“Delivering the best care in the best facilities is Ridgeview’s constant goal. The Innovation for Generations campaign is helping us fulfill that promise, whether for our youngest pediatric patients or our senior patients. Renovating patient rooms and support areas to meet the unique needs of our patients and their families is a challenge that we embrace and are excited to complete. We need your support to achieve this vision. As a supporter and donor, you continue to exceed our hopes and dreams. Ridgeview is a phenomenal health care system that owes much of its success to you.”
–Robert Stevens, President and CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center
Have you or a loved one experienced a hospital stay at Ridgeview Medical Center? If so, you very well may have been in the last original part of the hospital on the 2nd floor. Whether you were here in 1970 or as recently as 2012, you may have noticed the critical need for upgrades in this area.
We are writing today to ask for support for the Innovation for Generations campaign to help renovate Ridgeview’s nearly 50-year-old medical/surgical wing and to aid in the expansion of critical services at Ridgeview Medical Center.
As donors ourselves, we realize the importance of Ridgeview and the outstanding services it provides. We can’t imagine what our region would be like if area families and loved ones didn’t have the facilities, technology, or skilled doctors and staff to turn to at Ridgeview Medical Center.
From “kids to cancer” and from the “very oldest to the very youngest,” the 1963 wing is one of the most important and utilized spaces in the hospital. New patient rooms will be designed to serve as “universal rooms”—allowing tremendous flexibility for the hospital as they will have similar layouts and equipment, yet offer unique features to meet individual patient needs. The improved care areas and expanded Ridgeview services are part of an ongoing effort by leadership to ensure that the Ridgeview Medical Center meets the ever-changing needs of patients in our region … for generations to come.
This much-needed renovation will include:
- State-of-the-art technologies, including a new patient-nurse communication system
- Decentralized nursing stations to maximize a nurse proximity and interaction with patients and families
- Universal rooms for patients young and old
- Renovated private patient rooms designed with a warm, healing environment and décor, yet equipped with the latest technology to provide advanced therapies and information
- Office and work space available for nurses, doctors and staff
- Gathering space for families
- Support, education and counseling spaces
The expansion of critical Ridgeview services will include:
- Complete redesign of Infusion Therapy suites to provide privacy and comfort for patients and their families
- Geriatric Mental Health wing—a new inpatient program on the 2nd floor dedicated to helping older adults address issues such as depression, confusion, delirium and anxiety
As you can see from these lists, this important campaign will have an impact on patients and their families—both young and old. And with the changing face of health care and the many unknown challenges Ridgeview will face in the coming years, Innovation for Generations is the greatest opportunity to adapt at minimal expense.
Ridgeview is a nonprofit, independent health care organization; almost 100 percent of its net revenue is required to maintain operations, leaving a very small percentage to invest in technology, facilities and new services. The estimated cost of the renovated space is $4.7 million. We need your help now.
Thanks to the generous financial support of our donors, we have the resources in place to provide a variety of essential services to the patients we serve. We ask you to please join us and consider a gift to Ridgeview Foundation to help us continue to provide the highest level of care with kindness, compassion and intuition.
With your help, our patients—and their families—will continue to receive what they have come to expect: quality health care, close to home. You are allowing us to fund this new initiative and help maintain Ridgeview’s legacy of outstanding patient care.
With sincere gratitude,
Ridgeview Foundation Board Member
and Proud Supporter of Ridgeview
Proud Supporter of Ridgeview
P.S. Your 100% tax-deductible gift may be made by sending your donation in the enclosed envelope or by visiting us at www.ridgeviewfoundation.org. Your support means the world to us. Thank you.
Thank you for your generosity and compassion.
“Never before has philanthropy meant so much to Ridgeview Medical Center. Your generous support and involvement has a direct impact on the level and sophistication of health care that Ridgeview can provide. Without these significant facilities and the donors who helped provide them, we couldn’t enhance the lives of those entering our world, or those leaving it.”
—Doug Stasek, Vice President—Corporate Communications & Philanthropy
Philanthropy is a key factor in helping us fund future innovation and leading-edge technology. More than 30 projects have been funded by philanthropy in the last decade, including:
- Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Ridgeview Heart Center
- Two surgery suites
- Ridgeview Community Auditorium
- Ridgeview Community Chapel
- A renovated cafeteria
- Cardiac/Intensive Care Unit (CICU)
- Communications Center
- The new Center for Women & Children
- The Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska
Imagine the relief of our patients and staff like …
... 2-year-old Maddie, who needs a comforting area to have a painful procedure done, separate from her hospital room—she won’t be afraid of her room.
... 16-year-old Jake, who has just undergone a surgery for a severe sports injury and has a private room for his many visitors—he will experience privacy.
... 48-year-old Mary, who visits Ridgeview for weekly chemotherapy treatments, hoping peaceful surroundings will ease her anxiety—she will feel calm.
... 82-year-old Bob, who has issues with dementia and needs a stabilizing environment so he can go home to his family—his family will know he is in a safe place.
... All of the Ridgeview nurses, who need adequate support space allowing them to stay close to their patients—they will never be far from the patients.