Rivers Cancer Center Offers Support Classes

The Rivers Cancer Center will be hosting support and educational gatherings to adults facing cancer, as well as friends and family who want to learn more and connect with others on this unexpected journey. These free meetings will be held from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. every other Wednesday at the River Falls Area Hospital. Each session has a unique focus and participants may come to one session or attend all in the series. Meeting topics will include cancer basics, treatment and prevention, symptom management, nutrition, exercise and wellness, lymphedema, alternative healing, resources and the role of the American Cancer Society.   Each session will begin with a guest speaker, have time for questions, and end with an opportunity to connect with others around the challenges of cancer. For additional information or questions please contact Amy Cernohous, RN or Kathy Hogberg, MSW at...

River Falls, Ellsworth & Spring Valley Medical Clinics Recognized as Top Performers

(River Falls, Wi) – According to new results released by MN Community Measurement, a non-profit organization that provides objective information on the quality of health care, the Ellsworth Medical Clinic – a division of Western Wisconsin Medical Associates that includes River Falls and Spring Valley Medical Clinics — is one of the state’s top performers in providing Optimal Diabetes Care and Optimal Ischemic Vascular Disease care. MN Community Measurement reports that on-average, 25.1% of patients with diabetes are optimally managed, meaning these patients have control of their blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol; they don’t use or have quit tobacco; and are taking aspirin when appropriate. The Ellsworth Medical Clinic had 46.7% of their diabetic patients optimally managed. Spring Valley Clinic had 35% of their diabetic patients optimally managed and River Falls had 31.7% optimally managed — all three exceeding the average clinic’s outcome and surpassing the national average of 12%. “Studies have shown that control of blood glucose and blood pressure reduces the risk of blindness, kidney disease, stroke, and heart attacks in people with type 2 diabetes, said Keri Lijewski, MD at the Ellsworth Medical Clinic. “Our results reflect our commitment to helping protect the health of our patients with chronic illness.” The average clinics’ for Optimal Ischemic Vascular Disease (strokes & heart attacks) management is 33.8%. The Ellsworth Medical Clinic far surpassed other clinics with 68.3%  of their patients optimally managed. The Spring Valley Clinic and River Falls Clinic also optimally managed the care of patients with ischemic vascular disease. “The Ellsworth, River Falls and Spring Valley Medical Clinics participate in measuring the quality of health care being provided in this community...