Letter From Our Board Chair

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Noreen Kleinfehn Wald, RN, PHN, MA
Scott County Public Health
Board Chair
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As I reflect back on 2019, the renewal of River Valley is evident! We have reincorporated our name to River Valley Health Services, and changed our logo to focus on health and the heart of service built on relationships, respect and dignity with our uninsured clients.  Our vision for compassionate, timely and accessible health services for all in Scott and Carver counties continues. We remain focused on our mission to promote community wellness through serving vulnerable individuals and ensuring access to health resources in the community.

In 2019, we saw a 66% increase in client contacts either through screening activities or nursing assessment visits. Screening for diabetes through the HgA1c testing is a new service for the community and we launched our first event in December by screening 32 seniors at a subsidized housing building. 25% were found to be in the pre-diabetic stage, and were referred for appropriate care. Our client visits for nursing assessment grew from 244 in 2018 to an estimated 425 in 2019.

I am thankful for our Board members representing corporate medical facilities and community partners who have assumed new responsibilities. A special shout-out goes to our Director, Bill Swanstrom, whose tireless energy and enthusiasm provides a fresh perspective in our renewal. Lastly, River Valley Health Services is grateful for the financial support of St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Carver County Public Health, Scott County Public Health (Statewide Health Improvement Partnership), many churches, civic organizations and individual donors. It is with great anticipation that we look forward to 2020 as year to solidify our base and expand services!