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September 2019

ST. PETER, MN— River’s Edge Hospital is leveraging Cloud-based technology to radically improve the governance process while saving staff time and taxpayer dollars. The remarkably easy-to-use service will allow the organization to maximize the effectiveness of their board meetings with increased transparency, providing a basis for better and more open communication with the public, while dramatically improving productivity and saving thousands of dollars annually.

The board management solution, called BoardDocsPro, is the fastest, easiest and most powerful paperless agenda solution on the market. BoardDocs Pro uses a structured, collaborative Workflow that is specifically designed to meet the unique needs and legal requirements of public school boards, county commissions, municipal governments and a wide variety of other types of governing bodies. Additionally, through the MetaSearch feature, members of the governing body will also have access to best practices from other organizations that are using the system, allowing them to gain important knowledge about initiatives other governing bodies have considered and implemented. 

Electronic distribution will not only save time and resources, but it will also provide unprecedented public access via the River’s Edge Hospital Web site to agenda items and other board-related information. This process will allow interested parties to review information prior to meetings. After the meeting, individuals can review the agenda items and see what action the board took, complete with voting results. All documents associated with the meeting are automatically archived and can be accessed by date or by using the system’s comprehensive Search feature.

The new board management features can be accessed via the organization’s Web site at https://go.boarddocs.com/mn/rehc/board.nsf/Public.

River’s Edge Hospital  was among 69 hospitals and nursing homes from around the state recognized today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for achieving high influenza vaccination rates among facility employees during the 2018-19 flu season.

For the 2018-19 season, 93 percent of River’s Edge Hospital employee, received influenza vaccinations. In addition to aiming for 90% or higher influenza vaccination rates among employees, participating FluSafe facilities also worked to address a barrier to vaccination during the past season. 

The FluSafe program aims to get 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, RN, 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.”

Of the 109 facilities that participated in FluSafe this year, 69 were recognized by MDH for achieving flu vaccination rates of 90% or higher among staff and reporting on a barrier to vaccination.

“We continue to be grateful for – and impressed by – the important steps participating facilities are taking to prevent flu through health care worker vaccination,” said Kristen Ehresmann, director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control at MDH.

 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 2018-19 facilities can be found on FluSafe Facilities (www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/flu/hcp/vaccine/flusafefac.html).

ST. PETER, MN— River’s Edge Hospital CEO George Rohrich submitted his resignation to Hospital Commission Chairperson Margie Nelsen and St. Peter City Administrator Todd Prafke on Thursday, September 5.  A special meeting of the River’s Edge Hospital Commission will be held on Wednesday, September 11 at 12:30 p.m. at River’s Edge Hospital to set a timeline for the hiring process to replace Mr. Rohrich.  Mr. Rohrich’s last day at River’s Edge Hospital is December 4, 2019.

George Rohrich joined River’s Edge Hospital in 2013.  At the time, River’s Edge Hospital had experienced low growth and consecutive years of a budget deficit.  Through his insightful and visionary leadership, Rohrich transformed the organization by growing service lines through strategic partnerships, encouraging a change in the culture of the organization to put people and patient first and make strategic investments in services and equipment to strengthen the hospital’s bottom line.

The success of River’s Edge Hospital in the past six years is attributed to a team of more than 175 individuals who helped transform workplace culture and achieve the goals and objectives set by Mr. Rohrich and the Hospital Commission.

“Together we have accomplished incredible success,” Rohrich said in a message to the River’s Edge Staff.  “Being part of the River’s Edge team is one of the high points of my career.”

“We appreciate the skills and the approach that George has taken to develop an exceptional executive team and we applaud the accomplishments that have been made to position the hospital to where it is today,” said Margie Nelsen, Hospital Commission Chairperson.  “On behalf of the entire commission, we commend George’s service to the hospital and to the St. Peter community.  We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

“The City Council has been fortunate to have George at the front of River’s Edge Hospital and a great team,” said Todd Prafke, Saint Peter City Administrator. “We are excited for him and his family and will continue to provide the high level of service people have come to expect from River’s Edge.”