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 earned her degree at the
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.
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:
- Nima M. Adimi, MD, Anethesiology, Ridgeview Spine & Pain Center
- Kamruz Darabi, MD, FAAD, Dermatology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic
- Lucy Kurtz Eikevik, DO, Family Medicine, Ridgeview Excelsior Clinic
- Rachael Harter, DO, Internal Medicine, Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic
- Gretchen Soberay, DO, Family Medicine, Ridgeview Delano Clinic
- Wade Swenson, MD, Otolaryngology, Ridgeview Chaska Clinic
- Mustafa Tiewala, MD, Gastroenterology, Ridgeview Specialty Clinic
- Said Alsidawi, MD, Cardiovascular Disease, Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Ridgeview Heart Center
- Sarah E. Carlson, MD, Family Medicine, Lakeview Clinic, Ltd.
- Erin L. Chinnock, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Lakeview Clinic, Ltd.
- Scott M. Holthusen, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, Twin Cities Orthopedics
- Kellie C. Stecher, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, OBGYN West
- Ashenafi Tamene, MD, Cardiovascular Disease, Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Ridgeview Heart Center
To research a Ridgeview or Ridgeview-associated top doctor, visit
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.