Archive for February, 2011

Hospital auxiliary commits $150,000 to hospital project

    Northfield Hospital Auxiliary recently announced a $150,000 commitment over five years to help with the Northfield Hospital’s plans to expand clinical space for Infusion Services, including medical oncology, and Sleep Medicine.

    The $2 million remodeling project, which will receive its final review by the Hospital Board at their March meeting, will reconfigure the space on the south side of the main corridor, replacing offices that have largely been used for medical records and business functions. The new clinical space will improve the patient experience for those receiving infusion services and for those having diagnostic sleep studies by making these clinics more accessible to patients and more removed from other patient populations.

    “We are excited to be part of this effort,” said Joan Pralle, co-chair of the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary. “Our board and membership feel this is a critical medical service to have in our community. We whole-heartedly support the planned improvements.”

     The clinical expansion at the hospital will be coordinated with the hospital’s recent purchase of the former Village School at 1100 Bollenbacher Drive in Northfield. It will be the new home to Patient Financial Services, Health Information Services and Financial Services.

      The clinical expansion is being undertaken in concert with Mayo Clinic’s construction of a new radiation oncology center, which is scheduled to open in July.

     “Our medical oncology upgrade will be a very nice complement to the new radiation oncology services Mayo Clinic is bringing to our community,” said Mark Henke, CEO and President of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “We are grateful to the Auxiliary for their shared vision and their commitment to comprehensive cancer care in Northfield.”

      The Auxiliary’s main source of funds is its annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid. This is the 50th anniversary of the event. Sale dates are Tuesday, April 26 through May 1 at the Northfield Ice Arena.

Clinics Offer Free Heart Health Screening

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic, a full service clinic operated by Northfield Hospital & Clinics with locations in Northfield, Lonsdale, Farmington and Lakeville, is offering free heart health screenings to area residents by appointment between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Northfield: Tuesday,  Feb. 22, and Tuesday, March 1
  • Lonsdale: Wednesday, Feb. 16
  • Farmington: Thursday, Feb. 17, and Thursday, Feb. 24
  • Lakeville: Tuesday, Feb. 15, and Wednesday, Feb. 23

The screening includes a fasting blood draw test, blood pressure check and height/weight measurements. All of the data will be compiled and reported back to participants so it can be shared with their primary medical provider. Participants will also receive important educational materials with tips on how to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle. A light breakfast will be provided.

Advanced registration is required. To make your appointment, call:

  • Northfield: 507-646-1494
  • Lonsdale: 507-744-3245
  • Farmington: 651-460-2300
  • Lakeville: 952-469-0500

Physicians recommend these strategies to help prevent heart disease:

1)    Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products;

2)    Get active. Adopt a regular exercise regimen;

3)    Eat a heart-healthy diet. Build your diet around foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt and rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products;

4)    Maintain a healthy weight.

5)    Get regular health screenings.

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