dentists and hygienists in public service and ultimately have a positive influence on the number of dentist and hygienist to practice in a rural area.