Areas of Need

The Every Moment Counts campaign focuses on raising endowment funds and capital gifts to help secure Ridgeview’s future, and focuses on these key areas of need:



For more than a decade, Ridgeview’s Cancer Care program has earned national approval from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Only 25 percent of U.S. hospitals have this accreditation. For patients and their families it means excellent Cancer care close to home.

An average of 400 new cancer cases are diagnosed and/or treated through Ridgeview’s Cancer Care program annually. From magnetic resonance imaging and 128-slice computed tomography to digital mammography and the breakthrough RapidArc™, Ridgeview physicians and specialists have access to critical technology—to help make patients’ lives better today.

Envision the future to help us keep pace and lead the way:

  • New technologies and approaches that can reinvigorate immune systems to treat certain cancers.
  • The expansion of Ridgeview oncology services.
  • New advanced technology using precise beams of radiation to shrink or eliminate tumors.



Ridgeview patients with common to complex cardiovascular diseases can be treated close to home through our partnership with the Minneapolis Heart Institute ®, a nationally recognized leader in cardiac care.

The level of cardiovascular care is remarkable for a medical center of Ridgeview’s size. Patients benefit from the catheterization lab, the vascular outpatient clinic, interventional radiology and a pacemaker clinic.

Envision the future to help us keep pace and lead the way:

  • Innovative, effective and minimally invasive procedures for heart patients, reducing operating times and hospital stays.
  • Technologies that could play a role in identifying vulnerable patients and those susceptible to heart attacks and heart disease.
  • The advancement of diagnostic and treatment technologies at Ridgeview.



Ridgeview physicians, specialists and nurses are dedicated to the science and art of helping people change their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health. These changes can be facilitated through a combination of efforts that encourages people to develop healthy habits, while discouraging those habits that may lead to illness, disability or premature death.

The goal of Ridgeview’s health and wellness program is to achieve a balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, occupational and intellectual health.

Envision the future to help us keep pace and lead the way:

  • Fund the effort to help physicians establish multi-faceted programs dedicated to quality of life, exercise, diet, smoking cessation, stress management, pain management and work-life balance.
  • Establish a program to facilitate health screenings and alternative medicine education.


Surgical Services

Ridgeview Surgical Services improves outcomes while reducing complications—a distinction awarded by the Surgical Care Improvement Process that ranks Ridgeview in the top 3 percent of more than 2,300 acute care hospitals nationwide.

Ridgeview offers state-of-the art procedures using the da Vinci® robot. Its Center for Joint Replacement offers programs and services conveniently close to home. But it’s the well-orchestrated, personal care that patients remember most.

Envision the Future to Help Us Keep Pace and Lead the Way:

  • The improvement and expansion of Ridgeview’s Surgical Services to offer more minimally-invasive procedures that allow shorter hospital stays and faster patient recovery.
  • Innovative operating rooms that incorporate computer-assisted technologies for the advancement of surgical outcomes.
  • Developments in augmented reality, where computer-generated images are overlaid onto images of the real world to help surgeons more accurately and effectively perform surgeries and procedures.


Emergency Services

Emergency care impacts the lives of more than 20,000 patients annually at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.

With the opening of the Two Twelve Medical Center in Chaska—the first stand-alone emergency care and urgent care model in the upper Midwest—patients and their families are ensured seamless emergency care through:

  • State-of-the-art communications center and helicopter pad.
  • Staff certified in emergency medicine, advanced life support and trauma care.
  • On-site diagnostic imaging.
  • Dedicated trauma bays.

Envision the Future to Help Us Keep Pace and Lead the Way:

  • New cutting-edge software and mobile devices to streamline patient care and improve paramedic efficiency.
  • Creation of new triage areas with new technologies that will enhance the patient experience and improve patient care.
  • Comprehensive cardiac monitors, CPR machines, and other life-saving, innovative devices for paramedics and professional responders to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest and other emergencies.



Ridgeview is prepared to be there for patients and their families with immediate resources and care when that moment arrives. We expect the unexpected—the reason you may prefer the idea of an unrestricted endowment gift. It means your gift will be used with the utmost care to support Ridgeview’s highest priorities. This type of gift is especially appreciated because it allows us the flexibility to respond quickly and effectively to critical operational and programmatic needs and opportunities.


Women & Children

Ridgeview designed the Center for Women & Children with family in mind—to support individual health care needs at all life stages. From the Neonatal Care Unit, in partnership with nationally recognized Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, to a birthing center with a reputation as “the place” to have a baby, the center is a destination for individualized, medical excellence and a comprehensive service offering:

  • Perinatology
  • Bladder & Pelvic Health
  • Birthing Center
  • Pediatric & Young Adult Care
  • Neonatal Care Unit

Envision the Future to Help Us Keep Pace and Lead the Way:

  • New comprehensive health screening and management of unique health problems for women between the ages of 45 and 64.
  • Women’s and children’s specialty centers or virtual centers where services and providers are integrated through protocols, processes or technology, which could include screening, diagnosis, management and rehabilitation.
  • Implementation and expansion of minimally-invasive procedures for women to reduce hospital stays and improve patient recovery time.