Local physicians named 2019 ‘Top Doctors’ by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Thirty Ridgeview-associated physicians were named to the 23rd
edition of the Top Doctors list recently published by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. They
are included in a list of 819 physicians in 45 specialties.

Below are the recognized Ridgeview-employed and 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 2019 Top Doctors. View the full list.

To learn more about Ridgeview or Ridgeview-associated top
doctors, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org.

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New law allows Ridgeview to add 20 inpatient hospital beds

May 22, 2019, Governor Tim Walz signed into law an act allowing Ridgeview to
expand its inpatient program in its Waconia hospital by 20 additional beds.
Governor Walz’s signature followed unanimous approval of the bill SF
– amending
a 2003 Minnesota Statute restricting use of hospital beds – by both the Minnesota Senate and
Minnesota House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

to Ridgeview President and CEO Mike Phelps, Ridgeview had previously been
allocated the use of the 20 licensed beds by the legislature in 2003, but
“regulatory restrictions prevented an ‘existing hospital’ – Ridgeview – from
adding any more hospital beds for medical or surgical use.”

growing demand and community need for additional inpatient beds, Ridgeview
approached its local legislators – Senator
Scott Jensen (R), District 47
and Representative
Jim Nash (R), District 47A
– to author bills for the Minnesota Senate and House to
amend the 2003 statute. This new legislation does not create a new hospital
license for Ridgeview, though it allows Ridgeview to add up to 20 more hospital
beds at any time.

As the southwest metro
region continues to grow, Ridgeview “wanted this additional capacity to ensure
Ridgeview can continue to meet the needs of the many patients and communities
we now serve in a seven-county area,” Phelps said. “We will now continue our
assessment to identify the specific purposes for these beds and a timeline for
potential expansion.”

Jensen said “the impact and community benefit of Ridgeview Medical Center
should be apparent to anyone who lives within 100 miles of this hospital
system. For me, to help Ridgeview advance its mission and its services to the
patients and communities it serves is a privilege. I am pleased that Governor
Walz has signed the bill to allow Ridgeview to utilize 20 additional beds in
whatever manner it chooses.”

“This is great news for our community and Ridgeview Medical Center. It will result in more patients from the southwest metro and the immediate area can be treated at this fantastic facility,” said Representative Nash. “It will also create new nursing jobs, support jobs and facility jobs for our community. Bills like this are proof we can work together to get things done for communities across our state.” “We greatly appreciate the work by Senator Jensen and Representative Nash, as well as the co-authors of the bill in both the Senate and the House – Senator Eric Pratt (R), District 55; Senator Matt Klein (DFL), District 52; Representative Kelly Morrison (DFL), District 33B; Representative Glenn Gruenhagen (R), District 18B; Representative Patty Acomb (DFL), District 44B; and Representative Laurie Halverson (DFL), District 51B – to move this through for approval,” Phelps added. “It’s not often a bill has unanimous bi-partisan support. Our bills passed the House with a 126-0 vote and the Senate with a 66-0 vote, which is a testament to the support and confidence our elected officials have in Ridgeview as a community health system.”

Read the Star Tribune article about the approval of bill SF 328.

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Ridgeview welcomes Angela Larson, FNP, to Ridgeview Spine & Pain Center

Ridgeview is pleased to welcome Angela
, FNP, to Ridgeview
Spine & Pain Center

Larson earned her degree at the
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is a Nurse Practitioner dedicated
to improving the management of pain and improving the quality of life of her
patients by addressing health and wellness holistically. She enjoys helping
people find health, joy and happiness. Her favorite wellness tip is, “Eat
healthy, exercise, get outside and talk to people every day.” When not seeing
patients, Larson enjoys family time, dog walks and is a volunteer mentor of
youth groups at her church.

Larson sees patients at Ridgeview
Spine & Pain Center
in Two
Twelve Medical Center
in Chaska. Call 952-856-4033 for appointments.

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Ridgeview awards scholarships to area high school seniors

Pictured with Linda Roebke, Ridgeview Scholarship Committee member, are (top, from left): Ayush Shah, Brielle Bornhorst, Ciera Johnson, Brielle Iddings, Audrey Steinhagen, Anna-Maya Sipilia, Haley Jensrud, Marissa Grothe (bottom, from left): Ariana Higgins, Gretchen Wuerger, Brooke Willmsen, Bronwyn Boyce-Erickson, Lauren Lachenmayer, Katlyn Porkornowski, Nathaniel Hausladen. (Not pictured): Kelsey Berndt, Jessica Breuggemeier, Miah Busse, Rhyan Hermann, Sophia Strelnieks, Megan Thomas, and Grace Zieske.

Ridgeview is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of a $2,000 Health Care Scholarship. Scholarships were awarded to the following high school students who are pursuing a health-care related degree or career:

  • Jessica Breuggemeier                    Belle Plaine
  • Audrey Steinhagen                         Central (Norwood Young America)
  • Bronwyn-Boyce-Erickson               Chanhassen
  • Marissa Grothe                               Chaska
  • Gretchen Wuerger                          Delano
  • Miah Busse                                     GFW Schools
  • Rhyan Hermann                             Glencoe-Silver Lake
  • Brielle Bornhorst                             Holy Family
  • Katlyn Pokornowski                        Holy Trinity
  • Ariana Higgins                                Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted
  • Nathaniel Hausladen                      Lester Prairie
  • Kelsey Berndt                                 Le Sueur-Henderson
  • Megan Thomas                               Mayer Lutheran
  • Ayush Shah                                    Minnetonka
  • Lauren Lachenmayer                      Mound-Westonka
  • Anna-Maya Sipilia                           Orono
  • Brooke Willmsen                             Sibley East
  • Sophia Strelnieks                            Southwest Christian
  • Ciera Johnson                                Waconia
  • Grace Zieske                                  Ridgeview employee child, Waconia
  • Haley Jensrud                                 Watertown Mayer
  • Brielle Iddings                                 Non-Traditional

This year, Ridgeview awarded $44,000 in scholarships to west-metro students. Funding for the Ridgeview Health Care Scholarship Program is generously provided by Ridgeview Foundation’s Friends & Family Committee, Ridgeview Sibley Foundation, Ridgeview LeSueur Auxilliary Group and an anonymous community donor.

In 2001, Ridgeview Foundation created the scholarship program in response to the shortage of health care workers. Nearly $90,000 was raised at the 2001 Ridgeview Foundation Golf Extravaganza toward the creation of the scholarship program. With this year’s awards for 2019, we have now awarded nearly 300 scholarships since the program’s inception. Ridgeview becomes an educational resource for many recipients as they frequently participate in job shadows and internships offered by Ridgeview. To date, over 20 previous scholarship recipients have come to work at Ridgeview.

For more information about the scholarship program and its eligibility requirements, or to donate to the scholarship fund, please contact Ridgeview Foundation at 952-442-6010. Application forms for the 2020 scholarships will be available February 2020.

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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 406 doctors in 44 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 44 specialties and evaluated on myriad factors, including, but not limited to, professional achievement, reviewed 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 2019 Top Doctors Rising Stars listing include:

Ridgeview physicians:

Ridgeview-affiliated physicians:

To research a Ridgeview or Ridgeview-associated top doctor, visit


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