December 17, 2017

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Rural Healthcare in Action: My Two Weeks in Granite Falls

Medical student, Lily Wood, spent two weeks with us for her  Summer Institute for Medical Student (SIMS) experience. This is her reflection on the time she spent at ACMC-Granite Falls.  “I arrived in Granite Falls, Minnesota after a 2.5 hour drive, mostly through corn fields and teeny towns, at the end of July. I was [More]

Putting the Family in Family Medicine: Dr. Pietka’s Transition to Granite Falls

Cold winters and humid summers, the weather in Minnesota is something many of us dread; but for Dr. Magdalena Pietka it’s what makes her feel at home. Spending a majority of her life in Poland, Dr. Pietka and her husband moved to the United States 15 years ago after deciding they wanted to see the [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]

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]

From the Navy to Medicine, Dr. Mark Eakes Pursuing His Dream in Granite Falls

After more than 20 years in the Navy, family medicine physician Dr. Mark Eakes finally has the opportunity to pursue his dream of being a doctor. “I went into the Navy in 1982 and met my wife Debbie after moving to San Diego to begin my Naval career. Over eight years, we had five coast-to-coast [More]

Medical Student Kristin Comstock Reflects on Rotations at ACMC-Granite Falls

As a third-year medical student, I am studying and working at ACMC-Granite Falls under Dr. Art Rillo. Originally from Roseau, Minn., I am studying medicine through the University of Minnesota.  I completed my first two years of medical school in Duluth. The Rural Physicians Associates Program Led Me to ACMC in Granite Falls Going into [More]

Family Medicine a Family Affair for ACMC-Granite Falls Doctors Kenneth and Darrell Carter

Growing up on a farm in Ada, Minn., Drs. Kenneth and Darrell Carter never would have guessed they would pursue careers in family medicine. Nor did either expect to serve the same community for more than 40 years. Dr. Ken has been seeing patients there since 1970 and Dr. Darrell since 1972. When Dr. Ken [More]

Mammograms, Breast Ultrasounds and MRI’s: What’s It All Mean?

The key to saving lives from breast cancer is early detection.  When women reach the age of 40 (or earlier if at high risk), it is recommended that an annual mammogram test is completed.  Mammograms can’t keep women from getting breast cancer; their primary purpose is to assist in detecting breast cancer sooner than it [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]