River Falls Area Hospital
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Our history and key facts
From the beginning, quality and compassionate care has been part of the health care delivered to River Falls and the surrounding areas – healing and helping our neighbors throughout their lives.
The hospital, founded in 1939, has evolved from a small city hospital to a larger regional hospital that is backed up by the Allina Health network.
Our health care campus includes the River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls Medical Clinic, a number of specialty provider partners and the Kinnic Long-Term Care Facility.
The current campus opened in September of 1992 and operates 25 beds as a critical access hospital. We have more than 250 employees and 156 doctors on staff.
The focus of the hospital, clinic and specialty partners is to deliver exceptional health care, support services and preventive care — putting the patient first in everything we do. Our health center provides an integrated personalized approach to patient care, where hospital staff, doctors, clinic staff, long-term care and rehabilitation / wellness services are provided in unison.
Our patients can count on getting the best health care possible … right here.
In 2007, the Volunteers in Partnership with River Falls Area Hospital proposed using empty space in a high-traffic area of the hospital to provide a pictorial history of medical care in River Falls.
With the help of the River Falls Journal, word of the project spread to the community at large, and a significant collection of information, stories and photos was amassed. Local architect Matt Frisbie brought his expertise and passion to the project, contributing countless hours to turn the collection into a work of art.
Patients, staff, visitors and volunteers now find the hospital’s History Hallway a place to linger and learn. We invite you to stop by and enjoy this work in process!
Here for your health!
Accreditation, awards and honors
As a part of Allina Health, River Falls Area Hospital demonstrates a commitment to provide exceptional health care to the patients we serve. Each year, the hospital and staff are recognized for their incredible care and expertise through the following awards and accreditations:
2012 By the numbers
River Falls Area Hospital honored for committment to environment
River Falls Area Hospital was honored for its efforts to reduce mercury and as an environmental partner by Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations.
River Falls Area Hospital was honored with the Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award, which designates exceptional efforts to rid the health care sector of the harmful chemical mercury, commonly used in medical care.
The environmental partnership award honors organizations that have outstanding environmental achievements in the health care industry.
Over the last year, the hospital has not only switched all their dinnerware, silverware and cups to Earth Smart dinnerware, they now utilize renewable energy blocks which accounts for over 20 percent of their monthly total usage.
Other environmental friendly activities the hospital is involved with is a battery recycling program, a robust recycling program including donating unusable surgical supplies to the veterinary hospital at the University of Minnesota and creation of a community garden.
Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence awards are presented to organizations making an exceptional effort to create a healthier environment.
Practice Greenhealth presented Environmental Excellence awards in 7 categories for their work and commitment to health care and the environment today.
Practice Greenhealth is the nation's leading membership and networking organization for institutions in the healthcare community that have made a commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices. Members include hospitals, health care systems, businesses and other stakeholders engaged in the greening of health care to improve the health of patients, staff and the environment.
Practice Greenhealth is a source of environmental solutions for the health care sector.
For more information on Practice Greenhealth, healthy initiatives, current trends, news and views and other links to earth-friendly organizations, visit practicegreenhealth.org.