June 23, 2017

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Family Medicine Physician Dr. Dave Danielson: Why He Loves the Redwood Falls Community He Cares For

From delivering babies to raising his own children, Dr. David Danielson appreciates the sense of family that Redwood Falls has to offer. As a Family Medicine physician at ACMC, Dr. Danielson embraces the opportunity to make a difference in his community and an impact on the patients that he serves. “It has been a joy [More]

Otolaryngologists (ENTs) Enjoy Best of Both Worlds at ACMC

Both Dr. Jonathan Mellema and Dr. Jennifer Pesola, two Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC) ear, nose and throat specialists (ENTs), started their careers with general practice in mind. Both, however, were drawn to the challenges of the operating room. During their residencies, each discovered a specialty that allowed them to pursue their two passions at once—ENT [More]

From West Africa to Western Minnesota: ACMC Attracts Global Talent

A small-town clinic in the heart of rural Minnesota must be doing something right if it can attract top-level physicians from around the world. Considering the average low temperature hovers around zero in the winter, it’s even more impressive to hear the story of Dr. Laamy Tiadjeri, one of Affiliated Community Medical Centers’ (ACMC) newest [More]

Drs. Michael and Noelle Lee: Love Thy Neighborhood

When Drs. Michael and Noelle Lee moved from Pennsylvania to Minneapolis three years ago for Michael’s hand surgery fellowship, they moved into a 550-squarefoot apartment, where many of their neighbors were Somali immigrants. “I was home alone with a baby,” says Dr. Noelle Lee, a family physician, “and so were a lot of our neighbors, [More]

ACMC-Granite Falls Dr. Darrell Carter and ACMC-Benson Nurse Linda Gallagher Bringing Patient Care to Mexico

Nearly 20 years ago ACMC-Granite Falls family medicine physician Dr. Darrell Carter took his family on a tropical winter getaway. Over the next several years he and his wife—and sometimes his family—traveled to Acapulco, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.  After a few trips to Puerta Vallarta, Dr. Carter and his wife Hazel wanted to find a [More]

Dr. David Newcomer Looks Back on His Time as ACMC’s Chief Medical Officer

It’s been nine years since ACMC internal medicine physician Dr. David Newcomer became chief medical officer (CMO) of ACMC. When he was first approached about taking on the role of CMO, he said no. Twice. Though he was very interested in being a part of the leadership one day, he wasn’t sure he was ready [More]

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]

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]

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]