December 16, 2018

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Artificial Sweeteners: The Good, The Bad…Wait Are They Really That Bad for You?

How much sugar do you think you eat every day? If you’re like the average American and the typical patient when they first come to the Willmar Diabetes Center, far too much. Most people have at least 20 teaspoons of sugar every day. For women that’s 14 teaspoons more than the daily recommended allowance and [More]

Welcoming Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith as ACMC-President and CEO

As we said goodbye to long-time president and CEO of ACMC, Dr. Ronald Holmgren, we welcome in our new president and CEO, ACMC dermatologist Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith. We asked her to share her thoughts on her first few weeks on the job. Here’s what she had to say. You have a long history of [More]

Photography, Global Health Come Together for Medical Student Robin Sautter

You’ve heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” It’s one of the things ACMC third-year University of Minnesota-Duluth medical student Robin Sautter loves most about photography. Robin first got interested in photography her junior year of college. She was involved in several extracurricular organizations and found that an image was a great [More]

MyHealth@ACMC Helping Busy Patients Manage Their Healthcare

A busy working mom of two, Janae is always on the go. Sometimes it feels like a never-ending treadmill of working, running errands, going to appointments and keeping up with her boys. “Life is busy,” Janae said, “especially when you have two active boys like I do!” Her oldest son, Lucas, is two; Derek is [More]

A Homecoming for ACMC-Litchfield’s Dr. Cassandra Bulau

Growing up in Litchfield, Dr. Cassandra Bulau—like many high school students—never imagined she’d be back. After high school she left for Boston, where she received her undergraduate degree in biology and history at Boston University. Dr. Bulau always had an interest in medicine; the sciences were her favorite in high school. So it was no [More]

Third-Year Medical Student Gavin Maurer Experiences Life as a Small Town Physician

Third-year medical student Gavin Maurer pulls his ’78 Chevy pick-up up the driveway of his parent’s farm in Morgan, which is about 15 miles southeast of Redwood Falls. He’s just there for a visit, but he enjoys going back home again and wishes he had the time to jump back into the familiar routine of [More]

Dr. Ronald Holmgren Building a Legacy of Leadership at ACMC

Family medicine physician and ACMC president and CEO Dr. Ronald Holmgren always planned on setting up practice in a more rural area. He had spent his Rural Physician Associates Program (RPAP) experience training in Clara City. As part of his rotations during RPAP, he became more familiar with Willmar, traveling to Rice Memorial Hospital to [More]

Medical Missions: You Can’t Do Everything, but You Can Still Help

Six days a week 17-year-old Carina gets up at 3:00 a.m., working in the coffee fields carrying 50-pound bags down the mountain until 4:00 p.m. Afterward she cleans the house and cares for her siblings before bed at 8:00 p.m.—only to do it all over again the next day. When ACMC family medicine physician Dr. [More]

Meet ACMC’s 2015-2016 Medical Students

You may see some new faces in your exam room the next time you’re at ACMC. They’re future doctors on rotation at ACMC. Every year ACMC hosts medical students—mostly from the University of Minnesota’s Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) and Des Moines University.  These medical students are looking at a rural experience to see if [More]

ACMC Family Medicine Physician Dr. Emily Hayden on Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving – a time for family and traditions. ACMC-Willmar family medicine physician Dr. Emily Hayden shares her favorite memories and family traditions as a child and new ones she and her  family are making.  As long as I can remember, we have gotten together with my father’s side of the family for Thanksgiving in Le [More]