Thank you to Minnesota Valley Electric Cooperative for awarding us a $1,500 grant to help fund our family account. Our family account is used to reimburse clients with some of the following expenses: visit costs, medication, eyewear, medical supplies, etc.
Here is a photo of our three nurses (Mary, Heidi, and Barb) along with our Director (Amber) at the Project Community Connect (PCC) event held on November 19th.
We were happy to be a part of a coordinated medical services area along with partners: St Mary’s, Scott County Mobile Clinic, and St Francis. The event helped 400 people in Scott and Carver counties who are homeless or near homeless and the medical area provided medical exams and resources to 30+ people.
Chaska Rotary Gala at Oakridge Conference Center…..accepting our gift from Dave Pokorney were Barbara Zell, Executive Director and Terry Hassan, community outreach and translator. $15,000 from the Chaska Rotary and a matching $15,000 from Allina St. Francis Regional Medical Center. What an evening and what a gift!!! Thank you all for your generosity, faith and trust in the work that we do.
Why do nurses do what they do? As many reasons as there are nurses, but this week we were again reminded of why the River Valley Health Services exists. Not only are we a place for our families to come but also a place where nursing leadership is exemplified.
Last Monday a mom, new to Minnesota, brought her 5 year-old son in to have sutures looked at and removed. A very happy little boy at first, he became very apprehensive as his mom walked him into the nurse’s office. He reluctantly “helped” clean his leg and remained distracted enough to allow the sutures to be removed. Loud cries and many “no’s” but finally complete. He jumped up, gave us a big “high five” and left with books and color crayons.
Today mom came back with her son, who, when he saw the nurse in the parking lot, jumped out of the van and offered another “high five”. He wanted to come back and see his “other gramma” his mom said.
That’s why we do what we do!