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December 2019

River’s Edge Hospital is the first critical access hospital in southern Minnesota to offer robotic-arm assisted total knee replacements with Stryker’s Mako System.  This highly advanced robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed, enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.[i],[ii],[iii],[iv]

The use Mako System at River’s Edge is part of OrthoEdge, the total joint replacement program offered by The Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic in Mankato and River’s Edge Hospital in St. Peter.  Since the formation of the program and partnership in 2014, more than 4,000 joint replacement procedures have been performed  and River’s Edge Hospital has earned the designation of an Orthopedic Center of Excellence.

“With Mako, we can provide each patient with a personalized surgical experience based on their specific diagnosis and anatomy,” said Dr. Kyle Swanson of The Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic. “Using a virtual 3D model, Mako allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, we can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total knee, total hip and partial knee replacements.”

The Mako Total Knee application is a knee replacement treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis. Through CT-based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, surgeons can use the Mako System to create a personalized surgical plan and identify the implant size, orientation and alignment based on each patient’s unique anatomy. The Mako System also enables surgeons to virtually modify the surgical plan intra-operatively and assists the surgeon in executing bone resections.

“We are proud to be the first critical access hospital in southern Minnesota to offer this highly advanced robotic technology in our area,” said Lori Zook, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of River’s Edge Hospital . “The addition of Mako to our orthopaedic service line further demonstrates our commitment to provide the community with outstanding healthcare.”

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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. 


[i] Nawabi DH, Conditt MA, Ranawat AS, Dunbar NJ et al. Haptically guided robotic technology in total hip arthroplasty: a cadaveric investigation. J Engineering in Medicine. 2012;227(3):302-309.

[ii] Illgen R. Robotic assisted total hip arthroplasty improves accuracy and clinical outcome compared with manual technique. 44th Annual Advances in Arthroplasty Course. October 7-10, 2014, Cambridge, MA.

[iii] Anthony I, Bell SW, Blyth M, Jones B et al. Improved accuracy of component positioning with robotic-assisted unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016;98-A(8):627-35.

[iv] Hampp EL, Scholl LY, Prieto M, Chang T et al. Robotic-arm assisted total knee arthroplasty demonstrated greater accuracy to plan compared to manual technique. MAKTKA-AJA-9_12509

The River’s Edge Hospital Commission approved the selection of Joseph Stratton as the new Chief Executive Officer of the hospital at its November 27, 2019 meeting. The St. Peter City Council concurred with the selection at the December 9, 2019 meeting. Stratton will assume the role on March 2, 2020. Lori Zook, Chief Financial Officer, will serve as interim CEO until that time.

Joseph Stratton most recently served as CEO at Geary Community Hospital in Junction City, Kansas from 2013 to September 2019. During his tenure, Stratton developed several strategic partnerships in the Junction City area to enhance pediatric services, organize educational opportunities for students at the University of Kansas Medical school and Manhattan Area Technical School, and developed new service lines.  Stratton led a team of approximately 300 employees at Geary to improve patient experience, employee engagement, community relations and strategic planning.

The holiday season was made a little brighter for three local organizations.

The St. Peter Area Food Shelf, The Kitchen, and the St. Peter Children’s Weekend Backpack Program received donations from River’s Edge Hospital at the end of November.  The Food Shelf and The Kitchen received $5,000 each.  The funds will be used to purchase food items to fill the shelves and provide meals.  The Children’s Weekend BackpackProgram provides food for school-aged children on weekends and helps fund the Snack Cart program at South and North Elementary schools.  The program received $3,000 that will be used to help continue the Snack Cart program.

“Food is medicine,” George Rohrich, CEO at River’s Edge said.  “Food security is something River’s Edge will always support.