November 14, 2018

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Virtual Visits Available for ACMC Patients

It’s 8:00 am. Amy was coughing throughout the night and her throat is sore. She would like to stop by the clinic but with two little ones at home, it’s difficult to find a babysitter. Allison is on the road for work and her eye is irritated. She thinks it might be pink eye, but [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]

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]

Recognizing Heat Illness and Dehydration in Children

Do you remember the lazy days of summer when you were a kid? When you would spend all day playing outside with siblings and friends? I treasure those memories! It was, and continues to be, my favorite time of year. But as summer heats up, so does the likelihood of heat stress and exhaustion. Kids [More]

Preventing Drowning Incidents in Childhood and Teen Years

Drowning. It’s the second-leading cause of injury-related death in children in the United States. I know what you’re thinking. It would never happen to my child. He knows how to swim, and besides, he never swims without supervision or someone else present. But in many drowning accidents, there is an adult present.  Last year, I [More]

Litchfield, Marshall Named Best Towns to Raise a Family: ACMC Physicians Agree

When it comes to raising your family, of course you want the very best for them. Your kids deserve it! In a recent study of best towns to raise a family, Litchfield and Marshall made the top 30. We asked some of our physicians and advanced practice providers to share why they love living, working [More]

Marking a Milestone: Ringing the Cancer Bell

The golden bell at Willmar Regional Cancer Center rings, and nurses and staff gather in the waiting room at the Cancer Center to celebrate—and share tears of joy—with the patient who has rung the bell. The tradition of the bell began at MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1996 when U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Irve Le [More]

Be Stroke Savvy: Recognizing the Signs of Stroke

It’s the third leading cause of death in the United States; in fact, every year approximately 600,000 of these are reported. It’s also a leading cause of long-term disability in adults. It’s stroke. And it’s something that ACMC-Litchfield internal medicine physician Dr. Dexter Casta sees far too often in his practice. Most commonly, a stroke [More]

What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center?

Forty-five years ago, the first ambulatory surgery center (ASC) was established in Phoenix, Ariz., by two physicians who wanted to provide more timely, convenient and comfortable surgical services for their patients. Today there are more than 5,300 ASCs in the United States, and they perform 23 million surgeries annually. Willmar Surgery Center and the ACMC-Marshall Surgery [More]

Heart Healthy Tips from ACMC Providers

Heart disease: the silent killer. That may very well be why it’s the number one cause of death in the U.S. every year. Though there isn’t much you can do about some risk factors, you can—and should—do others to live a healthier life. ACMC providers share their top heart healthy tips in this video. Do something [More]