River’s Edge Hospital ranked among top 5 for Joint Replacement by Healthgrades

River’s Edge Hospital recognized for superior outcomes in Joint Replacement, according to Healthgrades

 St. Peter, MN (January 17, 2023) – River’s Edge Hospital ranks #5 in Minnesota for Joint Replacement according to a new analysis released by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients. To determine this year’s State Ranking recipients, Healthgrades evaluated clinical performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide focusing on 18 key specialties across a mix of chronic, urgent, and surgical specialty areas. River’s Edge Hospital, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, was the only hospital in the Mankato Area to be ranked for Joint Replacement and is the only hospital in the Mankato Area to achieve the Joint Replacement Excellence Award in 2023.

“The Healthgrades ranking for joint replacement is both exciting and important.  It reinforces the partnership between River’s Edge and OFC – the Ortho Edge program – and the commitment to quality that we have made to our patients trusting us with their care,” said Paula Meskan, Chief Executive Officer at River’s Edge Hospital.  “This designation is made possible through the work of every member of the organization.  Patient care cannot be accomplished by a single department.  It takes a village.”

Hospitals recognized as among the top 5 in their state by Healthgrades are providing patients with consistently better-than expected clinical outcomes. For example, patients treated at hospitals receiving a state ranking for Joint Replacement have, on average, a 62.5% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that were not ranked for Joint Replacement.*

River’s Edge Hospital and The Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic created OrthoEdge, a total joint replacement program, in 2014.  Since that time, River’s Edge Hospital has become a DNV-GL Orthopedic Center of Excellence, achieving program excellence for hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgeries as well as spine surgeries.  River’s Edge is also recognized nationally as a leader in patient experience.

“Being recognized as one of the top 5 in Minnesota for Joint Replacement is a tremendous achievement that speaks to River’s Edge Hospital’s ongoing commitment to high-quality care. Hospitals receiving a #5 ranking in their state have a proven track record of delivering superior outcomes for the patients in their community,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science, Healthgrades. Bowman added, “For almost 25 years, our mission has been to provide consumers with clear and accessible information to make more informed healthcare decisions. Patients can feel confident knowing that they have access to top-ranked care for Joint Replacement at River’s Edge Hospital.

In 2022, River’s Edge was also recognized by Healthgrades for the follow awards:

  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award (2023)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement (2023)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement (2022-2023)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment (2023)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award (2022)

“These additional awards from Healthgrades are supporting reasons that we have been ranked number 5 in the state for joint replacement.  The additional award for Outstanding Patient Experience again demonstrates the ongoing commitment of high-quality care to the citizens of Saint Peter and surrounding communities.  I am grateful for and proud of the contributions of each member of the River’s Edge team,” said Meskan.

Consumers can visit healthgrades.com for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access the complete methodology here.


About River’s Edge Hospital

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 www.REHC.org.

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades is dedicated to empowering stronger and more meaningful connections between patients and their healthcare providers. As the #1 platform for finding a doctor and a leader in healthcare transparency, we help millions of consumers each month find and schedule appointments with their healthcare professional of choice and prepare for their appointments with best-in-class, treatment-focused content.

Our health system, large group practice, and life sciences marketing solutions have been helping our partners reach and engage consumers who are on their way to the doctor for over 20 years.

Healthgrades is part of RVO Health, a partnership between Red Ventures and Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group. RVO Health has the largest consumer health and wellness audience online across its brand portfolio including Healthgrades, Healthline, Medical News Today, Greatist, Psych Central, Bezzy and Platejoy which touch every part of the health and wellness journey. Each month, RVO Health helps more than 100 million unique visitors live their strongest and healthiest lives.


*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2019 through 2021 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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