Hospital commemorative walk to benefit HealthFinders

Northfield Hospital & Clinics will commemorate its 100 years of service to the Northfield community with a three-mile historical walk Saturday morning, Aug. 14. The event will benefit HealthFinders Collaborative, a local health care collaborative serving uninsured and under-insured residents of Rice County.

“For 100 years, Northfield Hospital & Clinics has been providing quality healthcare services to the community,” said Mark Henke, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “We also recognize the vital role HealthFinders plays in our community and we are pleased to use this event to highlight the important service they provide.”

Walkers will meet at Eighth and Water, the site of the first Northfield Hospital, at 9 a.m. and then walk to Way Park, the site of the 1939 hospital. After a brief rest, they will complete the historical trail by walking to the new hospital at 2000 North Avenue, where there will be refreshments and music.

There is no fee for the walk and no registration is required. Everyone is invited to come and join in. Transportation will be available to bring people back to the downtown from the hospital after the walk, or walkers are invited to make their own arrangements.

HealthFinders will be selling T-shirts and accepting donations at the event to raise funds for its general operations. Ellen Unruh, HealthFinders board chair, said in these lean times, it critical that HealthFinders keeps its clinic open.

“The Northfield Hospital has always been a key partner for HealthFinders and we are grateful to benefit from this celebratory event,” Unruh said.

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