December 17, 2018

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Juggling Medical School and a Family Illness

ACMC medical student Emily Korman had a normal childhood. She grew up in Cold Springs, Minn., with her mom, a teacher, and dad, a farmer, and her older sister. By the second grade, Emily knew she wanted to be a doctor. Now she’s making that dream come true as a medical student at Des Moines [More]

A Typical “On-Call” Weekend in Minnesota Lake Country

I’m a family medicine physician with an ACMC affiliate in Litchfield, Minn., – a town of about 6,500 people.  I’m often asked what the lifestyle is like in Litchfield, especially from other physicians living in metro areas. Here’s the key – I live on a lake inside the city limits and it takes me about two minutes to [More]

I Care for the Community that Cares for Me!

I guess when I look back you could probably ask my classmates and they would tell you that it was as early as sixth grade that I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. I grew up in rural Spicer, Minn., and I knew that this was the size of community I wanted to [More]

ACMC Offers Flexibility for my Medical Career and Family

I start my day at 5:30am with a cup of coffee relaxing, thinking about the events of the day while listening to the still of the house. As the pitter patter of little feet come down the hall, the mom hat goes on as I help my boys Camden (7) and Kilen (5) get ready [More]

My Roots and My Passion Have Always Been with Rural Medicine

A native of Litchfield, MN, Dr. Ronald Holmgren’s first experiences with Willmar Clinic (now known as ACMC) were as a third year medical student participating in the Rural Physicians Associate Program (RPAP).  In 1977, Dr. Holmgren returned to Willmar to start his practice and today is currently the President and CEO of Affiliated Community Medical [More]

Hyper-what? Why Does My Doc Keep Hounding Me about My Blood Pressure?

Hyper-what?  Why does my doc keep hounding me about my blood pressure? Let’s take the confusion out of high blood pressure by pretending your cardiovascular system is nothing but a system of the following three parts: Pump Pipes Filter The Pump: If any pump is required to push against higher pressures long enough, it is [More]

Surgical Mission in Haiti a Memorable Experience

Imagine yourself in a third world country practicing medicine. The medical compound serves 30,000 or more people that depend on one medical staff person and traveling surgical teams to help people in need of care. In April 2011, Dr. Kevin Unger, a Urologist at ACMC in Willmar, gathered a team of local medical experts and [More]

Why Does My Child Keep Getting Ear Infections?

Why does my child keep getting ear infections?  I’m a parent too, so I feel your (and your children’s) pain! Here’s a simple analogy.  Let’s pretend the eardrum is the bottom of an open, empty bottle.  The space in the bottle is filled with nothing but air.  If infection begins to accumulate in the open [More]

HDL, LDL, VLDL, triglycerides…what’s it all mean?

Ever wonder about the alphabet soup called the cholesterol panel?  Here is the basic analogy I give my patients, and it covers 90% or more of their issues.  The more complex cases we will leave for another day. The LDL is your “bad cholesterol”, but we’re just going to call it the “garbage”.  It clogs [More]

ACMC Achieves MGMA Superior Rating

I think there are many factors that helped us achieve Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Superior Rating for the second year in a row.  The size of our organization is a huge benefit; it allows for us to get very good at administering the back room operations of the clinic in diverse areas such as coding. [More]