Ridgeview’s initiative to raise money for area nonprofit organizations grows

Waconia, MN (June 12, 2014)—Ridgeview Medical Center has provided more than $10,000 to 66 local nonprofit organizations since September 2013, when it launched a new giving initiative in partnership with DoTopia.

With goals to help improve their health while giving back to area nonprofits, hundreds of people have taken action and registered with Ridgeview’s Family Health Manager online tool and directed $15 to one nonprofit of their choice located within Ridgeview’s five-county service area.

“An increasing number of individuals and local nonprofits are benefitting from this initiative, and it’s rewarding for Ridgeview to help ‘give back’ and support those who make a difference in the lives of others in our communities,” said Robert Stevens, president and CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center.

“We are thrilled to benefit from the DoTopia initiative sponsored through Ridgeview Medical Center,” said Joel Landskroener, Executive Director, Mayer Lutheran High School. “Not only did our school raise money to help our kids, but those who participated also received suggestions that improved their health IQ and enjoyment of living. We are grateful for the opportunity to help people and to improve the quality of life in our school community.”

Individuals can take control of their health and raise money for a nonprofit
To direct a one-time $15 donation to the nonprofit of their choice, individuals are invited to:

  • Create a Family Health Manager account at http://health.ridgeviewmedical.org, and
  • Complete a short, online health assessment, and
  • Log at least two health interests and enter an organization’s unique code when prompted (look for the list of codes, by organization name and city, on Ridgeview’s website).

Family Health Manager is a free tool available on Ridgeview’s website, designed to help adults proactively manage their health and the health of their family members. The interactive tool includes an online health assessment, through which an individual “Health Score” is generated across 10 categories—helping people identify and track progress toward health goals, connect to local resources and receive recommendations to improve health.

Family Health Manager also includes information about local health care providers, health and wellness classes and programs, interactive health information and more, including:

  • A place to log and track key health numbers—such as blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.
  • Action steps to improve personal health scores in key areas of wellness (activity, nutrition, sleep, pain management and well-being)

For more information about how organizations can become involved, call Ridgeview’s Community Relations department at 952-442-8084.

About Ridgeview Medical Center

Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit, regional health care system located just 35 minutes west of Minneapolis on Highway 5. Its network includes two hospitals—located in Waconia and Arlington—a multitude of primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs, and Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska—a free-standing 24/7 emergency and urgent care facility with multispecialty clinics and services. For more information about Ridgeview Medical Center, visit www.ridgeviewmedical.org.

About DoTopia

DoTopia is a Minnesota-based nonprofit that creates solutions for matching gifts, workplace campaigns and volunteer recognition. Working with each client, DoTopia designs a way to enhance the power of giving to motivate and recognize employees, reward loyal customers and increase overall engagement in corporate social responsibility initiatives. For more information about DoTopia’s new currency of giving, visit www.dotopia.com