January 17, 2018

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Putting Patients First: Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith on the Importance of Rural Health Care

From the editor of her school newspaper, to physician, to health system CEO, Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith never imagined she would have the career she does today. Growing up, she didn’t dream of becoming a doctor as many physicians do. Instead, with a passion for literature and languages, Dr. Smith had ambitions to pursue a [More]

Dr. Ronald Holmgren Building a Legacy of Leadership at ACMC

Family medicine physician and ACMC president and CEO Dr. Ronald Holmgren always planned on setting up practice in a more rural area. He had spent his Rural Physician Associates Program (RPAP) experience training in Clara City. As part of his rotations during RPAP, he became more familiar with Willmar, traveling to Rice Memorial Hospital to [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]