ACMC HealthMedical Service in Willmar, Minnesota
I really wish they would get their act straight and not act like nothing happened or put patients in a vulnerable
On New Year's Eve I had kidney stones, I waited for awhile in the waiting area. W...hen I finally got in the room the nurse said "Well we are closing in 45 minutes so go to the ER. I asked if I could have my normal medication
The ER is very expensive,
Finally, after a day of waiting I went in and saw the doctor, asked for my normal medication
A few months later... I got a huge bill for my New Years Eve visit when they refused to help me and sent me to the ER! They said "We coded it wrong."
The last THREE VISITS have been "coded" wrong and I've been charged way more than I should have been. Health care is very expensive the way it is.... and to be charged the wrong amount multiple times is very disappoint
Thanks for fixing the issues but I will no longer return to ACMC.
That message should have been updated to say the clinic was closed from noon to five. Plain and simple.
Our staff has so many talents! ACMC Lab Manager, Judy Raske, recently participated in Cosmos Community Theatre’s production of “Feudin’, Fightin’ & Fussin” on March 11, 12 and 13th.
Judy played the role of Maw Fernheiser, Paw’s wife with lots of
Great job, Judy!
Have you had the chance to meet this week's Featured Employee, Amber Engesser? She works as a nurse at our Marshall clinic. Learn a little about Amber and her role at ACMC...
"I am a Certified Medical Assistant, and have worked here for a little over 2 years. I started at ACMC as a float nurse and have been station support for pediatrics/internal medicine for almost a year. Before coming to ACMC, I worked in several different daycares, all in the infant room, where I cared fo...r many infants (usually up to 8 at time!) I also subbed in several schools as a Paraprofessional.
Currently, I help all of the other nurses and doctors with their patients and messages. I take vitals, answer phone messages, and anything else the other nurses need!
The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that the smile on my face may help calm anyone who is nervous about being in the clinic or who just isn't feeling well. The most challenging part of my job is seeing babies or children who are really sick.
I love my job here and the amazing people that I work with. My coworkers are such fun people and they have taught me so much in my 2 years working at ACMC.
I grew up in Tracy, MN and graduated high school in 2005. It took me a really long time to figure out exactly what I wanted to do in life. I got my A.S. in child development and worked as a child care provider and a Paraprofessional for many years before going back and getting my A.S. and certification as a Medical Assistant. I now live in Cottonwood with my boyfriend, Terrance and our 1-year old son Colt.
When I am not at work, I like to spend time with my family and friends. We like to be outdoors, fishing or hunting. I do more fishing then hunting. I also like to sing karaoke occasionally if I get the chance! Something people might not know about me is that I have been swimming with manatees twice!"
Good luck and congratulations to all of our local athletes who are playing in the Section and State basketball tournaments this week!
We are GIVING AWAY some of our ACMC basketball stress balls. Wish your favorite athlete good luck or congratulations and you will be registered to WIN!
Did you know that you can receive your prenatal care at ACMC?
Dr. Jill Vroman explains how you can get all the prenatal services you and your baby need right at ACMC. We even work with our local hospitals to provide labor and delivery care.
If you're considering bringing a baby into the world, discuss prenatal care with your local obstetrics provider!
There are many things in our life that can prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep. Maybe you’re the parent of young children or your work schedule changes frequently. No matter what the cause, we’ve all had those groggy mornings where caffeine is the only thing getting you through the day.
You may think that skimping on sleep is no big deal. You’ll catch up eventually, right?
If you have one bad night of sleep, you’ll likely wake up feeling irritable, sluggish and dow...nright grumpy. This is because your brain is exhausted and functioning at a decreased level. This can make tasks more difficult and increases your odds of making critical errors.
But what happens if you aren’t getting adequate sleep for several days or even weeks in a row? The truth is, sleep deprivation can be extremely harmful to our overall health. People who don’t get the recommended hours of sleep regularly put themselves at risk for several serious conditions.
Similar to air or food, our bodies need sleep in order to function. When your head hits the pillow your body is healing itself, restoring the natural chemical balance we need. When our body lacks the sleep it needs, our immune systems struggle and has a hard time hitting off illness. It also becomes more difficult to recover when we do get sick if your sleep patterns are out of sorts.
Sleep is also important for our mental health. If you aren’t giving your brain the rest it needs, you could experience memory loss, difficulty with concentration, and shifts to your overall mood. Chronic sleep deprivation can even lead to the development of anxiety and depression.
As for our overall health, lack of sleep puts us at a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. This is because our bodies can’t regulate critical functions such as the release of insulin and our blood pressure when it hasn’t had adequate rest.
In addition, weight gain is also associated with those sleepless nights. When we don’t get enough sleep, the chemicals that normally communicate that we’re full, aren’t getting to the brain. This means more snack attacks and accidentally overindulging.
So how much sleep do we actually need? Most healthy adults require between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each day. But it’s important to note that just crawling into bed for 7 hours isn’t always enough. Our bodies need quality sleep meaning that it must enter each stage of the sleep cycle. To help yourself sleep more soundly, avoid the use of alcohol, nicotine, and distractions such as light and sound that could wake you during the night (for most of us, this means turning off the tv).
How can you tell if you are getting enough sleep? Here are a few indicators:
-Hit your snooze in the morning.
-Feel sluggish or need a nap during the day.
-Feel tired in meetings, while driving, or after meals.
Winter can put a damper on your normal workout routine. It's important to find ways to stay active even on these snowy, cold days.
Some of our staff find time on their lunch breaks to walk the halls at our clinics. This is also a great way to feel refreshed and energized throughout the day.
Pictured are staff members from our Willmar clinic: Trista Kavanagh, Julie Jorgenson, Marilyn Gilman and Pat Hagen...
Here are a few tips for creating a walking routine in your office:
-Find a walking partner/group you can depend on for a daily walk.
-Leave a pair of walking shoes at your desk.
-Create an indoor and outdoor route so you have options depending on the weather.
We're pleased to announce that Dr. Steven Meister has successfully earned the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) certificate from The American Association for Physician Leadership.
Meister was awarded the status of Certified Physician Executive based on his superior levels of professional excellence and management education while also demonstrating effective health care industry knowledge and leadership skills.
This certification coincides with Meister's recently announced ...role as Physician Vice President of Clinical Support Services for the newly formed Carris Health, a partnership between ACMC Health, Rice Memorial Hospital and CentraCare Health.
"By attaining CPE certification, I am better prepared to help guide the direction and improvement of health care delivery in rural Minnesota," Meister said.
Congratulations Dr. Meister!
Due to the weather, the Marshall, Redwood Falls, Granite Falls, Willmar, and New London clinics will be closing today, March 5th, at 3:00pm.
Litchfield clinic will be closing at 3:30 pm.
Willmar's Urgent Care will remain open until 4:00 pm.
The next Willmar Regional Cancer Center monthly Breast Cancer Peer Support Group will be held on Monday, March 5th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Garden Court conference room at Rice Hospital.
This group is for women of any age who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Contact Lisa at 320-231-4483 with any questions. Similar meetings will be held the 1st Monday of