The Board of Directors of Rice Memorial Hospital and Trustees of Rice Health Foundation extend a heartfelt THANKS to all who supported the 2017 Gala Dinner and Auctions. Preliminary gross proceeds now total $277,150, which will benefit Emergency Services at Rice. Your support will help Rice ensure the safety of patients and the staff who care for them.
We are grateful for the continuing support from area businesses, donors, sponsors, partners, physicians, contributors, guests, volunteers and staff. A special note of gratitude to all emergency services professionals.
Why We’re Here
Rice Memorial Hospital — the heart of the Willmar community — could not exist without the generous philanthropic support of our area residents. Each year, 100% of the proceeds from the Gala are reinvested back into the community to support Rice Hospital initiatives.
2017 Beneficiary – Emergency Services at Rice
Our Emergency Room served 13,351 patients of all ages from Kandiyohi and surrounding counties in 2016. Many patients seen in our ER have emergencies involving mental illness or substance abuse, posing a threat to themselves and others. Emergency Departments across the country have transitioned to secured, monitored environments requiring on-site security officers to safely manage these types of patients. It is now time for Rice to make similar changes to enable our ER staff safely care for the myriad of emergencies they respond to daily.
The funds raised will help strengthen emergency services provided in the Rice Hospital Emergency Room, and ensure the safety of patients and the staff who care for them.
Your support will mitigate the safety risk to patients, visitors and staff; allowing Rice to remain proactive in preventing violence in the ER and throughout our Hospital by:
- Increasing staff ability to more clearly observe patients and visitors in the waiting area
- Improving patient flow by minimizing contact between discharged patients and patients seeking care
- Relocating security staff to the ER
Sponsors provide the funding that make it all possible!
Thank you to our many sponsors! Take a look at the sponsor list here.