Ridgeview Medical Center and Crown College team up to support nursing program in Haiti

WACONIA, Minn. (Oct. 28, 2013)—In recognition of National Nurses Week and to help grow the profession of nursing, Ridgeview Medical Center—in partnership with Crown College—has collected funds for the past two years to support the needs of a new nursing program in Haiti. In 2012, the students all received stethoscopes, thermometers and other clinical equipment. This year, the school and students had a need for classroom supplies, and a cross-organizational Ridgeview team stepped into action.

Ridgeview Surgical Services provided equipment wraps, which were recycled and sewn to create book bags for each student. Under the leadership of Doug Hauschild, manager, Ridgeview Facility Services, local parishioners and community volunteers were recruited to sew the 60 bags. Nearly $800 was collected from Ridgeview’s Patient Care staff to stock the bags with notebooks, pens, pencils and other supplies before the bags were shipped to Haiti.

“This international outreach effort is just one more example of Ridgeview’s commitment to ‘give back’ and embrace our culture of kindness, compassion and intuition,” said Pat Michaelson, vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, Ridgeview Medical Center. “Thank you to the extended Ridgeview community for sharing time, talent and treasure to make a difference for these nursing students.”

About Ridgeview Medical Center
Ridgeview Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit, regional health care network located just 35 minutes west of Minneapolis on Highway 5. Its network includes the Waconia-based acute care hospital, 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 multi-specialty clinics and services.