Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center re-designated as a Level 4 trauma hospital

The Minnesota Department of Health recently re-designated Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center as a Level 4 trauma hospital. The facility and staff participated in an intense designation process—which occurs every three years—to remain part of Minnesota’s statewide trauma system.

The process included an outside review of the hospital’s resources and capabilities to care for trauma patients. Ridgeview Sibley met the standards of commitment, clinical and equipment resources and staff training. The hospital also participates in a continuous performance improvement process.

“We are very pleased to have been re-designated as a Level 4 trauma hospital. This process has helped us to provide more complete and efficient patient care while simultaneously enhancing our data gathering and performance improvement processes. This program, coupled with the renovated Emergency Department space, will ensure that Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center continues to offer the highest quality trauma care immediately for our community,” said Matthew Herold, MD, Emergency Medicine, and Medical Director, Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center.

 For a severely injured person, the time between sustaining an injury and receiving definitive care is the most important predictor of survival—the “golden hour.” The chance of survival diminishes with time; however, a trauma system enhances the chance of survival regardless of proximity to an urban trauma hospital.

On average, trauma claims the lives of 2,400 Minnesotans annually. States with trauma systems have seen survival rates increase by 15 to 20 percent. Wide-scale participation in the voluntary trauma system ensures that a statewide, cooperative effort is in place to care for seriously injured patients.

For more information, see the Minnesota Statewide Trauma System site at www.health.state.mn.us/facilities/traumasystem/

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Ridgeview Le Sueur Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System in Le Sueur to host open house April 16

Ridgeview Le Sueur Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System in Le Sueur invites the public to attend an open house at its newly remodeled and shared clinic space. The clinic space, formerly occupied only by Mayo Clinic Health System, is now home to both clinics with separate patient check-in areas.

  • What: Community Open House Event
  • When: Tuesday, April 16, 5–7 p.m.
  • Location: Ridgeview Le Sueur Clinic, 625 S. 4th Street, Le Sueur

At the open house, guests will have an opportunity for self-guided tours through both clinics and meet the providers serving the Le Sueur community. Ridgeview’s new team of providers includes Ashley Morehouse, NP-C, Family Medicine; Carol Eggersgluess, NP-C, Family Medicine and Sabina Khan, MD, Gastroenterology.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Le Sueur’s providers include Timothy Halloran, MD, Family Medicine; Robert Morris, MD, Surgery; Jonny Salim, MD, Family Medicine; Carolyn Stelter, MD, Family Medicine; Ginny Clementson, CNP, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Stephanie Held, PA-C, Family Medicine; Jessie Wolf, LICSW, Behavioral Healthy, Psychiatry & Psychology; and Allyn Wergin, RDN, Diabetes Education, Nutrition.

About Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center
Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center is a health care campus that includes a critical access hospital with 24-hour emergency services, urgent care and outpatient specialty clinics, a 5-star Nursing Home, and Sunrise Plaza Independent Living Apartments. It is part of the Ridgeview Medical Center network, which also includes hospitals in Arlington and Waconia, a multitude of primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs, and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska.

About Mayo Health System
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.

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Ridgeview Foundation Receives $300,000 Grant from Otto Bremer Trust

Ridgeview Foundation is pleased to announce a $300,000 matching funds grant from the Otto Bremer Trust to support the remodel and expansion of the Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center on Ridgeview’s Waconia campus. The grant recognizes Ridgeview’s goal to improve the emergency health care experience by providing the latest advancements in life-saving care to meet the needs of the community.

“On behalf of the Ridgeview community, we thank the Otto Bremer Trust for supporting the expansion and renovation of the Norman and Ann Hoffman Emergency Center,” said Michael Phelps, president and CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center. “This investment will help us continue to respond to our growing communities and deliver excellent emergency care for years to come.”

The $18 million construction project, slated to be completed in 2020, is designed to enhance emergency services, improve overall patient experience and enable Ridgeview to stay on the forefront of technology. Key features include added patient privacy, improved trauma care, enhanced emergency behavioral health care, and updated technology for diagnosing and treating patients.

“Investing in communities is critical to the mission of the Otto Bremer Trust,” said Brian Lipschultz, co-CEO and trustee, OBT. “Meeting the evolving healthcare needs of a growing region is an important way we can help people and communities move forward.”

The matching funds grant stipulates that Ridgeview Foundation raise an additional $300,000 to secure the grant. Call (952) 442-6010 or visit ridgeviewfoundation.org to learn how you can help.

About the Otto Bremer Trust

The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), based in St. Paul, Minn., is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader. OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $700 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. Visit ottobremer.org for more information.

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Ridgeview Clinics receive Health Care Home certification from Minnesota Department of Health

Ridgeview Clinics recently received Health Care Home certification from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) criteria for Health Care Home was implemented into Ridgeview’s Care Coordination Model. The MDH Health Care Home Certification Committee fully endorsed Ridgeview’s HCH certification.

A Health Care Home is a primary care clinic or clinician certified by the MDH to coordinate care among the primary care team, specialists and community partners as a collaborative care team by ensuring patient-centered, whole person care and improving total health and well-being. The Health Care Home designation acknowledges a critical shift from a purely medical model of health care to a focus on linking primary care with wellness, prevention, self-management, education and management of conditions and community services.

With this certification, Ridgeview and its 13 primary care clinics in the southwest metro will continue to increase care coordination by collaborating between primary care providers and community resources to provide quality care within the communities it serves.

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Ridgeview welcomes Brian Moran, MD, Neurology, to Ridgeview Specialty Clinic

Ridgeview is pleased to welcome Brian Moran, MD, Neurology, to Ridgeview Specialty Clinic in Waconia.

Dr. Moran is a board certified neurologist with a subspecialty in epilepsy. He earned his degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed his residency in neurology and fellowship in neurophysiology at the University of Minnesota. In his free time, he enjoys canoeing, cycling and fishing. His favorite wellness tip is “to stay active mentally, physically and socially.”

Dr. Moran sees patients at Ridgeview Specialty Clinic in the Ridgeview Professional Building in Waconia. To schedule an appointment, call 952-442-7807.

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Ridgeview Board Member recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association

Katherine Roehl, secretary, Ridgeview Board of Directors, was recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders. Roehl was one of 25 hospital trustees from across the state who were recognized recently for earning this certification.

By participating in MHA’s voluntary certification program, hospital trustees receive training on current health care trends, governance best practices, ethics, government regulations, patient safety and quality. Participants undergo 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota’s initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

Trustees who have completed MHA board certification are eligible to participate in an additional eight hours of coursework to obtain advanced certification, which provides education to ensure excellence, innovation and accountability in health care governance.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the complex issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO. “Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are equipped to make good decisions. Earning certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.

The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 142 hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities. For more information about MHA’s hospital trustee certification program, visit www.mnhospitals.org/trustees.

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Ridgeview Medical Center welcomes first baby of 2019

Ridgeview Medical Center is pleased to announce the arrival of its first baby of the new year. A baby boy, Dawson Anderson, was born on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at 3:35 a.m., weighing six pounds, 12.5 ounces and measuring 19 inches. He is welcomed by parents Jessica and Nate Anderson of Excelsior, Minn.

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Midwife Jennifer Finger joins Western OB/GYN, A Division of Ridgeview Clinics

Jennifer Finger, CNM

Jennifer Finger, CNM

Jennifer Finger, CNM, has joined Western OB/GYN, a Division of Ridgeview Clinics in December, and sees patients at its Waconia and Chaska clinic locations. The addition of Jennifer grows the long-established practice to seven physicians, four midwives, a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant.

Jennifer is a board-certified nurse midwife with a special interest in well-woman care from adolescence through menopause, water births, holistic care and integrative therapies. “My approach to patient care was greatly influenced by the positive, caring and intuitive support I received during the birth of my own children,” said Jennifer. “With each birth, my midwife worked with me to implement a birthing plan that honored my choices and was by my side throughout the birthing process. I offer that same personalized care for my own patients today,” she added.

Jennifer received her Masters of Science, Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in Hayden, KY.

To schedule an appointment call 952-442-2137.

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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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