Minnesota Monthly names 14 Ridgeview physicians as 2018 ‘Top Doctors’

Fourteen Ridgeview-affiliated physicians were named to Minnesota Monthly magazine’s Top Doctors list published in the October 2018 issue.  The list includes 935 physicians in 65 specialties.

Ridgeview-affiliated physicians recognized in the 2018 Top Doctors listing include:

The list was compiled after asking more than 10,000 licensed doctors in the 11-county metro area, as well as Olmsted County, to name up to three doctors other than themselves in each specialty category.

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Ridgeview eCare expands to treat 21 conditions

Need care for a minor illness, seasonal allergies or more? Consider visiting www.RidgevieweCare.org, through which online care and prescriptions are available for 21 conditions now including head lice, minor burns, motion sickness and general skin conditions.

Conditions treated through Ridgeview eCare now include:

  • Canker sore
  • Cold sore
  • Cold
  • Dermatitis
  • Ear pain (otitis externa)
  • Eczema
  • Epi Pen refill (auto injector)
  • Female bladder infection
  • Head lice
  • Influenza
  • Mild asthma medication refill
  • NEW: Minor burns
  • NEW: Motion sickness
  • Pertussis exposure
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Seasonal allergies/allergic rhinitis and allergy refill
  • Sinus infection
  • NEW: Skin conditions (general)
  • Sore throat
  • Tick bite
  • Vaginal yeast infection

Ridgeview eCare is available for a cost of $35, payable by credit card, debit card or Health Savings Account (HSA) card, and provides quick, convenient, online care for minor illnesses and symptoms – without making an appointment or visit to a clinic.

Ridgeview eCare is available to anyone, anywhere in the state of Minnesota and accessible from any web-enabled device. Simply log on to www.ridgeviewecare.org and complete the brief online interview by entering your symptoms. Once you complete the process, a Ridgeview Clinic clinician will review and respond with a diagnosis and treatment plan within one hour of Ridgeview’s scheduled business hours.

Should you require medication, prescriptions will be sent to your preferred pharmacy for pick-up. If your symptoms indicate an emergent or serious health condition, you will be directed to call 9-1-1 and/or go to the nearest emergency, urgent care or clinic location.

Hours of operation

Ridgeview eCare can be used at any time of day, and Ridgeview providers will respond within one hour between 8 a.m. and 8 pm., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Ridgeview’s eCare service is not available during holidays; however, customers will be provided information about Ridgeview’s Emergency and Urgent Care locations during non-business hours.

For more information, visit www.ridgeviewecare.org or contact Ridgeview Delano Clinic at 952-442-7800.

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Ridgeview rated as high performing by U.S. News and World Report

Ridgeview was recently rated as high performing in two adult procedures and conditions by U.S. News and World Report, joining the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation to be recognized.

Hip and knee replacements are the two adult procedures and conditions that earned this rating for Ridgeview. “This rating represents the tremendous daily effort put forth by Ridgeview’s excellent surgical team, orthopedic physicians and services and Joint Center team. This is great recognition for their commitment to providing our patients with the best possible orthopedic care and Ridgeview experience,” said Mike Phelps, president and CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center.

To help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, nine adult procedures and conditions and 10 pediatric specialties. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The ratings in procedures and conditions, by contrast, focus on typical Medicare patients. Hospitals that do well in multiple areas of adult care may be ranked in their state and metropolitan area. Ridgeview achieved the highest rating possible in two procedures or conditions.

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New Regional Grief Support Network Available in Southwest Metro

A new Regional Grief Support Network is taking root in the Southwest metro region, filling an identified gap in resources for grief support in the area. “This is a new approach to grief support in the area that is modeled after other successful programs in the Twin Cities area,” said Sue DeGolier, director of volunteer services, social services and spiritual care at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. “Ridgeview is collaborating with other organizations to bring this support—small group meetings and speakers—to people in their own communities.”

All community grief support groups will be led by a trained facilitator. These leaders do not necessarily have a background in mental health or counseling, but are trained to provide resources, manage group dynamics, introduce topics of discussion and encourage and direct conversation. Sessions are intended to complement—not replace—professional care.

The success of the Regional Grief Support Network relies on the engagement and support of community organizations, churches and businesses to provide meeting sites and financial support. The vision is to bring communities together, building partnerships to create a safe and confidential environment where people can find encouragement and comfort to understand and express grief, and begin healing following the death of a loved one. Participants benefit from sharing and listening to others who have common experiences of grief and healing.

The Regional Grief Support Network launched its first support group on June 28 with a 4-session series in Norwood Young America at St. John’s United Church of Christ. Each week featured a different topic including Understand Grief, How Senses Trigger Memories, Tools for Coping and Self Care. It also included a time for sharing and conversation.

New groups are beginning this fall in the following locations:

Chaska

When:  Every other Wednesday, beginning Sept. 26
Time:    3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Chaska Heights Senior Living
3120 Chestnut St, Door A
Chaska, MN 55313

Delano

When:  Every other Wednesday, beginning Sept. 19
Time:    9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Where: Legacy of Delano
1350 St Peter Ave E
Delano, MN 55328

Norwood Young America

When:  Every other Thursday, beginning Sept. 20
Time:    5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: The Haven at Peace Village
600 Railroad Drive, 2nd Floor
Norwood Young America, MN 55368

Expansion of the program will eventually bring additional groups to Carver, Hennepin, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott, Sibley and Wright counties on a variety of days of the week, times and locations.

The meetings are free of charge and open to all adults. To register, learn more or for information about serving as a group facilitator, or making a financial gift, visit www.goodgriefnetwork.com or call Sue DeGolier at 952-442-2191, ext. 35594. Registration is requested but not required.

Save the date

The Regional Grief Support Network will host a guest speaker who will share information about the framework for loss and grief. Literary, psychological and spiritual resources will be share that can aid in finding hope and healing. A discussion will follow the presentation.

Living with Loss; Healing with Hope
Presented by: Ted Bowman
Thursday, Sept. 13
Ridgeview Medical Center
Community Auditorium
6 p.m.: Gathering and refreshments
6:30 p.m.: Program
500 S. Maple Street
Waconia, MN
Cost: Free

Register online at Ridgeview’s website or call 952-442-2191, ext. 35594.

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Local physicians named 2018 ‘Top Doctors’ by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Thirty-six Ridgeview-associated physicians were named to the 22nd edition of the Top Doctors list recently published by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. They are included in a list of 825 physicians in 45 specialties.

Below are the recognized Ridgeview-associated physicians, including the specialization for which they were chosen:

To compile the list, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine invited physicians to nominate one or more doctors (excluding themselves) to whom they would go to if they or a loved one were seeking medical care. Candidates were then grouped into 45 specialties and evaluated on many factors, including peer recognition, professional achievement and disciplinary history. Doctors with the highest scores from each grouping were invited to serve on a blue-ribbon panel that evaluated the other candidates. In the end, only doctors who acquired the highest total points from the surveys, research and the blue-ribbon panel review were selected as Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s 2018 Top Doctors. View the full list.

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Ridgeview eCare expands to include 20 conditions

Need care for a minor illness, seasonal allergies or more? Consider visiting www.RidgevieweCare.org, through which online care and prescriptions are available for 20 conditions.

Conditions treated through Ridgeview eCare now include:

  • Canker sore
  • Cold sore
  • Cold
  • Dermatitis
  • Ear pain (otitis externa)
  • Eczema
  • Epi Pen refill (auto injector)
  • Female bladder infection
  • Influenza
  • Mild asthma medication refill
  • NEW: Minor burns
  • NEW: Motion sickness
  • Pertussis exposure
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Seasonal allergies/allergic rhinitis and allergy refill
  • Sinus infection
  • NEW: Skin conditions (general)
  • Sore throat
  • Tick bite
  • Vaginal yeast infection

Ridgeview eCare is available for a cost of $35, payable by credit card, debit card or Health Savings Account (HSA) card, and provides quick, convenient, online care for minor illnesses and symptoms – without making an appointment or visit to a clinic.

Ridgeview eCare is available to anyone, anywhere in the state of Minnesota and accessible from any web-enabled device. Simply log on to www.ridgeviewecare.org and complete the brief online interview by entering your symptoms. Once you complete the process, a Ridgeview Clinic clinician will review and respond with a diagnosis and treatment plan within one hour of Ridgeview’s scheduled business hours.

Should you require medication, prescriptions will be sent to your preferred pharmacy for pick-up. If your symptoms indicate an emergent or serious health condition, you will be directed to call 9-1-1 and/or go to the nearest emergency, urgent care or clinic location.

Hours of operation

Ridgeview eCare can be used at any time of day, and Ridgeview providers will respond within one hour between 8 a.m. and 8 pm., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Ridgeview’s eCare service is not available during holidays; however, customers will be provided information about Ridgeview’s Emergency and Urgent Care locations during non-business hours.

For more information, visit www.ridgeviewecare.org or contact Ridgeview Delano Clinic at 952-442-7800.

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Highway 41 closure begins June 11

Both directions of Highway 41 between Hundertmark Road and Pioneer Trail will close to traffic as early as 5 a.m., Monday, June 11. This closure will be in place through early September 2018 to allow crews to widen the road from two to four travel lanes and to construct a pedestrian tunnel under Highway 41 near Lake Grace.

Important information:

  • During the full road closure, drivers will not be able to travel north on Highway 41 at Hundertmark Road or south on Highway 41 at Pioneer Trail.
  • The marked detour/truck route uses Highway 212, Powers Boulevard and Lyman Boulevard. See the route.
  • Expect delays throughout the project area through early September, especially during peak travel times.
  • You may want to take the detour route if you’re just passing through. Business access will be available at all times. Follow the local access signs.
  • The intersections at Hundertmark Road and Pioneer Trail will be reconstructed under traffic. Lane restrictions will be in place at both intersections through early September, but they will remain open to traffic. See maps.
  • Note that the Highway 41/Pioneer Trail intersection will be a three-way stop starting June 11 through early September.
  • The Minnesota State Patrol will be on site at the Highway 41/Hundertmark Road intersection to monitor and assist with traffic control, as needed, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during the full road closure.

For more information – including turn late details, detours, maps and timelines – please visit the project website.

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Waconia and the surrounding communities invited to All’s Well Gratitude Event June 20

Waconia and surrounding community residents are invited to attend a “Gratitude and Random Acts of Kindness” event on Wednesday, June 20, at Schram Vineyards, from 5 to 8 p.m. The goal of All’s Well – Wellness for All is to raise awareness and support for a new community initiative based on gratitude and random acts of kindness. Research has shown that performing an act of kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise that has been tested. Community members who are passionate about impacting the lives of individuals, communities and organizations through promoting health through happiness are especially invited to attend the event.

The June 20 event will include a brief overview of the gratitude initiative, giveaways, wine, beer and light appetizers. This gratitude event is hosted in partnership by Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia School District 110, All’s Well and Thrivent Community – Laketown. The cost is $10 and proceeds will benefit the All’s Well Pay it Forward community initiative and future wellness events. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Mary Ann Somers, maryann.somers@thrivent.com or 952-442-8461. Schram Vineyards is located at 8785 Airport Road, Waconia, MN 55387.

All’s Well is a partnership of community, school and business leaders who are working together to help residents of all ages live healthier, longer, happier lives. Organizations, businesses, schools, faith communities, teams/clubs and community members are also encouraged to sponsor or host activities that support or align with the All’s Well mission.

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Highway 41 construction update: Right lane at Pioneer Trail near Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska closed until June 6

As part of an extensive construction project, the right lane on southbound Highway 41 in Chaska from the right in/right out access near the Dairy Queen to the intersection at Pioneer Trail is closed until Wednesday, June 6. During this time, southbound traffic will make right turns onto westbound Pioneer Trail from the thru lane. Please look for temporary directional roadway signs.

Note that there will be a full road closure of Highway 41 between Hundertmark Road and Pioneer Trail in Chaska beginning June 11, 2018 until early September. Access to Two Twelve Medical Center will remain open during this closure, but please plan for traffic delays and construction impact.  More schedule details will be provided as they are available.

For more information – including turn late details, detours, maps and timelines – please visit the project website.

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Ridgeview welcomes Jessica Cain, FNP, to Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic

Ridgeview is pleased to welcome Jessica Cain, FNP, to Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic.

Ms. Cain is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Her medical interests include preventive care, pediatrics, adolescent health and sexual health. She earned her degree at Georgetown University School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking and traveling.

Ms. Cain sees patients at Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic. To schedule an appointment, call 952-934-0570.

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Two Twelve Medical Center
111 Hundertmark Road, Chaska, MN 55318
Call: 952-361-2447
Two Twelve Medical Center is owned and operated by Ridgeview Medical Center.
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