June 27, 2017

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Medical Student Brooklyn Leitch and Her Path to Pediatrics

Growing up, Brooklyn Leitch wasn’t sure what she wanted to do for a career. What she did know was that she wanted to do something where she could care for children. In high school, when classmates were getting jobs at department stores or restaurants, Brooklyn spent her time babysitting. That’s what sparked the passion that [More]

Finding His Fit: Dr. Nathanial Slinkard on Building an Orthopedic Practice in Willmar

If you ask Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Nathanial Slinkard where he saw himself after medical school, ACMC Health would be it. His checklist included finding a rural healthcare facility that offers high quality care for everyone from athletes to the elderly. At ACMC, he has found just that. With a focus on joint repair, total joint [More]

Pharmacy Residency Brought to ACMC

ACMC Health, in collaboration with Cash Wise Clinic Pharmacy in Willmar, is excited to host its first Pharmacy resident. This residency, which is focused on Ambulatory Care, is being offered by the University of Minnesota. An Ambulatory Care pharmacist has the advanced knowledge and expertise to focus on the special needs of patients who have [More]

Breaking Barriers: Medical Student Brings Fitness to Somali Women

In an empty classroom at a repurposed elementary school building in Willmar, Minnesota, third-year medical student, Robin Sautter, created a place where Somali women could exercise in a setting that met their cultural and physical activity needs. In the transition from their home country, Somali refugee women often had to alter their active lifestyles when entering a westernized [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]

Traveling, Medicine and Third-Year Medical Student Molly Manthe

Whether it’s a cross-country trip or a trip overseas, Molly Manthe has always loved traveling.   As a third-year Des Moines University medical student, Molly is spending the school year on rotation at ACMC in Willmar. Although with her busy medical student schedule, it’s been impossible to pack up and hit the road lately—other than 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]

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]