Dr. Ken Ripp recognized by Minnesota Medical Association with Community Service Award
Dr. Kenneth Ripp, a family practice physician at Raiter Clinic in Cloquet was presented with the Community Service Award by the Minnesota Medical Association at its annual meeting on September 16.
Dr. Ripp has a long history of volunteering to benefit the community. After graduating from college, he spent a year as a volunteer teacher in Kingston, Jamaica. After completing medical school and residency in New York, he joined Raiter Clinic in 1995. Since then, his volunteer activities have included teaching English as a second language, acting as a medical liaison to the Hmong community and encouraging youth participation in numerous sports. Dr. Ripp helped create a Nordic ski program to encourage youth to cross-country ski. Over the years, the program has grown from six to 60 participants. In addition, he’s coached youth soccer and helped to create a year-round adult soccer league.
On the medical front, Dr. Ripp has served as chief of Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Services and medical director of the city’s ambulance service. He is medical director for quality at Raiter Clinic and president and medical director of quality for Integrity Health Network, which represents 25 independent clinics and 250 physicians.
Raiter Clinic welcomes Dr. Joanna Burns to its staff
Joanna Burns, M.D., a native of Esko, is happy to return to the Northland and pursue her medical practice at Raiter Clinic in Cloquet. She is a board certified family practice physician with special interests in obstetrics, women’s health issues, chronic disease management and behavioral health.
Dr. Burns attended the University of Minnesota – Duluth for her first two years of medical school. She completed her third year as a participant in the Rural Physician’s Associate Program (RPAP), where she completed nine months of clinical training at Raiter Clinic. She finished medical school at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus in May 2008 after which she completed her residency at the Center for Family Medicine in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Dr. Burns’ roots with Raiter Clinic run deep. As a child, she received her medical care at the clinic and credits a Raiter physician with instilling the idea that she could become a physician.
“I was 8 years old and during a routine visit to the clinic, our family doctor encouraged me to keep my grades up so I could be a doctor one day,” she said. “A seed was planted that day.”
As Dr. Burns attended high school and college, her relationship with Raiter Clinic continued. She worked in the business office during the summer and on school breaks.
“The staff at the clinic knew it was my goal to become a physician and they cheered me on,” she said. “When I got into medical school they kept supporting me with encouragement and wisdom.”
During her third year of medical school, Dr. Burns had the opportunity to participate in the RPAP. She worked at Raiter Clinic under the direction of three physicians.
“The Raiter Clinic doctors invested in me through their time and by teaching me the art of science of medicine,” she said.
Dr. Burns is excited to return to the Northland. “I love the beauty of the Northland,” she said. “I love the small town atmosphere and the definite sense of community here. I look forward to being involved in the community.”
It seems Dr. Burns has come home – to the Northland and to Raiter Clinic. And she couldn’t be happier.
“Working as a physician at Raiter Clinic was always my dream and goal. I knew I would be joining a fantastic group of physicians who are incredibly committed to providing high quality patient care in a supportive environment,” she said.
Raiter Clinic has won THREE quality awards
Raiter Clinic is proud to annouce they recently received the following awards for 2011: The Minnesota Bridges to Excellence Award for Improvement of Optimal Vascular Care, the Minnesota QIPS Award for Achievement in Optimal Diabetes Care, and the Minnesota QIPS Award for Improvement in Optimal Vascular Care.
Dr. Kenneth Ripp is new Integrity Health Board chair
Integrity Health Network recently selected Raiter Clinic physician, Kenneth Ripp, as chairman of its Board of Governors. Dr. Ripp previously served as the board’s vice chair.
Dr. David Luehr Wins Award for Dedication to Medicine
Raiter Clinic's Dr. David Luehr was awarded with the "Thomas A. Stolee Exceptional Dedication to the practice of Medicine Award" from the Lake Superior Medical Society. The award is given to a member physician who has "demonstrated a lifetime of exceptional dedication to the practice of medicine." Dr. Luehr has been a physician at Raiter Clinic since 1978. He has been an active member of the Lake Superior Medical Society for more than 20 years. He has served on the organizations executive committee and as president in 1999. Dr. Luehr is an associate clinical professor at the University of Minnesota and has taught in the Duluth Family Practice Center and in the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth for over 20 years. He also served as president of the Minnesota Medical Association in 2005.
Raiter Clinic physicians mentor University of Minnesota medical students
Today 50 percent of University of Minnesota Medical School–Duluth Campus alumni practice in small communities, compared with 4 percent of doctors nationwide.
In 2009, 58 percent of Duluth graduates chose primary-care residencies—family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and medicine/pediatrics. Thirty-four percent selected family medicine—four times the national average.
“Our success starts at admissions,” says Gary Davis, Ph.D., senior associate dean of the Medical School’s Duluth campus. “We especially select students with a demonstrated commitment to rural or Native American communities. We look for students demonstrating leadership and service—major responsibilities for family physicians.”
Davis also credits a nationally recognized curriculum that emphasizes preceptorships and other opportunities for students to work closely with community doctors.
Dr. David Luehr Appointed as New Integrity Health Network Medical Director
Raiter Clinic will Upgrade to Electronic Medical Record-Keeping System
By: John Turonie, Raiter Clinic Administrator
At Raiter Clinic, we are committed to providing the best patient care in the Northland. This involves utilizing innovative practices and state-of-the-art technology. We are excited to announce that beginning mid-November, we will complete a system upgrade to convert to an Electronic Medical Record Keeping System for all our patients.
Electronic Medical Records are a complete record of patient history entered in to a secure computer system and digitalized. When you come to the clinic for an appointment, the physician treating you will be able to access your record through a computer outfitted with specialized software made available through a company specializing in secure EMR systems. The doctor will have a complete picture of your medical history.
EMRs are convenient and can save you time. You will have the capability of filling out medical forms online via a secure website, in the convenience of your own home prior to your appointment. Records are accessed easily and immediately by authorized medical staff. There’s no more shuffling through files of paper, meaning you spend less time sitting and waiting at the doctor’s office.
Quality of care is enhanced with EMR’s because information is comprehensive as well as typed and easy to read. There’s no shuffling through stacks of paper records to find pertinent information. During a doctor’s visit, your complete medical history, including immunizations, tests, allergies and prescription medications is all right there at the physician’s fingertips on the computer screen.
EMRs can easily move, right along with you. If you move to a different community, or have a medical procedure done in a distant city, you can request to have your digital medical records follow you. In these scenarios, no information is lost and your continuity of care is maintained.
EMRs have safety benefits. They have components that provide physicians with alerts and reminders regarding various aspects of treatment. For instance, an EMR can provide information about medications and potential drug interactions with other prescription drugs you may be taking, alerting the physician and minimizing the potential negative effects on you.
EMRs are confidential. Only authorized users will be able to access your files.
Traditional paper medical records can be burdensome to maintain and track. Because EMR’s reduce the need for paper records, they benefit the environment, which benefits us all. Of course a paper copy of your EMR can be printed and kept, the overall use of paper is greatly reduced.
Raiter Clinic has been providing quality care in the Northland for decades. The conversion to an Electronic Medical Record-Keeping System is just the latest change in our continuing efforts to provide our patients with the best health care possible and I, along with the Raiter Clinic physicians and staff, look forward to bringing the benefits of this change to the patients we treat. During the transition phase when we upgrade from paper records to Electronic Medical Records, our staff will be learning the best ways to use the new system. This may slow us down a bit at first. But in the end, we will have a state-of-the-art system in place. We believe that benefits everyone. This change is all in the name of bringing the best medical care to the Northland and everyone at Raiter Clinic appreciates your patience and understanding as we complete this important system upgrade.
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