April 24, 2018

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Mosquitoes, Bites and West Nile Virus

By Jo DeBruycker, RN, MPH, ACMC Health Learning Center Mosquitoes, and mosquito bites, are annoying. What is worse, mosquito bites sometimes transmit serious disease such as West Nile Virus. How to reduce mosquito bites? You’re most likely to get mosquito bites at dawn or dusk, when mosquitos are most active. But, it’s not always possible [More]

Reach Out and Read

Does your child love to read?  At ACMC, we know that reading is an important part of a child’s development. Children who develop critical early reading skills enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills. That’s why in 2005, ACMC began participating in the national Reach Out and Read program. [More]

I Care for the Community that Cares for Me!

I guess when I look back you could probably ask my classmates and they would tell you that it was as early as sixth grade that I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. I grew up in rural Spicer, Minn., and I knew that this was the size of community I wanted to [More]

ACMC Offers Flexibility for my Medical Career and Family

I start my day at 5:30am with a cup of coffee relaxing, thinking about the events of the day while listening to the still of the house. As the pitter patter of little feet come down the hall, the mom hat goes on as I help my boys Camden (7) and Kilen (5) get ready [More]

Small Town Medicine Gives Big Rewards

Small town gives big rewards to Dr. Arthur Rillo who is a family medicine physician at ACMC-Granite Falls.  Dr. Rillo has been with ACMC since 1997 and finds comfort in being a part of a smaller community where he treats generations of family members from birth to the elderly. Seeking a new direction I came [More]

My Roots and My Passion Have Always Been with Rural Medicine

A native of Litchfield, MN, Dr. Ronald Holmgren’s first experiences with Willmar Clinic (now known as ACMC) were as a third year medical student participating in the Rural Physicians Associate Program (RPAP).  In 1977, Dr. Holmgren returned to Willmar to start his practice and today is currently the President and CEO of Affiliated Community Medical [More]

Surgical Mission in Haiti a Memorable Experience

Imagine yourself in a third world country practicing medicine. The medical compound serves 30,000 or more people that depend on one medical staff person and traveling surgical teams to help people in need of care. In April 2011, Dr. Kevin Unger, a Urologist at ACMC in Willmar, gathered a team of local medical experts and [More]

From Dreams to Reality During First Year of Medical School

“I was excited to learn that I was a recipient of the medical scholarship from Affiliated Community Health Foundation,” stated Jonna Maas, 1st year medical student.  “Medical school is a lot of things, but cheap isn’t one of them! Between tuition, lab fees, and textbooks charges add up quickly and this is only my first [More]

Medical Practice Comes to Life in Rural Setting

Heidi Lehrke, third-year medical student has been with Affiliated Community Medical Centers since August 2010 and will continue her experience through July 2011. “I am currently in my third year of medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa and am in the process of completing a medical rotation with ACMC. I really didn’t know [More]

Medical School is the Right Path for Me

Luke Radel is currently in his first year of medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth.  He received a medical student scholarship in 2010 from Affiliated Community Health Foundation. “I first discovered my interest in medicine when I took a health class at Redwood Valley Middle School instructed by Mr. Dave [More]