September 21, 2017

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ACMC’s Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. John Wechter: For the Love of Wrestling

It’s funny how a seemingly small decision can change the course of your life. If ACMC-Willmar physician Dr. John Wechter had stuck with swimming in high school, his life would be quite different right now. He’d probably still be an orthopedic surgeon—after all, medicine runs in his family—but he may not be training to try [More]

Bringing Prediabetes Care to Willmar

Bill was 52 when he learned he was prediabetic. It came as a shock to him. He felt fine. He wasn’t really sure if there was something he should be doing about his prediabetes. Bill is one of the estimated 79 million adults in the U.S. that have prediabetes. When someone has prediabetes, it means [More]

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]

Dr. William Kremer and LaDonna Miller: Teaming Up for Patient Care for 27 Years and Counting

These days you don’t often find people who have worked for an organization for more than 20 years and counting.  But that’s exactly what these doctor-nurse teams are doing at ACMC.  When you work together as closely as LaDonna Thooft, MA, and Dr. William Kremer have for 27 years, you get to know one another [More]