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St. Peter — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released an updated Hospital Compare patient experience and quality report and River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic has maintained its 5-star rating for overall patient experience for the fourth consecutive reporting period.

“The superior performance of the staff has been recognized as world class by our patients,” said George Rohrich, CEO at River’s Edge.  “We care about the people in this community and are proud that we are able to deliver this high level of care to everyone who comes to River’s Edge.

Data for the Hospital Compare patient experience star ratings is collected from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey that is sent to hospital patients throughout the United States. The survey measures areas from the hospital environment to pain management to doctors and nurses.  The reporting period for the current report is July 2015 through June 2016.

In the United States, only 188 out of 3,499 hospitals received 5 stars for patient experience.  In Minnesota, out of the 78 critical access hospitals, there are only four other hospitals that received 5 stars for patient experience in this reporting period.

River’s Edge Hospital has also been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review for being one of the top 51 hospitals in the U.S. for quiet patient rooms and one of the top 10 hospitals in Minnesota for nurse-patient communication.

February 2, 2017 – The Minnesota Department of Health is currently reporting that influenza (the flu) is widespread throughout the state.  The flu is a respiratory virus that attacks the nose, throat and lungs.  It is not the same as the “stomach flu.”

Urgent care clinics, medical clinics and emergency departments are seeing an increase in patients coming in with flu-like symptoms.  If you have symptoms of influenza – body aches, fever and extreme tiredness along with stuffy nose, cough and sore throat, you should be seen by a medical provider.  The provider may or may not test for influenza depending on your symptoms.  If you are tested and it is positive you may receive an anti-viral medication to help relieve the symptoms.  If negative, you may have a cold or other viral infection.

Dr. Robert Christensen, emergency physician at River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic in St. Peter said that in the case of a viral infection, antibiotics may do more harm than good.  “It is best not to be given an antibiotic when a viral infection is the cause of the problem,” he said.  Antibiotics are designed to kill the bad germs (bacteria) that cause an illness or infection.  If given for a viral infection, the antibiotics may kill the good germs needed by the body and can cause other issues like diarrhea and yeast infections.

Patients who come to urgent care or the emergency department with flu-like symptoms and do not feel better after 3-4 days after be re-evaluated by a medical provider.  Dr. Christensen recommends people who have a fever 72-96 hours after seeing a provider or recurrence of fever, along with continuing flu symptoms should be seen again to rule out a secondary infection like pneumonia or sinus infection.

To protect yourself from influenza the first line of defense is to get a flu shot.  Handwashing is the second best defense in preventing illness.  You should also cover your cough and sneezes, avoid being around others who are sick and frequently clean commonly touched surfaces.  To help stop spreading viruses stay home if you are sick, rest and drink lots of fluids, and see a doctor if your symptoms worsen.


Information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to replace advice or treatment from qualified medical professionals.

Live Well Fitness at River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic is now taking registrations for classes starting in 2017.  Choose the class or classes that are right for you!  Call Nicole at 934-8476 to register.


Arthritis Exercise Class

Tuesdays & Thursdays

10 a .m. – 11 a.m.

Starts January 10 (8 week class)



10 a .m. – 11 a.m.

LSVT Big Exercise Program

For individuals with Parkinson’s Disease


11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Advanced


11:15  a.m. – Noon

Starts January 17

I CAN Prevent Diabetes


Time: TBD

Starts February 28

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance

Wednesdays & Thursdays

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Starts January 17

A new 2016 ambulance was delivered to River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic on September 26.

The River’s Edge Hospital Foundation began a fundraising campaign in 2015 to raise money to assist the hospital in the purchase of the vehicle.  In the spring of 2016, the Foundation had raised $125,000 through private, business and service group donations along with grants from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation and Mankato Clinic Foundation.  River’s Edge Hospital contributed $80,000 for the purchase of the ambulance.

The new ambulance replaces a 2002 ambulance.  That vehicle will be donated.  The 2006 ambulance will remain in service.

A community open house will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 3 p .m. at River’s Edge Hospital to thank all the donors and community members for their support of the hospital and EMS department.  The new ambulance will be available at the open house for viewing.

Exercise, movement and balance; the older we get, the harder it gets to do these things.

Worn hip and knee joints, arthritis, and diseases that cause muscle weakness limit how much an individual can do.

Nicole Boelter, exercise physiologist at River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic, is starting two new programs to help adults with mobility issues make lifestyle changes to increase strength and mobility.

“If you want to continue to feel good, you have to make changes,” Boelter said.

The first program is called OrthoStrong and is a part of the River’s Edge and Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic’s OrthoEdge joint replacement program.

Research shows that the stronger patients who need joint replacement surgery are before their surgery, the sooner they will recover from surgery.

OrthoStrong is a pre-surgery and post-surgical exercise class developed by Boelter and the physical therapists at River’s Edge and OFC.  People who join the program will receive a reduced rate membership until their surgery date to LiveWell Fitness , the medical gym at River’s Edge.  Participants will meet with Boelter, learn proper execution of exercises featured in the OrthoEdge joint replacement book.

Following surgery and physical therapy, participants can join an exercise/support class.  This class will include a variety of exercises including range of motion and strengthening exercises, walking, tips and tools to get back to normal activity.

Boelter said the program will also help patient build strength and confidence prior to their surgery.

Another benefit of the program is the social aspect of the program.  Boelter said the support people receive in groups like this is just as healing as the exercise itself.  Members talk about what life was like before joint replacement, pain management and give tips and suggestions for others who are about to go through similar procedures.

“We want people to have successful outcomes,” said Boelter.

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.