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The Services Available through Minnesota Pathologists Chartered

We offer dependable, high quality, and cost effective services for clinicians and patients.
surgical pathology | molecular diagnostic | frozen section | cytology | clinical laboratory | blood bank | on-call pathologist | education
Surgical Pathology

Our surgical pathology practice is based at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minnesota. All of our pathologists have residence training insurgical patholgy. Two pathologists have fellowship training insurgical pathology.

We offer routine turn around time of 24-48 hours for biopsies and surgical resection specimens.

Frequent intradepartmental consultations ensure high quality. When warranted, external consultations can provide additional confirmation and information.

We offer a synoptic reporting system for cancerous resection specimens which provides all of the necessary grading and staging information.

Our immunoperoxidase laboratory offers assistance for difficult diagnostic problems.

If your biopsy was interpreted elsewhere, we are happy to review it for additional peace of mind.

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Molecular Diagnostic Services

We provide immunostaining for Estrogen and Progesterone receptors and Her-2/neu oncogene for every breast cancer.

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Frozen Section

We offer frozen section services at Rice Memorial Hospital as well as at all of our outreach sites:

  • Appleton
  • Benson
  • Dawson
  • Glenwood
  • Granite Falls
  • Litchfield
  • Madison
  • Marshall
  • Montevideo
  • Olivia
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Our cytopathology laboratory is located at Rice. Each pathologist has training and experience in cytopathology. One pathologist has subspecialty board certification in cytopathology.

We offer expert, timely, and cost-effective interpretation of Papanicolaou smears and non-GYN cytology specimens. Fine needle aspirate specimens are interpreted with expertise, and FNAs are performed on superficial lesions.

Clinical Laboratory

Each of our pathologists has training and expertise in clinical pathology, and each has an area of special interest. We serve as consulting pathologists or medical directors for laboratories in ten hospitals throughout the region.

We offer assistance in test selection and interpretation, laboratory policies and procedures, instrumentation, staffing concerns, and other areas. We also perform and interpret bone marrow aspirates and biopsies from the posterior superior iliac crest.

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Blood Bank

Expert consultation in the blood bank is available from our fellowship-trained pathologist.

We can assist with component selection and help with a broad spectrum of blood bank issues.

On-Call Pathologist

A pathologist is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

To reach the on-call pathologist, please call:

800.922-RICE (Minnesota only)

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Our pathologists routinely provide educational presentations to physicians and laboratory technologists on a variety of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine topics.

To inquire, please contact:


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Minnesota Pathologists Chartered
301 Becker Avenue SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Phone 320.231.4500
Fax 320.231.4861

Lee Cafferty, M.D., Patricia Hoeft, M.D., Steve Vanderwerf, M.D., Kent Donelan, M.D., Leah Dvorak, M.D.
Serving: Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Redwood, Renville, Swift, and Yellow Medicine Counties.