Healthgrades ranks River’s Edge Hospital top in Minnesota for Orthopedics

River’s Edge Hospital Ranked #1 in MN For Orthopedic Surgery and #3 in MN for Joint Replacement

St. Peter, MN – January 23, 2024 – River’s Edge Hospital announced today that it ranks #1 in Minnesota for Orthopedic Surgery and #3 for Joint Replacement, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor. This achievement along with River’s Edge Hospital’s many accomplishments listed below reflects their commitment to delivering the best care possible and distinguishes the organization as Minnesota’s leading hospitals for Orthopedics.

River’s Edge Hospital’s Healthgrades Other Achievements:

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery (2024)
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement (2024)
  • Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award (2024)
  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award (2023-2024)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement (2023-2024)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement (2022-2024)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment (2023-2024)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2022-2023)
  • Patient Safety Excellence Award (2023)
Dr. Kyle Swanson

Dr. Kyle Swanson
Medical Staff President

Paula Meskan, CEO

Paula Meskan, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer

“Since the inception of OrthoEdge, a combined program between River’s Edge Hospital and Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, we have strived to provide the highest level of orthopedic care available to date. We have been leaders in the orthopedic arena with more than 11,300 total joints done in the last 10 years,” said Dr. Kyle Swanson, Medical Staff President.

Joint replacement has specifically been an area of innovation and numerous technological advances at River’s Edge.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Healthgrades for the orthopedic work done here at River’s Edge.  The OrthoEdge program provides patients across the region with the best orthopedic care possible, and the Healthgrades announcement confirms our belief that we provide our patients with the safest, highest quality, individualized care in the state,” said Paula Meskan, CEO of River’s Edge Hospital.  “I am extremely proud of the work that each member of the OrthoEdge team do to be able to make this recognition possible.

Healthgrades evaluates hospitals solely on what matters most–patient outcomes–to determine the top-performing hospitals for specialty care in each of the 32 states assessed. Healthgrades’ 2024 analysis revealed that patients who seek care at a hospital with rankings in their condition or procedure have a better chance of a good outcome than if they are treated at a facility that is not #1 in Minnesota. This widening performance gap highlights the importance of selecting a top-rated program. In fact, from 2020 to 2022, patients treated at hospitals that received a state ranking for Orthopedic Surgery had, on average, a 44.4% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated at hospitals that were not state ranked for Orthopedic Surgery.*

“Healthgrades is proud to recognize River’s Edge Hospital as the top facility in Minnesota for Orthopedics,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “Hospitals with a #1 ranking in their state deliver consistently superior outcomes for the patients in their community. Consumers should feel confident knowing that they have access to top-ranked care for Orthopedics at River’s Edge Hospital.”

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*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2020 through 2022 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For more information, see the complete 2024 Specialty State Rankings Methodology.

About River’s Edge Hospital

River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic is a 25-Bed Critical Access Hospital located in St. Peter, Minnesota.  River’s Edge provides a wide range of healthcare services, combining state-of-the-art technology with compassionate care, collaboration, integrity and stewardship.  It is the mission of River’s Edge Hospital to provide safe, quality, and individualized care to the communities we serve. Find more information at

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