December 17, 2017

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Vanishing Veins: Dr. Katie Reigstad on Providing a Surgical Solution for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins aren’t pretty but for many of us, they’re a fact of life. Those unsightly blue veins are more common than you may have realized, with nearly 1/3 of Americans developing them throughout their lives. Unfortunately, varicose veins can be more than just a cosmetic concern. Extreme pain, swelling, itching, and achy legs have [More]

Dr. Harley Pakola on His 30-Year Career as an Anesthesiologist with the Willmar Surgery Center

From the time the first Willmar Surgery Center’s doors opened in December of 1986, Anesthesiologist, Dr. Harley Pakola, has been on the surgical team. Now, 30 years later, the construction of the second-generation surgery center is underway. As Dr. Pakola prepares to transition to the new facility, he reflects on his career with ACMC and [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]

From the West Coast to Willmar: Dr. Katie Reigstad’s Road Back Home

It has been nearly 14 years since Dr. Katie Reigstad graduated from Willmar High School. Since leaving her hometown, Dr. Reigstad experienced California, Ohio, and Utah before deciding there really was no place like home. Now, with medical school behind her and a bright future ahead, Dr. Reigstad has returned to Willmar to move forward [More]

An Easier Solution for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. They usually develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin. Varicose veins are often genetic, although aging, being overweight or pregnant or having a job that requires long periods of standing can lead to varicose veins, too. What are Varicose [More]

What is an Ambulatory Surgery Center?

Forty-five years ago, the first ambulatory surgery center (ASC) was established in Phoenix, Ariz., by two physicians who wanted to provide more timely, convenient and comfortable surgical services for their patients. Today there are more than 5,300 ASCs in the United States, and they perform 23 million surgeries annually. Willmar Surgery Center and the ACMC-Marshall Surgery [More]