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The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) on June 2 honored innovate programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony.

River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic was awarded the Best Hospital Workplace in the small hospital category for the second consecutive year for its work in enhancing the interviewing and onboarding experience for staff and working with department leaders to identify reasons for turnover and implementing best practices for retention.

“The staff at River’s Edge are the best and provide excellent patient care,” said Jackie Kimmet, Chief Human Resource Officer.  “It is an honor to work with such a dedicated group of individuals.”

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.”

Thank you to everyone who came out in the pouring rain to attend the 2017 Bike Safety Rodeo presented by River’s Edge and the St. Peter Police Department. While we were not able to have the safety course, we will gave out 161 bike helmets and had a lot of fun!
Special Thanks to generous donations from The Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation, REHC Medical Staff, Angie’s BoomChickaPop, Pepsi of Mankato, St. Peter Rotary, St. Peter Kiwanis, St. Peter Lions, Family Fresh Market and Allina EMS.
And, of course, all the REHC Staff and their family members and St. Peter Police Reserves who helped cook, serve food and fit helmets. This event could not happen without all of you!

River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic is a Center of Excellence for hip and knee replacements


ST. PETER, MN— River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic has been recognized as a DNV GL Healthcare certified Hip & Knee Replacement Center. The DNV GL Healthcare Hip and Knee Replacement Certification, based on standards set forth by DNV GL Healthcare and considering the guidelines of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, recognizes program excellence in patient care and outcomes.

DNV GL Healthcare certification as a Hip & Knee Replacement Center validates the hospital’s excellence across the spectrum of hip and knee replacement care, from diagnosis to treatment, rehabilitation, education and outcomes.

“This certification tells our community that we have the resources and commitment to provide the best possible care for Hip and Knee replacement,” says George Rohrich, CEO at River’s Edge. “It’s a combination of the right equipment, personnel and training to exhibit excellence in orthopedic surgery within the scope of Hip and Knee Replacement and related procedures. Achieving certification validates all the effort we have put into this program to ensure the health and safety of our patients.”

“This is a great accomplishment for REHC and the OrthoEdge program. It’s this kind of quality care that both REHC and OFC are known for. We have known that the care we provide is exceptional and that has now been confirmed by DNV GL. We would like to congratulate the hospital staff, administration, and physicians for their dedication and hard work to achieve this certification. Being a Center of Excellence in Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty is important for the patient, community, and the region,” said Andrew Meyers, CEO at The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic.

“Achieving certification shows 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.”


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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. 


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On May 15, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed two cases of measles in Le Sueur County.  These are the first confirmed measles cases in south central Minnesota in 2017.

MDH investigates how individuals become infected, identifies people known to be exposed, monitors them for symptoms and informs them of recommended protective actions. Health officials continue to monitor individuals across the state and update the MDH website regularly with case statistics.  To learn more about measles and get current information, click on the link to the MDH website listed here.


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