Ridgeview at Enki

At least 100 people gathered at Enki Brewing in Victoria on September 19th, for presentations about health care in the community and the changing of the guard at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, just 7 miles from Victoria.  Pictured above, John Hayes, co-founder of Enki and member of the Board of the Ridgeview Foundation, visits with Kandis Hanson, former City Manager of Mound.

Bob Stevens, left, who is retiring December 31st, 2017, as CEO at Ridgeview Medical Center, and Michael Phelps, the incoming CEO.  Said Mr. Stevens, “I’ve got a new title, Transition Officer.  I want those who have two or more beers to help me write the job description for Transition Officer.”

Barbarajo, manager of the Victoria House restaurant in downtown Victoria, catered the event.  It was delicious.

Related in several ways to the Ridgeview Foundation , (l-r); Nan Emmer, Mike Gearman, Rita and Ray Quist.

It was good to meet Nancy Schrempp (daughter of the late Jerry and Dolores Schrempp of Victoria), and Christine Bergmann, mother of the Matt Bergmann, new president of the Victoria Lions Club.

Gail Berger, founder of The Blessing House in Victoria, and Nan Emmer, Victoria realtor with Coldwell Banker Burnet.

Kellie Sites, President of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce, and Gail Berger pose for one more picture.

Tom Erdmann, with Jim Hoffman of Victoria, former member of the Victoria Senior Commission.

Most guests had ties to Ridgeview as volunteers, staff, and board members.  The editor of the Victoria Gazette was invited by John Hayes of Enki.

Mr. Stevens spoke of the growing community, people with long roots who welcomed growth, the physicians and staff at Ridgeview who are second to none.  “They put patients first,” he said.

Mr. Phelps said, “We’ll look at new technologies and new partners.  We’re going head to head with Mayo.  And we are embarking on a new emergency center at a cost of $12 to $15 million.”  It was an inspirational event.  Thank you, John, and thank you Ridgeview.