Business Briefs for May 15

ACMC Health, Rice Memorial Hospital break ground on new Willmar Surgery Center

Together with community leaders and city officials, ACMC Health and Rice Memorial Hospital broke ground last week on a new $11 million ambulatory surgery center. The new Willmar Surgery Center will be the second generation of their current facility and offer expanded same-day outpatient surgeries and procedures.

Willmar Medical Services President and Rice Memorial Hospital CEO Mike Schramm kicked off the groundbreaking ceremony by talking about the future of healthcare and the benefits this new facility will bring to patients and surgeons in our community.

“We’re constantly working to identify new ways to make quality care more efficient and accessible through innovations such as the Willmar Surgery Center,” said Schramm. “By partnering on the second generation of the surgery center, we are working together to respond to the healthcare needs of our community.”

The current Willmar Surgery Center, located on the south end of the ACMC campus, has been serving patients since they opened their doors in December 1986. Thirty years later there is a definite need for more space as well as improvements to reflect the changing needs of outpatient care settings. The new, larger facility will accommodate higher patient volumes by more than doubling the current space to 29,370 square feet. It will include 16 additional rooms for patient areas such as pre-op, recovery, operating and consulting. It will also offer larger reception, waiting and billing areas for increased patient privacy and comfort. The new facility is designed to accommodate future growth with space for additional surgeons and staff.

“Outpatient, same-day surgeries are on the rise due to advancements in surgical technologies and techniques,” said Willmar Medical Services Vice President and ACMC President/CEO Cindy Firkins Smith, M.D. “Not only does our surgery center focus on ensuring that our patients have the best surgical experience possible, it also allows us to offer patients a convenient, cost-effective option.”

Currently the Willmar Surgery Center performs nearly 7,000 procedures a year and is utilized by 37 different physicians. They will remain open and serving patients until the new facility opens in the summer of 2018.

The new facility will be located on the southwest end of the ACMC-Willmar campus, northwest of the current surgery center location. Demolition of the existing concrete and asphalt on the new site began last week.

State of manufacturing survey discussed May 22 at SMSU

On May 22, Enterprise Minnesota and the Southwest Initiative Foundation will be in Marshall to unveil the results of the ninth annual State of Manufacturing survey, which provides key insights on Minnesota’s manufacturing outlook and the top issues facing the industry. The State of Manufacturing is the most comprehensive survey of Minnesota’s manufacturers.

The event is from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, May 22, at Southwest Minnesota State University, Conference Center — Upper Ballroom.

Enterprise Minnesota conducted phone surveys with over 400 Minnesota manufacturing executives and held focus groups across the state to understand manufacturers’ perceptions and opinions on current economic conditions and other factors impacting business.

The survey data will be analyzed by region to provide greater local insights.

This is an important event celebrating southwest Minnesota’s manufacturing industry and it is open to manufacturers and other businesses supporting the industry, educators, elected officials, economic development professionals, granting agencies and members of the media. Attendees will receive a book revealing a compilation of the results and a summary of the findings.

The event will feature: a briefing of the 2017 survey results; a panel discussion moderated by Bob Kill, president and CEO, Enterprise Minnesota.

Panel members are: Jeff Breitzman, president and CEO, Bedford Technology, Worthington; Cal Brink, director, Marshall Economic Development Authority, Marshall; Jacque Peters, Human Resources Manager, Chandler Industries, Montevideo; Wayne Wormstadt, superintendent, Windom Area School District, Windom; The State of Manufacturing 2017 — Southwest Minnesota.