Emergency Department is a Level 4 Trauma Center. RCH&C has the ER staffed 24/7 by highly trained providers that are trained for emergency care. All emergency room staff have specialized training to assess trauma, heart attack and stroke symptoms, and administer life-saving treatment. When advanced care is needed, the hospital aims to get patients to specialized facilities within 60 – 90 minutes.
Emergencies don’t adhere to a nine-to-five schedule. Our emergency department provides 24-hour adult through pediatric emergency and trauma care. Telemedicine services are now available 24/7 for stroke, with a neurologist dedicated to provide this added service. It is staffed by a skilled medical provider and nursing staff proficient in Emergency and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Our facility is fitted with the latest emergency and trauma care technology and is capable of accommodating ambulance and helicopter transportation. Be assured, when the unexpected occurs, the RC Hospital emergency department is ready. Primary coverage is provided by 24/7 providers and local medical staff upon admission to the hospital.
Avera ECare is available for the patients, providers and nursing staff for professional consults and active team members in the patient experience as needed.

Is it a medical emergency?

Some common symptoms that could signal an acute medical emergency include:

• Chest pain

• Difficulty breathing

• Stroke symptoms (such as slurred speech, severe headaches, or weakness on one side of the body)

• Acute pain

• Cuts or large abrasions

• Possible broken bones

and any condition that you feel needs immediate medical attention

Acute Stroke Ready facility

•    Stroke Designated since July 2014 as an Acute Stroke Ready facility

•  Currently RCH&C has Telestroke capabilities with Allina and CentraCare.

•    Telestroke brings a stroke specialist into the hospital’s emergency department 24 hours a day.

Level 1 Heart Attack Program

In the Emergency Room, our Heart Attack team will:

•    Complete needed tests
•    Monitor heart attack symptoms
•    Administer medications (pain medication, clot busting drugs)
•    Arrange for air transportation to a heart care hospital if advanced care is needed.
•    Our goal is to have you to a specialty heart care service within 60 minutes of coming to our Emergency Room.


Since 1951, our community hospital has continually evolved to meet local healthcare needs, growing into the

state-of-the-art facility it is today. In a rural area like ours, outstanding emergency care is critical. As a 5-star

patient rated hospital, we continue to serve patients with personalized care and innovative technology that

has gained national recognition.

PHYSICIANS & Providers

RC Hospital & Clinic’s team consists of some of the finest physicians and providers in Minnesota dedicated to excellent patient care and outstanding health education. You can expect the same excellent RC Hospital & Clinic’s care you have come to trust, along with extra time and attention you want from your doctor during the visit.


RC Hospital & Clinics’ specialty providers are a team of more than 20 physicians dedicated to providing you and your family with patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, and accessible care.

Audiology (Hearing)

  • Kristen Benjaminson, AuD

  • Rebecca Thiesse, AuD


  • John Bernhardson, MD

  • Jacob R. Dutcher, MD

  • Bernard R. Erickson, MD

  • John Mahowald, MD

  • Jamie M. Pelzel, MD

  • Wade T. Schmidt, MD

  • Daniel J. Tiede, MD

  • Jay H. Traverse, MD

  • Howard Zimring, MD

General Surgery

  • Jared Slater, MD, FACS


  • Bryan Rolph, MD

  • Erin Osmundson, PA-C

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Peter Sanders, MD

  • Matthew Bennet, PA-C

Otolaryngology (ENT)

  • Martin Janning, MD


  • Lee L. Cafferty, MD

  • Kent Donelan, MD

  • Leah Dvorak, MD

  • Raquel Walsh Jahnke, MD

  • Steven Vanderwerf, MD

Podiatry and Foot & Ankle Surgery

  • Bruce Neumann, MD


  • Services provided by Suburban Imaging.

Sleep Studies

  • Martin Janning, MD


  • Kenneth Shea, MD

  • Muhammed Suri, MD, MBBS

  • Vikram Jadjav, MBBS


  • Neil M. Skemp, MD