Ridgeview donates two ambulances to White Earth Ambulance service

Greg Davidson, manager, and Jay DuRose, paramedic, with Ridgeview Ambulance, stand with Fran Carlson, White Earth Ambulance, in front of one of two retired Ridgeview ambulances donated to the White Earth Ambulance Service. White Earth ambulance staff took possession of the vehicles Nov. 20 at North Central Emergency Vehicle Sales in Lester Prairie following repair and the addition of new graphics.

During this season of thanks and giving, Ridgeview recently helped another community provide lifesaving services through the donation of two retired Ridgeview ambulances.

Jay DuRose, a paramedic for both Ridgeview Ambulance and White Earth Ambulance serving the White Earth Nation Ojibwe tribe in northern Minnesota, wondered what would become of Ridgeview’s recently retired ambulances following the replacement of nine new ambulances to the fleet. DuRose mentioned to Ridgeview Ambulance leadership that White Earth Ambulance was in need of new vehicles, which set into motion the selection of the two best vehicles for donation.

North Central Emergency Vehicle Sales in Lester Prairie donated the removal of all Ridgeview graphics from the two selected vehicles and inspected them for any mechanical needs. The work on the two vehicles was completed and, on Nov. 20, White Earth ambulance staff took delivery of the donated ambulances.

The donation of the vehicles provided a savings to White Earth that will allow them to upgrade their in-ambulance cardiac monitors. “It was an honor for Ridgeview Ambulance to work with another emergency medical service provider to help meet a community’s needs, provide equipment for better patient care and find an opportunity for our vehicles to  continue saving lives,” said Greg Davidson, manager, Ridgeview Ambulance.

Destined to be used for parts and eventually recycled at a salvage yard, these two ambulances will again be on the road, providing care and comfort to new crews and patients in the White Earth community.

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Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing & Rehab Center Designated “Best Nursing Home”

Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing & Rehab Center has been named a “Best Nursing Home for 2018-2019” by the U.S. News & World Report.   The organization earned 5 stars again this year to qualify as a top performing nursing home.

U.S. News ranks nursing homes based on the findings of health inspections, nursing staffing and medical quality measures using Medicare data.  Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing & Rehab Center ranked above average for all three measures.  Out of 15,000 nursing homes reviewed, less than 3,000 earned the designation of a Best Nursing Home.

Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing & Rehab Center has been working internally on several initiatives to ensure that the highest quality of care possible is offered at all times.  These initiatives include working with the National Healthcare Safety Network to improve C. Difficile surveillance and to prevent the spread of infection at the organization in conjunction with antibiotic stewardship and vaccinations for residents and staff.  Staff members also have an ongoing commitment to quality assurance and performance improvement to continually assess patient care and assure that any issues are addressed promptly through various quality committee and initiatives.

Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing & Rehab Center is part of the Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center campus, which includes a critical access hospital, short-term to long-term nursing care, Sunrise Plaza Independent Living Apartments, Ridgeview Le Sueur Clinic and an Adult Day Health Center.

Visit health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes to learn more about the rankings and to see how Ridgeview Le Sueur Nursing & Rehab Center compares to other nursing homes in the area.

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Ridgeview Le Sueur Clinic will open November 15

Ridgeview Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Ridgeview Le Sueur Clinic will open on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. The clinic will be on the Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center campus located on South Fourth Street in Le Sueur, and will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The team of providers will include Ashley Morehouse, FNP, and Carol Eggersgluess, FNP.  Ridgeview Le Sueur Clinic will offer same-day care for acute illnesses and minor injuries, annual physicals and other preventive health services, as well as access to Ridgeview’s comprehensive network of specialty care services and providers.

“It’s important for Ridgeview to be able to provide care close to home for our community, and we are proud to open the Ridgeview Le Sueur Clinic. This clinic will increase the access to primary care in our community, and allow us to continue to offer services where and when our customers need it most,” said Pam Williams, Vice President, Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center.

The clinic space, formerly occupied only by Mayo Clinic Health System – Le Sueur, will now be home to both clinics with separate patient check-in areas.

Construction of the clinic is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

Please call 507-593-5920 to schedule an appointment.

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Ridgeview named Readers’ Choice Award winner by Sun Sailor and Sun Newspaper readers

Ridgeview was recently named a Readers’ Choice Award winner by SunPatriot newspaper readers (Waconia, Norwood Young America and Carver County News/Watertown) in the following categories (readers wrote in the names of their top choices in a July/August survey):

The list of winners was published in the Oct. 25, 2018, issue of each newspaper.

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Ridgeview breaks ground on new Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center in Waconia

Norman and Ann Hoffmann Emergency Center Groundbreaking

Pictured from left to right are: Ridgeview Vice President John Prondzinski; Ridgeview Director of Construction and Real Estate Sara Aulizia; Waconia Mayor Jim Sanborn; Ridgeview Board Chair Mitch Kilian; Ridgeview Foundation Chair Fred Green; Lead Donors Ann and Norman Hoffman; Ridgeview President and CEO Mike Phelps; David Larson, MD, Emergency Physicians and Consultants Pa.; Matthew Herold, MD, Emergency Physicians and Consultants Pa.; Kathie Pulchinski, RN, Ridgeview Nurse Manager; Brittany Simonson, BWBR Architects; Scott Hughes, Knutson Construction; and Micah

Ridgeview broke ground Oct. 22 on the new Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center on its Waconia campus. Slated for completion in 2020, the $18.8 million, 23,000-square foot remodel and ED expansion will enhance Ridgeview’s capacity to provide lifesaving procedures and care for the thousands of patients and families who use Ridgeview’s emergency services each year.

“This is one of the most exciting and important improvements we will make to Ridgeview’s Waconia campus,” said Mike Phelps, Ridgeview president and CEO. “Ridgeview and the community it serves are deeply grateful to Norman and Ann Hoffman for their lead gift to make this significant project possible,” Phelps said.

The expansion will include improved patient experience and privacy, increased treatment and support space to enhance patient care, eight observation rooms, and four behavioral health Emergency Department rooms. The project will also include space for cardiac/pulmonary rehab to support patient recovery and wellness, improve patient experience and be more accessible to patients with a covered parking lot.

“We also thank the many generous community members, businesses and other supporters of our Lifeline for a Lifetime campaign, through which Ridgeview Foundation and its Board are raising funds in support of this significant project,” Phelps added.  “We especially recognize Charter Bank; Lakeview Clinic, Ltd.; Security Bank & Trust; Emergency Physicians & Consultants, PA.; Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin; and the Droege Family for their commitment to this campaign.”

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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:


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


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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