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A new 2016 ambulance was delivered to River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic on September 26.

The River’s Edge Hospital Foundation began a fundraising campaign in 2015 to raise money to assist the hospital in the purchase of the vehicle.  In the spring of 2016, the Foundation had raised $125,000 through private, business and service group donations along with grants from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation and Mankato Clinic Foundation.  River’s Edge Hospital contributed $80,000 for the purchase of the ambulance.

The new ambulance replaces a 2002 ambulance.  That vehicle will be donated.  The 2006 ambulance will remain in service.

A community open house will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 3 p .m. at River’s Edge Hospital to thank all the donors and community members for their support of the hospital and EMS department.  The new ambulance will be available at the open house for viewing.

Exercise, movement and balance; the older we get, the harder it gets to do these things.

Worn hip and knee joints, arthritis, and diseases that cause muscle weakness limit how much an individual can do.

Nicole Boelter, exercise physiologist at River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic, is starting two new programs to help adults with mobility issues make lifestyle changes to increase strength and mobility.

“If you want to continue to feel good, you have to make changes,” Boelter said.

The first program is called OrthoStrong and is a part of the River’s Edge and Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic’s OrthoEdge joint replacement program.

Research shows that the stronger patients who need joint replacement surgery are before their surgery, the sooner they will recover from surgery.

OrthoStrong is a pre-surgery and post-surgical exercise class developed by Boelter and the physical therapists at River’s Edge and OFC.  People who join the program will receive a reduced rate membership until their surgery date to LiveWell Fitness , the medical gym at River’s Edge.  Participants will meet with Boelter, learn proper execution of exercises featured in the OrthoEdge joint replacement book.

Following surgery and physical therapy, participants can join an exercise/support class.  This class will include a variety of exercises including range of motion and strengthening exercises, walking, tips and tools to get back to normal activity.

Boelter said the program will also help patient build strength and confidence prior to their surgery.

Another benefit of the program is the social aspect of the program.  Boelter said the support people receive in groups like this is just as healing as the exercise itself.  Members talk about what life was like before joint replacement, pain management and give tips and suggestions for others who are about to go through similar procedures.

“We want people to have successful outcomes,” said Boelter.

I CAN Prevent Diabetes ®, a diabetes prevention program held at River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic, has recently received 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 3 years.

“We’ve been successful in making adjustments to the program,” she said. “We follow the guidelines for outcomes the CDC is recommending.”

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 23.  For more information, contact Jennifer Donkin at 507-934-7694.

Minnesota hospital programs, leaders honored

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) on May 20 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 32nd annual awards ceremony.
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.”

The awards and recipients are:
American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion: Dr. Steven Mulder, president and CEO, Hutchinson Health
Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace: Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Saint Paul; River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic, Saint Peter
Caregiver of the Year: Dr. Andrew Kopperud, Sanford Westbrook Medical Center
Community Benefit: Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls; Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby
Good Catch for Patient Safety: Sherrie Eischens, RN, CHI St. Joseph’s Health, Park Rapids
Innovation of the Year in Patient Care: Regions Hospital, Saint Paul; New Ulm Medical Center
Patient Safety Improvement: Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Saint Paul; River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic, Saint Peter
Public Achievement: The Honorable Lucinda Jesson, former commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Spirit of Advocacy: Joy Plamann, section director of hospital medicine, CentraCare Health
Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award: John Fossum, CEO, Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital
Trustee of the Year: Ron Osladil, Essentia Health-Sandstone
Volunteer of the Year Award: Bob Nelson, St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Health
Associate Member of the Year: Witt/Kieffer
Please visit our website for descriptions of the 2016 award winners: www.mnhospitals.org/about/mha-awards
The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 137 hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities.

River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic recently completed a digital radiography upgrade to the x-ray equipment in the imaging department.

The switch from computed radiography (CR) to digital radiography (DR) means up to a 40 percent reduction in radiation exposure for patients and physicians receive images up to 10 minutes faster than before.

“We love it,” said Kim Henze, Imaging Services Manager at River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic.  “The training was easy, the system is really user friendly.”

Prior to the upgrade, the radiologic technologists would position the patient and the area to be imaged onto a cassette and then would expose the cassette.  The cassette would then be removed from under the patient and placed into the machine that would create the digital image in about 90 seconds.   After making sure the image was okay, the technologist would have to reposition the patient for the next image, place a new cassette under the patient and repeat the process.

Now, with the new digital radiography system there is an imaging plate and not cassettes.  Once the plate is placed under the patient it does not have to be removed, this will greatly decrease the amount of discomfort the patient feels during the exam. Once the images have been taken the picture appears in under 6 seconds.

In addition to the digital radiography upgrade in the x-ray rooms, River’s Edge also upgraded its mobile units to digital radiography.  The technologists bring the machine into the surgery suite to take images needed by the surgeon.  Images appear within seconds and the technologist does not have to leave the surgical suite to take the cassette back to the machine that creates the image.  These mobile units are also used at the patient’s bedside, when needed, and the Hospitalist will be able to see the images in seconds as well.

Henze said the new digital radiography upgrade to the mobile equipment allows for decreased “in and out time” by the tech in surgery and it ultimately reduces surgical and anesthesia time for the patient.

bruns digital x rayThe digital radiography upgrade was retrofitted to the existing equipment in the two x-ray rooms, the existing mobile unit and the purchase of a second mobile unit.  The $194,000 upgrade was part of the hospital’s 2015 capital improvement plan.