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The SouthWest Metro area is replete with outstanding healthcare resources. Private practices specializing in everything from chiropractic, dentistry and eye care to physical therapy and home health are complemented by a variety of clinics and major hospital campuses.

In nearby Waconia, residents have access to Ridgeview Medical Center, the anchor of a reputable regional healthcare network. The 109-bed acute care hospital serves more than 300,000 people in a five-county region with an exhaustive list of healthcare services and programs, which are enhanced by modern facilities and advanced technologies.

In 2007, the Minneapolis Heart Institute opened at the Ridgeview Heart Center, and the Center for Women & Children has expanded with the addition of a new Birthing Center in the summer of 2009. This addition is followed up by a new Neonatal ICU, which is set to open in 2010.

For the last 10 years, the hospital’s Oncology Program has received approval, with 2009 bringing in approval “with commendation,” by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, placing it among only 25 percent of all hospitals in the country to earn this recognition. Further notable medical areas include orthopedics, surgery, emergency and diagnostic imaging services.

These outstanding centers of excellence, coupled with a dedicated staff exceeding 1,400 employees, has led to Ridgeview garnering much recognition over the years. In 2008 and again in 2009, Ridgeview was ranked among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for patient safety, as it received the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. Additionally, the hospital was recognized as a top performing hospital after receiving the Midas+ Platinum Quality Award for Excellence in Clinical Performance in 2008 and 2009.

In addition to the main hospital, Ridgeview operates a number of community-based health facilities. The Ridgeview Chanhassen Clinic employs the services of several practicing physicians and specialists offering care in such areas as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, occupational medicine, obstetrics, orthopedics, urology, dietetics/nutrition therapy and cardiology. The summer of 2009 welcomed the new Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice Home in Chaska, a Medicare-certified residential hospice center providing general and inpatient care services. Ridgeview’s newest addition is the three-story, 100,000-square-foot medical facility in Chaska, which has already broken ground. The facility will feature a freestanding ER, on-site primary and specialty outpatient services and up to 200,000 square feet of space for future expansion.

Also close by is St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, a healthcare institution that has been recognized as one of the finest community hospitals in the U.S. The hospital recently completed a $40 million expansion project, which doubled the size of its former facility. A new bed tower/patient care unit was built on the north side of the campus as part of the expansion initiative. Other elements include the expansion of the Emergency Department by 10,000 square feet and added space in the cancer center, diagnostic imaging, laboratory and patient registration areas. The addition also left space for future growth of inpatient and outpatient surgical services.

In addition to the main campus, St. Francis operates several clinics in the SouthWest Metro area and is a partner with several healthcare providers, including Park Nicollet Health Services—a resource that operates the Park Nicollet Clinic in Chanhassen. This location offers care in 45 medical specialties, which ranges from urgent care, family medicine and physical medicine/rehabilitation to optometry, pediatrics, dermatology and asthma/allergic diseases.

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