Archive for October, 2010

Hospital names new financial officer

Timothy Gronseth, a healthcare finance professional with more than 25 years of experience, has been named Northfield Hospital & Clinics’ next Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Gronseth will succeed Roger Stapek, who is retiring at the end of 2010. Stapek served as the hospital’s chief financial officer for 30 years.

 Most recently Gronseth served as Vice President and CFO at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings, NE, an 183-bed acute care hospital with 12 clinics. He previously worked in a variety of finance leadership positions with Owatonna Hospital — Allina, Prairie Lakes Health Care Systems in Watertown, SD, and Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, MN.

 Gronseth holds a BA in business administration, accounting, and hospital administration from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  He also has additional Six Sigma process improvement training from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

 “Tim is an experienced professional, and we are delighted to have him join our leadership team,” said Mark Henke, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “His expertise and his knowledge of our service area will be a great benefit to our organization..”

 Gronseth will begin work on November 15.

CVRO concert marks hospital centennial

Northfield Hospital & Clinics will celebrate its 100th anniversary Sunday, Oct. 31, with a concert dedicated to healing performed by the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Friendship Hall, 500 Third St. West in Northfield. 

The orchestra, directed by Paul Niemisto of St. Olaf College, will play six pieces selected for their reflective and comforting qualities. They are: Beethoven Egmont Overture; Vivaldi D Major Guitar Concerto (Randy Ferguson, soloist); Debussy, Danses Sacrée et Profane for Harp and Strings (Elinor Niemisto, soloist); Vaughan Williams – Lark Ascending for violin and orchestra (Gail Nelson, soloist); Brahms, Four Serious Songs (Deesa Staats mezzo soprano); Brahms, Variations on a theme of Haydn.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics began in 1910 in a wood frame house on the corner of Eighth and Water. The 12-bed facility served 5,700 patients over three decades. Nine hundred and two babies were born there.

 In 1934, the City of Northfield accepted responsibility for the hospital, and in 1939 a new facility was built on West Second Street. It served the community for 63 years until a new hospital opened on North Avenue in 2003.

In a retrospective published by Northfield Hospital & Clinics earlier this year, it was written that a hospital is a reflection of a community’s best instincts, representing concern for neighbors and hope for a better future.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students. They are available at the door, at Present Perfect or the Northfield Arts Guild in downtown Northfield or at the Kaleidoscope Gift Shop at Northfield Hospital.

Detour period extended

The detour to Northfield Hospital will remain in effect through Monday, Oct. 18. Those traveling to the hospital should use Highway 19 to approach from the west by way of Eaves Avenue.

North Avenue was closed at Cedar Avenue on Oct. 12 to allow for utility work on Mayo Clinic’s radiation oncology center, now under construction. Officials hoped to have the work completed by Oct. 15, but determined more time was needed.

Utility work to limit hospital access

Because of utility work required for the new Mayo Clinic Radiation Oncology Center, patients and visitors will not be able to access Northfield Hospital and its on-campus clinics from Cedar Avenue Tuesday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 15.               

 Traffic will be detoured to access the hospital campus from the west. This will require patients and visitors to travel on Highway 19 to Eaves Avenue, north to North Ave and then east to the hospital entrance.

Hospital signs will be repositioned to direct drivers on the four-mile detour.  Please call the hospital at 507-646-1000, if you need assistance

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