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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:
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.

Rivers Edge Hospital & Clinic

Receives National Recognition for Performance Leadership in Outcomes and Patient Perspectives


St Peter, MN, November 19, 2015 – Rivers Edge Hospital & Clinic today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Outcomes and Patient Perspectives, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said George Rohrich, CEO at River’s Edge. “The staff has been working to improve processes to achieve higher level of patient satisfaction and positive outcomes.  This recognition validates their hard work.”

The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and 9 pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

“These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.


The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities

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River’s Edge receives 4 stars for patient experience

Rivers Edge Hospital recently received a 4 star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Quality Initiative.   The rating is based on survey data on patient experience collected by CMS from all hospitals. The results are compared to others hospitals and each are given a star rating. The more stars, with 5 being the highest equals the better quality of care at the facility.

“The 4-star ranking confirms what our patients are telling us. They have a good experience at River’s Edge,” said George Rohrich, River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic CEO. “The results also show us opportunities to improve patient experience to even higher levels.”

When the star rankings were first released, rural hospitals like River’s Edge Hospital were not included in the rankings. Now all small and large hospitals are rated on the same 11 patient experience measures.

New Ulm Medical Center received 5 stars from CMS as did Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague. Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato received 3 stars.

River’s Edge Hospital was above or at the Minnesota average for 8 of the 11 measures that include highly recommending the hospital to room cleanliness and communication with doctors and nurses.

For more information on the Hospital Compare rankings visit

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.