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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.”

What is Considered an Emergency?

A medical emergency is when you believe that your health is in serious danger. You may have a bad injury, sudden illness, or an illness quickly getting much worse.

Medical emergencies include but are not limited to:

  • Chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or loss of coordination or balance
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Numbness in the face, arm or leg
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Deep cuts or bleeding that won’t stop
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Severe burns
  • Seizures
  • Broken bones
  • Severe pain
  • Illness or injuries requiring:
  • Admission to ER by ambulance

Who provides my care?

River’s Edge Hospital’s Emergency Department is staffed with well-trained physicians, nurses, paramedics and emergency medical technicians 24 hours a day. Laboratory and Imaging Services are also available 24 hours a day.

River’s Edge Hospital also has access to teams of specialists in Mankato, Rochester and the Twin Cities for advanced care.

What is Urgent Care?

River’s Edge Hospital’s Urgent Care provides extended hours for walk-in access for acute illness and injury care that is either beyond the scope or availability of the typical primary care practice or clinic.

Urgent Care services are provided
Monday through Friday
12 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
and on Saturday, Sunday from
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Urgent Care is for non-emergency medical concerns such as sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts or bruises. More serious injuries or illnesses are treated and billed as an Emergency visit.

Who provides Urgent Care services?

River’s Edge Hospital is staffed with well-trained physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and certified medical assistants. Laboratory and Imaging Services are also available 24 hours daily.

You will be advised about follow-up procedures and notified about any abnormal lab work or x-rays. With your permission, a complete record of your treatment will be sent to your primary care physician who will provide follow-up care.

What is physical therapy for pelvic issues? Find out at this free seminar presented by Kaylen Margotta, DPT, physical therapist, on Tuesday, August 27 at 6 p.m. in the Helen White Conference Room.

Pelvic issues such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, other pelvic pain related to pregnancy, and childbirth, are things that women live with but rarely talk about. These issues are not normal and there are treatments available to help you feel better.

This event is free and reservations are not required.

Kaylen Margotta, DPT, is certified in women’s pelvic health therapy.

St. Peter area community members and past, current, or soon to be patients are invited to attend the third annual community and patient appreciation picnic on Wednesday, August 21 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. A free meal of sloppy joe’s, potato salad, chips and lemonade will be served.

George Rohrich, CEO at River’s Edge Hospital, will provide an update on the construction and renovation project, along with other things that have been happening at River’s Edge Hospital.

The picnic will be held on the west side of the hospital campus, on the Klein Street side. Parking is available in the parking area near the Urgent Care clinic entrance.

ST. PAUL — Margie Nelsen and MaryAnn Harty were among 11 hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) trustee certification program.

The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

By participating in MHA’s voluntary certification program, hospital trustees receive training on current health care trends, governance best practices, ethics, government regulations, patient safety and quality. Participants undergo 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota’s initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

Trustees who have completed MHA board certification are eligible to participate in an additional eight hours of coursework to obtain advanced certification, which provides education to ensure excellence, innovation and accountability in health care governance.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the complex issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO. “Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are equipped to make good decisions. Earning certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”

Newly certified trustees include:
• Alomere Health, Alexandria: Keith Englund, Kevin Kopischke, Jerry Rapp
• Buffalo Hospital: Laura Laird
• Lakewood Health System, Staples: Jef R. Cichos
• Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake: Jon Lund
• Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center: David Braun
• River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic, Saint Peter: Mary Ann Harty, Margie Nelsen
• RiverView Health, Crookston: Michelle Elene Snyder
Trustees obtaining advanced certification include:
• Cook Hospital & Care Center: Liz Dahl

For more information about MHA’s hospital trustee certification program, visit
The Minnesota Hospital Association represents hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities.

River’s Edge Hospital announces receipt of the Orthopaedic Center of Excellence designation from DNV-GL Healthcare. Orthopaedic Center of Excellence designation affirms an organization’s excellence in the provision of diagnostic services, surgical services, and therapies related to orthopedic care.

“This designation assures our community that we have the ability to provide consistent, high quality orthopedic care.” says George Rohrich, CEO, River’s Edge Hospital. “The community can be confident that we have the right equipment, personnel and training to maintain our orthopedic service line at peak performance. Achieving this designation validates all the effort we have put into orthopedic services and to ensuring the health and safety of our patients.”

The DNV-GL Healthcare Orthopaedic Center of Excellence designation is obtained by achieving certification in at least three (3) orthopedic service line programs based on requirements set forth by DNV-GL Healthcare, and informed by the guidelines of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

River’s Edge received certifications in hip and knee replacement, shoulder surgery, and spine surgery. River’s Edge Hospital is the third hospital in the U.S. and the first hospital in Minnesota to receive this certification.

“This additional Certification of Excellence in Spine and Shoulder surgery reflects the ongoing pursuit of high quality treatment and care for the orthopedic patient. Rivers Edge Hospital and Clinic and The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic have a common goal of providing the best orthopedic care in the region, this only amplifies the previous designations of excellence already awarded ( Knee and Hip Surgery). The community and region need to know that such a high quality center exists for their benefit and that we continue to strive for such quality on all that we do for our patients,” said Andrew Meyers, CEO, The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic.

“Achieving designation shows a commitment to excellence,” says Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL Healthcare. “It helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”


About DNV-GL Healthcare

DNV-GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services.

Within healthcare, DNV-GL helps its customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, disease-specific certifications and quality-management training.

The DNV- GL operates in more than 100 countries. Our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping its customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.


For more information about DNV-GL Healthcare, visit




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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. 


River’s Edge Hospital is an equal opportunity employer and provider.



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ST. PETER, MN — River’s Edge Hospital opened its new patient wings on June 3, leaving a lot of excess furniture from the former patient wings without a home. The furniture found a new home with the Partners for Affordable Housing.

Partners for Affordable Housing provides a variety of services to support people experiencing homelessness in the Southern Minnesota Region, including Emergency Shelters – Theresa House and Welcome Inn – Mankato, Transitional Housing programs, affordable Permanent Housing options, and our Free Store – we make donations of household goods, food and furniture available to anyone in need to make a home. The latest addition is the St Peter Motel, which will be converted to an additional homeless shelter later this summer. The shelters offer a transitional stay of up to 90 days while receiving case management support with the goal of obtaining income and housing by the end of their stay.

The items donated by River’s Edge, chairs, end tables, artwork, storage bins, sofas, and other items, will be used in the St. Peter shelter, Mankato shelters, and made available in the Partners for Affordable Housing Free Store.

“Much of the furniture that was in the patient rooms is in very good shape and we did not want to simply dispose of it. We are grateful for the Partners for Affordable Housing and the work they do to provide food and housing for those in need. The donation is one way we can help them meet their mission,” said George Rohrich, Chief Executive Officer at River’s Edge Hospital.

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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.

River’s Edge Hospital is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

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ST. PETER, MN— The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) on May 31 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 35th annual awards ceremony.

River’s Edge Hospital  was awarded the Quality and Patient Safety Award in the small hospital category for implementing best practices to reduce the number of patient falls at the facility.  River’s Edge Hospital also received this award in 2016.

“The safe patient handling committee works extremely hard on promoting patient safety,” said Janelle Rauchman, RN, Chief Quality Officer at River’s Edge Hospital.  “I am proud of this team and the staff at River’s Edge and their dedication to quality.”

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.”

(Caption:  River’s Edge Hospital was awarded the Quality and Patient Safety Award at the 2019 Minnesota Hospital Association Awards banquet held May 31.  Pictured representing River’s Edge Hospital is (l. to. r.) – Lori Zook, Chief Financial Officer, MaryAnn Harty, Hospital Commissioner, Nicole Boelter, Exercise Physiologist, Jackie Kimmet, Chief Human Resource Officer, Brittney Sharping, RN, Janelle Rauchman, RN, Chief Quality Officer, Paula Meskan, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Stephanie Holden, Chief Marketing & Development Officer, and Linda Prahl, RN, Med/Surg Manager.


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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. 

 River’s Edge Hospital is an equal opportunity employer and provider.


Find more information at


River’s Edge Hospital has added a price estimator tool to its website to help individuals get a better idea of the potential cost of care for health-related services.  To access the price estimator tool, select the PRICE ESTIMATOR button in the upper right-hand corner of the home page.  This will open up the price transparency page.  The price estimator is on the right of the page.  To use the tool, please follow the steps below:

Use of online Estimate System

Service Category: Use drop down to pick service desired.

Service: Use drop down to choose what service you would like a price on. You can only choose one service at a time so if multiple services they will need to be done individually.

Service Description: This is the CPT code that indicates the service you have chosen and will populate automatically.

Estimated Date of Service: Fill in the date you are scheduled for your services.

Insurance Type: Choose commercial or Medicare/Medicaid

Patient Information: Complete demographic information

Insurance Information: Choose “I have insurance and I know my information” or I don’t have insurance”. Depending on what you choose you will list additional information as required. Remaining deductible and remaining out of pocket are important to obtain patient portion.

Because we value your business, we would like you to be aware of the cost related to this procedure and what your financial responsibility may be for the services provided. Based upon the information that you shared with us, we have provided a good faith estimate. This estimate is based on the average charge for this procedure. Depending on the services actually provided, your charges may be different.

Your healthcare team may need to use other professionals to provide the best care, such as anesthesiology, laboratory, radiology and pathology for testing or consultation. While these professionals work in our building; they are independent of the hospital. You may receive a bill for these services. These services are not included in this estimate.

This estimate does not constitute a final contract, as the actual charges may be significantly different. If you have any questions about the cost of our services or want to find out about additional resources, please feel free to contact us at 507-934-7605.

Performance Excellence Network Recognizes River’s Edge Hospital

2018 Performance Excellence Awards Presented at PENworks 2019 Conference


The Performance Excellence Network (PEN) today honors River’s Edge Hospital with the 2018 Performance Excellence Award. The Award is based on the Baldrige Framework and is the culmination of a rigorous evaluation of an organization’s management and performance system. The evaluation criteria consider leadership, strategic planning, customer-related processes, measurement and knowledge management, workforce, and operations, and recognize organizations that are systematically improving results.

River’s Edge was one of two organizations featured at PENworks 2018, a conference held Thursday and Friday at the Mystic Lake Conference Center in Prior Lake, MN.

George Rohrich, CEO of River’s Edge Hospital, said, “Baldrige helps us better concentrate and coordinate our improvement efforts. Our recent evaluation by the PEN team validated our strengths and provided us with a road map to continue our improvement.  This award recognizes the commitment of the entire River’s Edge Hospital staff and leadership to quality improvement.

Said Brian Lassiter, president/CEO of the Performance Excellence Network: “Achieving and sustaining excellence – in our organizations and in ourselves – takes hard work.  It takes a commitment of time, of resource, of energy.  It takes focus, persistence, patience, and practice.  These organizations have demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement and performance excellence.”

The conference featured 30 local, regional, and national speakers from all types of organizations, each sharing best practices and methods to improve leadership, customer focus, workforce engagement and capability, and operational effectiveness.  In addition to the two organizations receiving recognition, some of the organizations presenting included Allete/MN Power, Allina Health, Andersen Windows, City of Brooklyn Park, Mankato Area Public Schools, Strider Bike, and University of St. Thomas.

Seven of the speakers were keynotes, four representing current Baldrige Award recipient organizations, the nation’s highest performing organizations: Sue Dunn, CEO of Donor Alliance (Denver, CO); Lindel Fields, Superintendent & CEO, Tri County Tech (Bartlesville, OK); Richard Panico, CEO of Integrated Project Management LLC (Chicago, IL); and Kathy Raethel, CEO of Adventist Health Castle (Kailua, HI).  The other three keynotes each shared methods for leaders to systematically improve workforce engagement, team and leadership effectiveness, and personal/professional happiness: Jeff Brown, (Experience Happiness), Jenn Lim (Delivering Happiness and Zappos), Stevie Ray (Stevie Ray Improv Co.).

 About Performance Excellence Network

The Performance Excellence Network was founded in 1987 by the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Rudy Perpich, and was spun off into a private 501(c)3 nonprofit two years later. PEN advances improvement and performance excellence within organizations, individuals and communities. It helps leaders identify strengths and improvement opportunities, and it builds networks that bring information, resources, knowledge and best practices to organizations desiring to improve. PEN serves over 250 members and organizations in Minnesota and the Dakotas. For more information, go to

About River’s Edge Hospital

River’s Edge is a critical access hospital that has delivered over 70 years of quality care including family medicine, pediatrics, emergency room, orthopedic and general surgery to the residents of St. Peter and the surrounding communities.  REH has about 175 employees.  For more information: