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Doctors change practices to cut wasteful medical spending

April 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Old checklist for doctors: order that test, write that prescription. New checklist for doctors: first ask yourself if the patient really needs it.
Nine medical societies representing nearly 375,000 physicians are challenging the widely held perception that more health care is better, releasing lists Wednesday of tests and treatments their members should no longer automatically order. Continue Reading

MARILYN HAGERTY: States Ballroom, Graham doctors: Gone but not forgotten

March 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When did the States Ballroom burn down? Whatever happened to the Graham doctors? These are the questions you hear asked now and then. A phone visit with Jean McDonald Johnson in San Diego, Calif., sheds light on the States Ballroom that was the place to go in the 1930s and 1940s. Long time residents of Grand Forks remember it so fondly. Continue Reading

1980s ‘All My Children’ cast member, wife of Minnesota doctor, drowns off Cancun coast

January 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Andrea Schenck, 55, a cast member of “All My Children” in the early 1980s, went by Andrea Moar professionally. She portrayed Carrie Sanders Tyler on the long-running daytime drama. Continue Reading

U of M program for immigrant doctors loses funding

August 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Lawmakers eliminated funding for the $150,000 program during the last-minute negotiations.
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CANADA: Aging Boomers with chronic illnesses devour physician resources

June 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s the second Canadian national report in the space of a week warning that chronic illness is pushing Canada’s health-care system to the brink. Continue Reading

Jack Kevorkian, assisted suicide advocate, dies at age 83

June 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist who captured the world’s attention as he helped dozens of ailing people commit suicide, igniting intense debate and ending up in prison for murder, has died in a Detroit area hospital after a short illness. Continue Reading

Hospital board endorses strategic plan and priorities for 2011

March 20, 2011 in West Central Tribune

WILLMAR Cardiology and nephrology will be two of the focus areas as Rice Memorial Hospital seeks to strengthen and expand some of its services this year.
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8 OVER 80: Not-so-retired doctor, 94, evaluates disability claims

November 21, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Ed Laskowski’s co-workers have told him there’s a mandatory retirement in his future. The 94-year-old Bismarck man isn’t too worried. He still has 5½ years until his “forced” retirement at age 100. Open the article to see the video that accompanies this story.
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Doctors in demand: Primary problem

August 7, 2010 in INFORUM

Area health care providers say future shortage of primary care and family medicine doctors needs attention now
When Dr. Richard Vetter added up the number of doctors over age 50 at Innovis Health a year ago, the result was none too promising. Continue Reading