Archive for September, 2009

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Hospital invites public to tour Breast Care Center

Northfield Hospital’s expanded Breast Care Center will be available for public viewing Thursday, Sept. 24, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the new dedicated patient space; meet Jose Fulco, MD, general surgeon and Physician Advisor for the center; and learn about the hospital’s latest technology.

“This is a great opportunity to see our new space and learn more about the breast care services we provide right here in the community,” said Sandy Mulford, director of Medical Imaging at Northfield Hospital.

The new, expanded Breast Care Center at Northfield Hospital is an integrative service that gives each patient a personalized experience while utilizing the latest technology. Access to critical information and counsel helps patients better understand their diagnosis and treatment options and expedites the decision-making process – all in a comfortable, patient-centered care setting. The services available include: digital mammography with computer-aided detection for screening and diagnosis, breast ultrasound, image-guided biopsies and cyst aspirations, referral options for breast MRI and stereotactic biopsies.

The project was supported by the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s commitment of $100,000 over three years, raised from the annual book fair.

“This commitment by the auxiliary really accelerated the development of the center,” said Kathleen Meier, Division Administrator for Ancillary Services. “It allowed us to expand the services we offer and accomplish the remodeling required to provide the right space for this kind of care.”

Refreshments will be served.

Physician to give voice to nurses’ stories from Vietnam

Kay E. Schwebke, MD, MPH, medical director of Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital, and Diane Carlson-Evans, former Northfielder and founder and chair of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project, will speak Thursday evening, Oct. 8, at St. Olaf College about the courage and fortitude of nurses who served in Vietnam and whose service is memorialized by the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. Their presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Viking Theater in Buntrock Commons.

Their talk, “Echoes of War: Vietnam War Nurses and Their Stories,” addresses the anguish, the heartache and the pride the nurses internalized after serving in battle zones and experiencing the trauma of war. They will talk about how those experiences echoed throughout the nurses’lives and how they have coped with the aftermath.

The project is based on interviews with nurses who served in Vietnam during the 1960s and ’70s. Its genesis came from listening to a researcher discuss the prevalence of post-traumatic stress among women who served in combat zones. Sharing stories about traumatic events is critical to beginning the healing process, Dr. Schwebke said. She wanted to give nurses an opportunity to talk about their experiences.

“I realized there were many important stories that needed to be told, and I had to keep those stories alive,” she said.

The presentation is co-sponsored by St. Olaf College Department of Nursing, Northfield Hospital & Clinics and the Northfield Historical Society. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.

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