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River Falls Area Hospital

Hospital overview

Our history and key facts

River Falls Area Hospital was founded in 1939

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.

History hallway

River Falls Area Hospital History Wall

In 2007, the River Falls Area Hospital Auxiliary Group 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

Community Falls Prevention Program

  • In partnership with the River Falls Medical Clinic and local emergency medical services providers, River Falls Area Hospital launched a fall - prevention initiative in Pierce and St. Croix counties to work with seniors to prevent debilitating and costly falls.

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:

2013

  • Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, the hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for surgical care
  • Top 100 Critical Access Hospital: Ranked by iVantage Health Analytics, the hospital is one of the nation’s best critical access hospitals (25 hospital beds or less) as determined by iVantage’s Hospital Strength Index

2012

  • College of American Pathologists Accredited (CAP)
  • Exceeding Expectations Award: Presented by Avatar International based on performance on key patient satisfaction survey items related to our ability to outperform our patients' expectations.
  • Joint Commission Silver Level Certificate: The Silver Level certificate is awarded to organizations that have achieved an 85%-94% level of compliance with vaccination of their employees and staff.

2011

  • River Falls Area Hospital earned accreditation by the Joint Commission Accreditation, following an on-site survey in March 2011. In addition, the hospital was granted continued deemed status from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services following The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services validation survey conducted by the State of Wisconsin in May 2011.
  • River Falls Area Hospital received the Exceeding Expectations Award presented by Avatar International based on performance of the key patient satisfaction survey items related to our ability to outperform our patients' expectations.
  • Sleep Center Accreditation American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
  • River Falls Area Hospital received Mammography Accreditation presented by American College of Radiology/Federal Drug Administration.
  • River Falls Area Hospital earned the Silver Level certificate presented by the Joint Commission Silver Level Certificate. This award is given to organizations that have achieved an 85-94% level of compliance with vaccination of their employees and staff.

2010

  • Accreditation with Commendation was received by the Commission on Cancer Accreditation (COC) on November 12, 2010. River Falls Area Hospital is the only critical access hospital accredited for cancer care in Wisconsin.
  • The American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certification recognized that the River Falls Area Hospital program was rigorously reviewed by a national board and found to meet the outlined essential requirements for standards of care and was awarded Cardiac Rehab Certification.
  • River Falls Area Hospital of Choice Award presented to River Falls Area Hospital by the American Alliance of Health Care Providers in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
  • River Falls Area Hospital was awarded with the Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence presented by VHA Inc., a national health care network honoring 28 hospitals nationally for meeting or exceeding national performance standards for clinical care and efforts to improve the patient experience.
  • River Falls Area Hospital was awarded the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures presented by The Joint Commission. River Falls Area Hospital was named one of the nation’s top performers on key quality measures based on data reported about evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve surgical care.

2009

  • River Falls Area Hospital of Choice Award presented to River Falls Area Hospital by the American Alliance of Health Care Providers in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

2008

  • River Falls Area Hospital of Choice Award presented to River Falls Area Hospital by the American Alliance of Health Care Providers in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

2012 By the numbers

  • 25: Licensed hospital beds
  • 244: Employees
  • 174: Medical staff
  • 113: Volunteer auxiliary members
  • 212: Babies delivered
  • 5,709: Emergency department visits
  • 2,722: Infusion therapy visits
  • 294: Sleep studies
  • 10,904: Patient meals served: 10,905
  • 197,356: Pounds of patient linens laundered
  • 461: Inpatient surgeries: 461
  • 1,322: Outpatient surgeries
  • 1,135: Inpatient admissions
  • 51,770: Lab tests
  • 23,442: Radiology procedures
  • 322: Charity care patients
  • $2.63: Uncompensated care
  • 24,982: Wellness Center visits
  • 1,598: Hours of athletic training for local student athletes
  • 736: Baseline assessments through our concussion management program
  • 158: Community members trained in CPR and First Aid
  • 208: Staff hours providing first aid at the Pierce County Fair
  • 185: Pounds of candy purchased through our “Halloween Candy Buy-Back” event
  • 486,000: Kilowatt hours of green power purchased
  • 915: pounds of medical supplies kept out of landfill through reprocessing or recycling
  • 40,261: Website visits
  • 229: Facebook fans
  • 190: Robotic surgeries
  • 2,741: Participants in "Neighborhood Health Connection" activities
  • $67,000: Funds raised at Fall Fling to support hospital programs and services

River Falls Area Hospital honored for commitment 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.

Green Health logo

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.