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Sue Lussenden recognized for Nursing Excellence


Redwood Area Hospital registered nurse, Sue Lussenden, has been recognized with the hospital’s annual Nursing Excellence Award.  She was selected by the hospital’s nursing management committee in recognition of her outstanding performance in clinical excellence, leadership, patient advocacy and interdisciplinary collaboration. “Sue is a strong patient advocate with a positive attitude that radiates to those […]

Recover closer to home

Swing Bed at Redwood Area Hospital

When is Swing Bed the right care for you?  If you are recovering from an acute hospital stay or major surgery, but still need some form of daily skilled nursing or skilled rehabilitation service, you may be eligible for “Skilled Swing Bed” care under Medicare or “Transitional Care” under private insurance. “The great benefit of […]

Easing the sneezing

Fall allergies

How to survive the fall pollen season We all enjoy the colors of autumn. The leaves start to change, the weather is cooling down, and the fiery beauty of the fall colors come alive. Fall is also the season of weed allergens.  Pollen released by weeds and the harvest pollens of corn, oat, wheat and […]

Outpatient therapy services EXEMPT from Medicare therapy cap

If you are a Medicare Beneficiary, you may have received a letter from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) services regarding an $1800 annual cap on your therapy services benefits. Please be aware that outpatient therapy services at Redwood Area Hospital are EXEMPT from the therapy cap and your therapy benefits have not changed. […]

Six Things That Cause the Elderly to Fall

By Marlo Sollitto, contributing editor with Falls are the leading cause of death, injury and hospital admissions among the elderly population. In fact, one out of every three seniors falls every year. Last year alone, more than 1.6 million seniors were treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries. Several factors contribute to the fact that seniors […]

New Occupational Therapy Services


Hands-On Therapy with Graston Technique® and Pediatric Occupational Therapy The occupational therapy team atRedwoodAreaHospitalis pleased to offer new treatment options for patients: 1) a new technique for soft tissue dysfunction and 2) expanded services for pediatric patients. “Now there are more ways we can help patients with customized plans of care and convenient services right […]

Communicating With People Who Have Aphasia

Some “Do’s & Donts” from the National Aphasia Association Aphasia is a communication impairment usually acquired as a result of a stroke or other brain injury. It affects both the ability to express oneself through speech, gesture, and writing, and to understand the speech, gesture, and writing of others. Aphasia thus changes the way in […]

Immediate Action Can Save Your Life

Following dinner, your spouse begins complaining of indigestion. As the evening progresses, so does your husband’s pain. He insists it’s just bad heartburn. You insist he see a doctor immediately. You call 911. For most people, the decision to seek emergency medical attention is a tough one. It’s easier to deny the symptoms. And while […]

Speech Therapy Helps Patients of All Ages

Redwood Area Hospital is pleased to provide a speech therapy program for children and adults who struggle with problems related to speech, language or swallowing. Joann A A nderson, speech pathologist, helps patients learn techniques for improvement so they can apply these skills in everyday situations. Anderson enjoys working with patients of all ages with […]

Getting to the Heart of the Matter – Here at Home

Not so long ago, Redwood Falls area residents who needed to undergo stress echo testing had to travel to Willmar or the Twin Cities. But in September 2008, Redwood Area Hospital, which has offered regular treadmill stress testing for decades, also began providing stress echo testing. As a result, patients have enjoyed quick, convenient testing, […]