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River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic in St. Peter was one of 139 hospitals and nursing homes from around the state recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health for achieving high influenza vaccination rates among facility employees during the 2016-17 flu season.  More than 90 percent of the staff received the influenza vaccination, earning a blue ribbon from the MDH.

The FluSafe program aims to get 100 percent of all health care personnel at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota, except those with medical exemptions, vaccinated against influenza each season. According to state health officials, unvaccinated health care workers can potentially pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications from influenza.

“Our patients’ health is our top priority,” said Janelle Rauchman, Chief Quality Officer of River’s Edge Hospital. “Participating in the FluSafe program helps us increase employee influenza vaccination rates and prevent flu from spreading to our patients. We also want all of our employees to be as healthy as possible during flu season.”

Health care facilities participating in the FluSafe program receive guidance and access to tools and promotional materials from MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help them increase their influenza vaccination rates. The facilities record and document their vaccination rates through the state’s immunization information system, the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC).

More information on the FluSafe program, including a list of the 2016-17 facilities earning blue, red, and white ribbons, can be found on mdhflu.com.

I CAN Prevent Diabetes ®, a diabetes prevention program held at River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic, has received re-accreditation from the Centers for Disease Control.

The class, led by Jennifer Donkin, registered dietician and Nicole Boelter, exercise physiologist at River’s Edge, is a 12-month program for people who are at risk for type 2 diabetes.  It focuses on weight loss and increased physical activity.

Donkin has been leading the I CAN Prevent Diabetes ® class since January 2012 and has been sending data to the CDC for 4 years.  “It has been rewarding to work with the participants and see the progress they make in changing their lifestyle over the course of a year,” said Donkin.

Evaluators from the CDC noted that River’s Edge has met all the requirements for accreditation.  “This is a remarkable achievement of which you should be very proud.”

Participants are eligible if they have had a blood test indicating pre-diabetes or by taking a risk assessment at their doctor’s office.  Donkin said local providers are supportive of the class because they see the benefits.

The next I CAN Prevent Diabetes® class begins on August 22 at 6 p.m.  For more information, contact Jennifer Donkin at 507-934-7694.

PETER, MN— River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic has been awarded the Women’s Choice Award America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care. One of 320 hospital emergency departments in the nation receiving the award, River’s Edge has been recognized for timely and life-saving care.

“Earning this award shows our ongoing commitment to families within our community. Our team of healthcare professionals puts the health and safety of the community first, and works tirelessly to provide families in the St. Peter area with the highest level of patient care,” said George Rohrich, Chief Executive Officer.

Hospitals that achieve a high level of patient satisfaction are eligible to receive the Women’s Choice Award.  The methodology for America’s Best Hospital’s for Emergency Care award is unique in that it combines Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) on June 2 honored innovate programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony.

River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic was awarded the Best Hospital Workplace in the small hospital category for the second consecutive year for its work in enhancing the interviewing and onboarding experience for staff and working with department leaders to identify reasons for turnover and implementing best practices for retention.

“The staff at River’s Edge are the best and provide excellent patient care,” said Jackie Kimmet, Chief Human Resource Officer.  “It is an honor to work with such a dedicated group of individuals.”

Seventeen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.

“Each day, all across the state, Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are working to strengthen the health of our communities,” said MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa. “Our exceptional care teams set the bar high for patient care and for meeting the needs of their communities.  Thanks to their expertise, diligence and commitment to excellence, Minnesota’s hospitals continue to be among the best in the nation.”

Thank you to everyone who came out in the pouring rain to attend the 2017 Bike Safety Rodeo presented by River’s Edge and the St. Peter Police Department. While we were not able to have the safety course, we will gave out 161 bike helmets and had a lot of fun!
Special Thanks to generous donations from The Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation, REHC Medical Staff, Angie’s BoomChickaPop, Pepsi of Mankato, St. Peter Rotary, St. Peter Kiwanis, St. Peter Lions, Family Fresh Market and Allina EMS.
And, of course, all the REHC Staff and their family members and St. Peter Police Reserves who helped cook, serve food and fit helmets. This event could not happen without all of you!

River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic is a Center of Excellence for hip and knee replacements

 

ST. PETER, MN— River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic has been recognized as a DNV GL Healthcare certified Hip & Knee Replacement Center. The DNV GL Healthcare Hip and Knee Replacement Certification, based on standards set forth by DNV GL Healthcare and considering the guidelines of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, recognizes program excellence in patient care and outcomes.

DNV GL Healthcare certification as a Hip & Knee Replacement Center validates the hospital’s excellence across the spectrum of hip and knee replacement care, from diagnosis to treatment, rehabilitation, education and outcomes.

“This certification tells our community that we have the resources and commitment to provide the best possible care for Hip and Knee replacement,” says George Rohrich, CEO at River’s Edge. “It’s a combination of the right equipment, personnel and training to exhibit excellence in orthopedic surgery within the scope of Hip and Knee Replacement and related procedures. Achieving certification validates all the effort we have put into this program to ensure the health and safety of our patients.”

“This is a great accomplishment for REHC and the OrthoEdge program. It’s this kind of quality care that both REHC and OFC are known for. We have known that the care we provide is exceptional and that has now been confirmed by DNV GL. We would like to congratulate the hospital staff, administration, and physicians for their dedication and hard work to achieve this certification. Being a Center of Excellence in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty is important for the patient, community, and the region,” said Andrew Meyers, CEO at The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic.

“Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence,” says Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL Healthcare. “It helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”

 

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River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic provides a wide range of healthcare services, combining state-of-the-art technology with compassionate care, collaboration, integrity and stewardship. 

 

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