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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.

River’s Edge Hospital announces CEO finalists

ST. PETER, MN  River’s Edge Hospital will welcome four finalists for the position of Chief Executive Officer.  The candidates will arrive on November 19 and will go through interviews with the Hospital Commission, City Council and executive team.  On November 20 the finalists will have the opportunity to meet with community members from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at River’s Edge Hospital in the atrium.

The four finalists will be coming to St. Peter from Kansas, New Mexico, California and Minnesota.  

Joseph Stratton

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.

Dennis Goebel

Dennis Goebel currently resides in Slayton, Minnesota.  He has 20 years of experience as a senior healthcare executive.  Most recently Goebel was the Administrator at Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, Alaska.   Goebel has also served as CEO at hospitals in Minnesota and North Dakota.  In previous roles Goebel has overseen building projects, led financial turnaround, and developed new service lines.

Eugene Suksi

Eugene Suksi is the CEO at Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare in Bakersfield, California.  Suksi has also served as a CEO and Chief Operating Officer at critical access and acute care hospitals in California and Washington.  Suksi has broad experience in Lean process improvement, strategic planning, project management, and financial improvement.  In his career Suksi has overseen construction projects and has led several patient experience improvement projects.

Vincent DiFranco

Vincent DiFranco previously served as interim CEO at South Bighorn County Hospital District in Basin, Wyoming and currently resides in New Mexico.  DiFranco has extensive experience in leading healthcare systems, behavioral health, skilled nursing facilities, home health, and medical offices.  In his tenure as an administrator, DiFranco has developed strategic partnerships, led construction projects, demonstrated service excellence, and improved service line growth.

The Hospital Commission and City Council will be interviewing candidates on Thursday, November 21.  

River’s Edge Hospital is seeking 12-15 volunteers to provide patient and guest support on weekdays starting November 21, 2019. Applications are available now and will be accepted through November 6.

Volunteer duties include (but are not limited to), wayfinding assistance through the facility, escorting patients and family members to rooms after check-in, assisting with transport to patient’s vehicle at discharge, and support to staff as needed. As the construction project continues and departments are completed, volunteer duties will expand.

The volunteer schedule will be Mondays-Fridays, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. with shifts set up in 2-hour blocks to provide consistent, yet flexible scheduling. Volunteers will not be required to work holidays.

To apply for a volunteer position, print out the application below and mail it to River’s Edge Hospital, attn: Stephanie Holden, 1900 North Sunrise Drive, St. Peter , MN 56082. Or, pick up the application at the main hospital desk or at Live Well Fitness Center.

For questions, or to receive an application by mail, contact Stephanie Holden at 507-934-7645 or

River’s Edge Hospital is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed  by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader inWomen’s Health. [i] Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, and also decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.1-7 To learn more watch the video on the River’s Edge Hospital YouTube channel

In conventional 2D Mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

“ The Mammography staff at River’s Edge is excited to be able to offer the best breast cancer screening tool available.  3D mammograms will not only allow us to find early cancers quickly, but will also decrease the likelihood that a women would have to come back for additional imaging,” said Kim Henze, Imaging Services Manager at River’s Edge Hospital.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

Our Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam, available on the 3Dimensions™ and Selenia® Dimensions® systems from Hologic, are revolutionizing how breast cancer is detected by providing a better option for women of all breast densities compared to 2D alone.1-2  Researchers have found that:

  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam finds 20-65% more invasive breast cancers compared to 2D alone, an average increase of 41%.3
  • Only the Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam is FDA approved as superior for women with dense breasts compared to 2D alone.1-2
  • The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exam reduces callbacks by up to 40% compared to 2D alone.2,4

River’s Edge Hospital is committed to the fight against breast cancer. In offering the Genius exam, River’s Edge Hospital provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.1

If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact us at 507-931-2200.

About Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Exams

The breast is a three-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. These structures can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a flat two-dimensional image. This confusion of overlapping of tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Using breast tomosynthesis technology, the Hologic system creates a 3-dimensional image of the breast structure, which enables radiologists to more clearly see through overlapping tissue to detect cancers, often at an earlier stage.

The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system.

The Genius™ 3D Mammography™ (a.k.a. Genius™ exam) is acquired on the Hologic® 3D Mammography™ system and consists of a 2D and 3D™ image set, where the 2D image can be either an acquired 2D image or a 2D image generated from the 3D™ image set. The Genius™ exam is only available on the Hologic 3D Mammography™ system.


1) FDA submissions P080003, P080003/S001, P080003/S004, P080003/S005

2) Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, et al. Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography. JAMA. 2014 Jun 25;311(24):2499-507.

3) Results from Friedewald, SM, et al. “Breast cancer screening using tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography.” JAMA 311.24 (2014): 2499 2507; a multi-site (13), non-randomized, historical control study of 454,000 screening mammograms investigating the initial impact the introduction of the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions ® on screening outcomes. Individual results may vary. The study found an average 41% (95% CI: 20-65%) increase and that 1.2 (95% CI: 0.8-1.6) additional invasive breast cancers per 1000 screening exams were found in women receiving combined 2D FFDM and 3D™ mammograms acquired with the Hologic 3D Mammography™ System versus women receiving 2D FFDM mammograms only.

4) Bernardi D, Macaskill P, Pellegrini M, et. al. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis (3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic 2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based prospective study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Aug;17(8):1105-13.

5) Bernardi D, Macaskill P, Pellegrini M, et. al. Breast cancer screening with tomosynthesis(3D mammography) with acquired or synthetic 2D mammography compared with 2D mammography alone (STORM-2): a population-based prospective study. Lancet Oncol. 2016 Aug;17(8):1105-13.

6) McDonald ES, Oustimov A, Weinstein SP, et al. Effectiveness of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Compared With Digital Mammography: Outcomes Analysis From 3 Years of Breast Cancer Screening. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Jun 1;2(6):737-43.

7) Rafferty EA, Durand MA, Conant EF, et al Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis and Digital Mammography in Dense and Nondense Breasts. JAMA. 2016 Apr 26;315(16):1784-6.

MISC-05233 Rev 001 (5/18)

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

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 (

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.