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New Global Research Spurs Call for Urgent Action on Stroke Prevention

River’s Edge Hospital, St. Peter has today joined the global call for urgent action to prevent stroke. The call to action, issued by the World Stroke Organization to mark World Stroke Day on Sunday the 29th October, responds to new data that shows stroke was responsible for over 116 million years of life lived with disability (YLD) worldwide in 2016. This adds to existing global mortality data that positions stroke as the second largest cause of death.

There are an estimated 17 million strokes worldwide each year.  While stroke incidence and mortality rates in high income countries have been on the decline, progress is still slow and uneven. There are also indications that the risk factors for stroke such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes and smoking are becoming increasingly prevalent in both high and low-income countries. This has the potential to slow progress on stroke prevention.

River’s Edge Hospital is designated by the Minnesota Department of Health as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.  The MDH recognizes that River’s Edge has essential stoke protocols and systems in place for the best possible outcome for patients.  The Emergency Medical Staff (EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses and Physicians) are trained in quick identification and treatment of stroke symptoms.

Professor Werner Hacke, President of the World Stroke Organization said ‘On World Stroke Day 2017 our members are sending out a global message that stroke is preventable and that we all have good reasons to prevent it. We know that 90% of strokes are associated with just 10 risk factors that we can all do something about. Addressing these risk factors would not just have a major impact on stroke, they would also prevent deaths from other non-communicable diseases. Giving urgent priority to prevention now will yield obvious benefits in terms of reduced human, social and economic costs.’

World Stroke Day will be commemorated at events worldwide on 29th October 2017. More information can be found on the campaign website. www.worldstrokecampaign.org

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!