River’s Edge Hospital recognized for Patient Experience and Patient Safety by Healthgrades

River’s Edge Hospital outperforms 98% of U.S. hospitals in patient safety and experience





St. Peter, MN – March 13, 2024 – River’s Edge Hospital announced today that it has been recognized as a 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ recipient by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor. These achievements along with the #1 in Minnesota for Orthopedic Surgery (2024) reflect River’s Edge Hospital’s dedication to providing a safe, high quality care experience for all patients and place the organization among an elite group of only 79 hospitals nationwide to achieve both awards.

“The mission of River’s Edge is to provide safe, quality and individualized care to the communities we serve.  Each member of the River’s Edge team works diligently to achieve that,” said Paula Meskan, CEO of River’s Edge Hospital. “As we continue to work through the challenges we face day-to-day, we have maintained our commitment to providing the safest care to our patients in all that we do. I am proud of the care that our employees provide, and it is an honor to be recognized by Healthgrades.”

To determine the nation’s premier hospitals for patient safety, Healthgrades evaluated risk-adjusted complication and mortality rates for approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades’ analysis revealed marked declines in patient safety, particularly among the nation’s lowest-performing hospitals. As a result, patients who seek care at hospitals receiving the 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award have a significantly lower risk of experiencing one of the four leading patient safety indicators than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals:

  • In-hospital fall resulting in fracture (approximately 52% less likely)*
  • Collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest (approximately 56% less likely)*
  • Pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital (approximately 67% less likely)*
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital (approximately 71% less likely)*

Similarly, River’s Edge Hospital outperformed its peers–based on feedback from its own patients–in order to achieve the 2024 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Survey questions focus on patients’ perceptions of their hospital care, from cleanliness and noise levels to medication explanations and staff responsiveness. The measures also include whether a patient would recommend the hospital to friends or family and their overall rating of the hospital.**

“We’re proud to recognize River’s Edge Hospital for their commitment to ensuring a best-in-class hospital stay for all patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data sciences at Healthgrades. “River’s Edge Hospital’s success demonstrates that patient safety and patient satisfaction go hand-in-hand, and we look forward to their continued leadership in these critical areas of patient care.”

Where you’re treated matters, which is why Healthgrades is committed to providing the most scientifically accurate information about doctors and hospitals–with data insights not available anywhere else. To learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality, visit healthgrades.com.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award Methodology, which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2023.0.1) to MedPAR data from approximately 4,500 hospitals for years 2020 through 2022 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

**To determine the leading hospitals for patient experience, Healthgrades applies a scoring methodology to ten patient experience measures using Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey data submitted by the hospital’s own patients. To learn more about how Healthgrades evaluates patient experience, see the complete Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award Methodology. A patient-friendly overview of our methodology is also available here.


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 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.

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