Ridgeview hosting free Celebration of Life event June 15

Cancer Survivors’ Night featuring two speakers

June is National Cancer Survivor Month and Ridgeview Medical Center is joining organizations and communities across the country in hosting an event to celebrate cancer survivorship. This year’s Celebration of Life event will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Ridgeview Community Auditorium, 500 S. Maple St., Waconia.

The evening will feature presentations by two speakers. Elaine Wilson, writer, mother, cancer survivor and an avid skier from Minnetonka, will share her own personal cancer journey.  Allison DeCamillis, MS, ATR, LPCC, is program director at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities, a local cancer support community. DeCamillis will discuss ways to develop skills and resiliency to keep moving forward when living with cancer.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Light appetizers will be served. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required but requested. Please call 952-442-8083 or visit Ridgeview’s Classes and Events listing.

Ridgeview is nationally recognized as a Community Cancer Program, accredited by the Commission on Cancer, partnering with leading cancer care providers, clinics and programs to diagnose, treat and support more than 500 adult cancer patients annually through a multidisciplinary team.

In 2016, Ridgeview and Minnesota Oncology entered into a formal partnership with Minnesota Oncology to form the Minnesota Oncology & Ridgeview Cancer & Infusion Center, with two clinic locations (Chaska and Waconia).

For more information, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org or http://mnoncology.com/about-us/locations/chaska-waconia/

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Ridgeview eCare expands to include 17 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 17 conditions.

Conditions treated through Ridgeview eCare now include:

  • Canker sore
  • Cold sore
  • Cold
  • Dermatitis
  • NEW: Ear pain (otitis externa)
  • Eczema
  • NEW: Epi Pen refill (auto injector)
  • Female bladder infection
  • Influenza
  • NEW: Mild asthma medication refill
  • NEW: Pertussis exposure
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • NEW: Seasonal allergies/allergic rhinitis
    and allergy refill
  • Sinus infection
  • Sore throat
  • NEW: 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 Belle Plaine Clinic to open June 5, 2017

Ridgeview Medical Center is pleased to announce that its new Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic will open on Monday, June 5, 2017. Located on the Ridgeview Health Campus in Belle Plaine (165 Commerce Drive West on Highway 169), Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic offers area residents of all ages with convenient, local access to comprehensive primary care and family medicine services.

One of Ridgeview’s 12 primary care clinics located in the southwest metro, Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic will offer same-day care for acute illnesses and minor injuries, annual physicals and other preventive health services, on-site laboratory and X-ray, and access to Ridgeview’s comprehensive network of specialty care services and providers.

“We are very excited to provide residents in Belle Plaine, the surrounding communities and commuters along the Highway 169 corridor with convenient, local access to the health care they need – right here in their own Belle Plaine backyards,” said Mike Phelps, chief operating officer, Ridgeview Medical Center. “What makes this especially exciting is our partnership with The Lutheran Home Association, as we are truly building a health destination for people of all ages and needs. Having KingsPath Senior Living co-located on the Ridgeview Health Campus allows us a unique opportunity to provide senior residents with on-site access to medical care, therapy services and more without having to leave the campus.

“Belle Plaine has been very welcoming to Ridgeview, and we thank everyone for their interest and support as we planned and continue to build the campus,” Phelps added. “We look forward to learning more about community members’ health care needs and interests, and to adding more on-site services – including urgent care and specialty services – in the coming months.”

The Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic will be open Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the provider team includes family practice physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners – including Milton Fong, M.D., Mike Lano, M.D. and 17 clinical, lab and radiology, and support staff members. Ridgeview is also hiring new providers who will begin seeing patients in Belle Plaine this summer and fall. To schedule clinic appointments, please call 952-777-5661.

Ridgeview Rehab Specialties will also provide on-site physical therapy, athletic training and access to a full spectrum of therapeutic and medical fitness services – led by Karlene McDonald, PT, supervisor, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties, and Katelyn Berens, athletic trainer, Ridgeview Rehab Specialties. For Ridgeview Rehab Specialties appointment information, call 952-777-5674.

Area residents will also benefit from other on-site health and wellness services opening in June on the new Ridgeview Health Campus, including FirstChoice Pharmacy (including drive-up), ShapeItUp Fitness-Belle Plaine, a wellness area, community room, outdoor walking paths and more. There are also plans to have a coffee shop on the campus available to the community.

KingsPath Senior Living is scheduled to open its 55-residential facility in October 2017. A campus-wide grand opening event will be held in the early fall and the public will be invited as details are finalized.

“We are excited to partner with Ridgeview Medical Center,” said Michael Klatt, president and CEO of The Lutheran Home Association. “The campus as a health and wellness destination will engage community members and bring in people from surrounding communities.”

About The Lutheran Home Association

The Lutheran Home Association is a not-for-profit ministry dedicated to providing for the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of people in their care. The Lutheran Home Association offers a wide variety of health care, housing, and spiritual outreach services with campuses in several states and congregational programs serving seniors and individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities nationwide. Services and programs include senior living, skilled nursing care, memory care, disability services, rehabilitative therapies, chaplaincy, Bible classes, worship services and property management services. Learn more at www.tlha.org.

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Free Active Aging Month community presentation

Author Dick Edwards to present ‘Mom, Dad … Can We Talk?’ program at Ridgeview on May 30

In support of Active Aging Month, community residents are invited to attend a free presentation by speaker and author Dick Edwards on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Ridgeview Community Auditorium, 500 South Maple Street, Waconia. The program is free and open to the public. To register to attend, call 952-442-8083. For more information, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org

Edwards is the author of Mom, Dad…Can We Talk? Insight and Perspectives to Help Us Do What’s Best for Our Aging Parents With more than 5,000 copies sold, Edwards’ book speaks clearly to individuals dealing with the issues and concerns of their aging parents. He is presenting at Ridgeview as part of the All’s Well Waconia initiative and Active Aging Month celebration in May.

Edwards has 40 years of experience working closely with older adults and their families. For the last 20 years of his career, he served as administrator of Charter House, a nationally recognized model of excellence in retirement living and long-term health care, affiliated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.  Edwards has shared his presentation with adult children across the country, and to professionals in service to older persons and their families

He earned his Baccalaureate from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and his Masters from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife, Pat, live in west central Wisconsin, and have three adult children and six grandchildren.

About All’s Well Waconia and Active Aging Month
The mission of the Waconia Active Aging Month is to highlight local level wellness events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health: physically, socially, (financially) or mentally. This month-long series of events is designed to focus attention on the positive aspects of growing older. These events include free fitness classes, cooking and nutrition programs, educational presentations and other activities.

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13 Ridgeview and Ridgeview-associated physicians earn ‘Rising Stars’ recognition

Thirteen Ridgeview and Ridgeview-associated physicians were recently named in Mpls.St.Paul magazine’s third annual listing of Top Doctors Rising Stars. Rising Stars have been fully licensed to practice for approximately 10 years or less and included 383 doctors in 43 specialties who are recognized for providing outstanding care and have the high regard of their peers.

According to Mpls.St.Paul magazine, doctors included in this list were selected after a peer-nomination process. These candidates were then grouped in 43 specialties and evaluated on myriad factors, including, but not limited to, professional achievement, review by an expert panel, extensive research and disciplinary history. The final list includes only those with the highest point totals from the surveys, research and blue-ribbon panel review.

Ridgeview and Ridgeview-associated physicians recognized in the 2017 Top Doctors Rising Stars listing include:

Ridgeview physicians:

Ridgeview-affiliated physicians:

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Ridgeview Medical Center brings care to consumers’ fingertips

Ridgeview Medical Center is making care more convenient with the launch of RidgevieweCare – an online diagnosis and treatment service that connects customers with trusted Ridgeview providers.

RidgevieweCare is powered by Zipnosis, the first virtual care company enabling leading health systems to launch virtual care service lines staffed by their own clinicians. Using evidence-based online adaptive interviews, patients can seek care from their smartphones, tablets or computers. Patients can be treated virtually for more than 12 common health conditions including allergies, cold and flu, pinkeye, sinusitis, urinary tract infection and minor skin conditions – all for a $35 fee payable by credit, debit or health savings card.

Meeting the needs of today’s patient

“Our goal is to provide a seamless, online experience for today’s busy healthcare consumer,” said Michael Phelps, chief operating officer, Ridgeview Medical Center. “With RidgevieweCare, patients can connect with a trusted Ridgeview provider to receive care at the time and place that is convenient for them.”

After logging on to RidgevieweCare, customers complete a brief online interview through which they will enter symptom and health history information. Once a patient’s symptoms are recorded, a Ridgeview clinician reviews them and responds with a diagnosis and treatment plan. If medication is appropriate, prescriptions are electronically sent to the customer’s preferred pharmacy for pick-up. RidgevieweCare can be used at any time of day, and Ridgeview providers will respond within one hour between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekends.

The virtual care platform was developed by Zipnosis – a Minneapolis-based company that partners with leading health systems to provide virtual care and telemedicine services, meeting the needs of patients while improving access to care and maximizing clinical capacity for the health system. “We chose Zipnosis as our partner because they are a trusted, reputable name in the virtual care industry,” Phelps said.

“By implementing their new eCare service, Ridgeview is joining the ranks of leading health systems across the country that are making patient access and convenience a priority,” said Jon Pearce, Zipnosis CEO. “This is an exciting move, and positions Ridgeview well to meet the changing needs of patients in today’s digital world.”

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WeCAB Transportation service: 100,000 miles and growing

More volunteers needed to meet community demand

In just six years of operation, the WeCAB transportation service recently celebrated a significant “milestone” – logging 100,000 miles driven by its volunteers to transport residents to medical appointments and other services.

The nonprofit organization WeCAB (Western Communities Area Busing) was launched in 2011, initially serving the Westonka Service Area communities of Navarre, Spring Park, Mound, Minnetrista, St. Bonifacius and Maple Plain. The service has expanded to include a second chapter – Carver County Service Area (Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska and Victoria) – providing adults in these communities with transportation to Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Ridgeview Westonka Clinic in Spring Park, Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic, Ridgeview Chaska Clinic and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska, and other destinations.

“Since initially funding the WeCAB pilot program in 2011, Ridgeview continues to provide financial support to WeCAB to help meet the growing needs of the communities and patients it serves. “Transportation is a barrier for many of our greater community members. We are proud to help support this important program, which helps so many of our patients get to their medical appointments and access the health care services they need,” said Robert Stevens, Ridgeview president and CEO. “We are grateful for the commitment and partnership of the volunteer WeCAB drivers who donate their time and vehicles to help their community neighbors.”

Volunteer drivers needed
Currently, there are 60 volunteer drivers to serve the nearly 250 riders in both the Westonka and Carver WeCAB service areas. Since 2011, more than 10,000 rider requests have been fulfilled with a total of 2,364 one-way rides provided in 2016.

“WeCAB really is ‘neighbors helping neighbors.’ Our volunteer drivers range from stay-at-home parents, to retirees, to full-time employees and more, as they drive during the daytime or weekend hours or whatever works for schedules. Many of our riders, and drivers, have been with us since the service started, and we are thrilled to support these special friendships and rewarding community relationships,” said Susan Hoversten, president, WeCAB Board of Directors. “We are also very grateful for Ridgeview’s financial support, which allows us to continue to make this important service available.”

WeCAB is not a replacement for existing transportation, but is designed to supplement public transportation. It operates on a system of a suggested donation per one-way trip, based on miles. All rides are provided by volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles, passed a background check, and completed orientation and training about the WeCAB transportation service.

“More than 75 percent of our rider requests are to medical appointments, and the average length of each one-way ride is about 10 miles,” Hoversten added. “Last year, our drivers logged more than 1,500 volunteer hours and there were 88 new riders added in 2016. As the demand grows, we need more volunteer drivers. WeCAB’s goal in 2017 includes attracting at least 25 additional drivers to the organization as well as attracting more riders who can benefit from using WeCAB.”

Need a ride? Dial 1-844-RideWeCAB
Residents who are registered with the WeCAB program can request a ride by calling 1-844-Ride-WeCAB (1-844-743-3932). The service has volunteer dispatchers who work an average of 12 hours per month taking requests for rides and answering calls between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays. Dispatchers then send an email to all drivers to find a “match” for the requested ride. Drivers can accept a ride based on the driver’s availability and the rider’s destination.

For more information about WeCAB – including how to use the service, to volunteer as a driver or dispatcher, or to sponsor the program or make a donation – visit www.wecab.org.

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Mattson named Board Chair of SouthWest Chamber of Commerce

Shannon Mattson, major gifts officer, Ridgeview Foundation, has been elected to serve as 2017 Chair of the Board of the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Mattson will lead a 13-member board of directors elected from the membership to set policy and provide direction for the SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce, a membership-driven business organization.

The SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce serves more than 450 chamber members from Chaska, Chanhassen, Victoria and Carver and surrounding communities. For information, visit www.swmetrochamber.com

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Ridgeview will offer online care for minor illnesses and symptoms starting Feb. 13

Ridgeview will offer virtual care – online diagnosis and treatment – for 12 common health conditions. The new RidgevieweCare visit is available for a cost of $35, payable by credit 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.

The new Ridgeview eCare service is accessible from a computer, tablet or smartphone. 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.

Conditions treated through eCare

  • Allergies
  • Cold
  • Sinus infection
  • Sore throat
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Female bladder infection
  • Vaginal yeast infection
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Canker sore
  • Cold sore
  • Eczema
  • Dermatitis

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

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Ridgeview named a Readers’ Choice Award winner

Ridgeview was recently named a Readers’ Choice Award winner by the Excelsior Sun Sailor newspaper readers in the following categories:

Ballots were circulated in the Excelsior Sun Sailor newspapers. The list of award winners was published in a special section of the Jan. 21, 2017 issues of the newspaper.

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