Archive for September, 2010

October breast health events

      The Breast Care Center at Northfield Hospital & Clinics is hosting two separate events in October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

      An educational event —  Let’s Talk About Breast Cancer and Your Risk — will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Northfield Hospital.  From 6 to 7 p.m., visitors will be able to tour the Breast Care Center and view the newly remodeled waiting area, mammography and ultrasound suites. There will also be breast health informational displays and a self-risk assessment station.

     At 7 p.m. in the hospital atrium off the front lobby, there will be an educational program, featuring talks by Barbara Kunz, MS,a genetic counselor with the Hubert H. Humprhey Cancer Institute; and Jose Fulco, MD, medical advisor for the Breast Care Center  of Northfield Hospital & Clinics and a general surgeon.    

  The second event will be the Breast Center’s Spa Days.  Those who schedule a mammogram on one of eight days in October, will receive a gift bag with assorted breast cancer awareness items, healthy snacks/treats and beverages, and a free mini-massage.  In addition, every women having a screening mammogram at the Breast Care Center in the month of October will receive a free reusable pink tote – “good for you, good for the environment. Spa Days will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 4 and 5; Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 12 and 13; Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 20 and 21; Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28 and 29. To make your appointment, call 507-646-1143.

Northfield Hospital earns safety award

Northfield Hospital has earned a Patient Safety Excellence Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for its work in preventing retained objects in the operating room.

          Awards of excellence were recently given to 43 Minnesota hospitals that had implemented best practices for counting and accounting for all items used during invasive procedures, especially in the operating rooms. To qualify, facilities must demonstrate that they have implemented more than 90 percent of the recommended actions endorsed by the MHA.

          Tania Daniels, MHA Patient Safety vice president, said hospitals that qualify have achieved measurable and meaningful progress toward implementing best practices to drive down adverse health events.

 “Hospitals that receive these awards are to be commended,” she said “The bar is set very high.”

           Karen Geiger, RN, Director of Surgical Services at Northfield Hospital, took the lead on the Safe Account initiative. Her work team included Nancy Harrington, Lynette Marks, Annette Tschann, Patti Pflaum, Nicki Hamley, Whitney Bengen, Gary Breckenridge, Linda Rowan, Cheryl Jensen, Sheila Rodgers, Mary Witt, Bill Zoldey, Janice Duvick and Christina Bourbeau. 

           Northfield Hospital has previously been recognized with awards of excellence for its work on preventing falls, preventing pressure ulcers in patients, preventing wrong site surgeries, and for preventing sponges or other objects from being retained in patients after giving birth.

Breast Cancer support group

   The Breast Care Center at Northfield Hospital is now offering a support group to women in any stage of treatment or recovery from breast cancer.

   The group will meet the third Tuesday of each month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.. Meetings will be held in the Breast Care Center. Participants should enter through FamilyHealth Medical Clinic.

   The service is free and open to anyone. Participants are invited to come as often as they choose. Diane Goethel, breast care coordinator, and Lauri Facile, a clinical coordinator at Diagnostic Imaging, will facilitate the group.

    If you have questions, call Diane at 507-649-2133.

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