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Northfield Hospital & Clinics provides a wide spectrum of medical services to residents of Rice, Dakota, Scott and Goodhue counties. Combining advanced technology with personalized, patient-centered care, we strive to create a healing environment where patients feel safe, secure and supported. (July 2014)

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Grief counselor to talk about ‘reclaiming hope’

Chris Dooley-Harrington, a grief counselor with Fairview Home Care and Hospice, will be the featured speaker at a bereavement informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Northfield Hospital Conference Center.

Dooley-Harrington’s talk, “Living after a Loss: Reclaiming hope, joy, and resilience,” is a prelude to an optional six-week grief support group offered by Northfield Hospice. Both events are free and open to the public.

A licensed social worker, Dooley-Harrington works with children, adolescents, and adults who have lost a loved one to death. In addition to individual counseling, she runs support groups, grief education workshops, and mind-body-spirit grief retreats. More »

Northfield Hospital & Clinics recognized for staff vaccination rates

Northfield Hospital & Clinics was recognized recently by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for achieving high staff vaccination rates for influenza during the 2013-14 flu season.

Eighty-three percent of staff at Northfield Hospital & Clinics was vaccinated last year, earning it a “Red” rating. Ninety-two percent of Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center was vaccinated, earning it a “Blue” rating.

FluSafe program’s goal is to vaccinate all health care personnel at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota against influenza each flue season, except those with medical exemptions. State health officials are concerned that unvaccinated health care workers can pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications from influenza.

“Our patients’ health is our top priority,” said Carol Nassif, Infection Prevention Coordinator at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “Participating in the FluSafe program helps us increase employee influenza vaccination rates and prevent flu from spreading to our patients. We also want all of our employees to be as healthy as possible during flu season.”

Of the 213 facilities participating in FluSafe this year, 60 reached vaccination levels of 90 percent or greater, 63 reached levels greater than 80 percent, and 57 facilities reached vaccination rates of between 70 and 80 percent. There are approximately 145 hospitals and about 375 nursing homes in the state.

“Northfield Hospital & Clinics’ efforts to vaccinate their employees against flu highlights their dedication to keeping their staff and patients healthy,” said Kristen Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control Division at MDH. “Facilities participating in FluSafe—whether they receive a ribbon or not—are key partners in preventing the spread of influenza by increasing health care worker vaccination.”

More information on the FluSafe program, including a list of the 2013-14 facilities earning blue, red and white ribbons, can be found on the MDH website at mdhflu.com.

Pediatric pulmonology services available

Paolo Pianosi, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist from Mayo Clinic, now sees patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Northfield.

Dr. Pianosi offers expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with breathing disorders and lung diseases. His services are provided by Mayo Clinic Outreach.

Kathleen Meier, Clinic Services Administrator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said Dr. Pianosi’s practice expands the scope of services offered by FamilyHealth Medical Clinics.

“He will provide a higher level of service closer to home,” she said. “Our pediatric patients will not have to travel as far to get Mayo Clinic’s expert care.”

Dr. Pianosi earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Following his Pediatrics Internship and Residency at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, he completed a Respirology Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Pianosi is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Pediatric and Respiratory Medicine and is also certified in Pediatrics and Pediatrics Pulmonology by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Mayo Clinic.

To request an appointment, contact your primary care provider or call 507-646-1494.




Sixteen from rollover treated at Northfield Hospital

At final count, 16 victims from Wednesday’s single vehicle rollover near Dennison, Minn. were treated at Northfield Hospital Emergency Department yesterday.

Nine were treated and transferred, seven to Hennepin County Medical Center and two to Regions Hospital. One was admitted to Northfield Hospital and six were treated and released.


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