Archive for May, 2011

Hospital celebrates healthcare week


  By Mark Henke,

  President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics

   Events like Healthcare Week (May 8-14) give us an opportunity to pause and reflect on where we have been and where we are going.

     Last year was a year of celebration for Northfield Hospital & Clinics. We celebrated 100 years of service to the Northfield community with a series of events and activities. We also celebrated the long and faithful service of retiring administrators Ken Bank and Roger Stapek and retiring board members John Lundblad and Curt Swenson. This foursome was instrumental in shaping the positive spirit and trajectory of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

     It is clear that Northfield Hospital & Clinics is well positioned for the future as we grow into our vision of becoming a regional medical destination.  Our strategic geographic location and our wide range of quality medical services have made us an attractive partner to a number of healthcare organizations.

     That was underscored last fall when Mayo Clinic chose to locate a new radiation oncology center less than a mile from our hospital campus. Come July, patients will no longer have to leave town for this important therapy. It will be available right here in Northfield.

     This development has added momentum to our plans to expand the clinical space for Infusion Services/Chemotherapy and Sleep Medicine. Our proposed clinical expansion project is one of our focal points for 2011. This important project will provide an economical way for us to continue to expand our outpatient services, while making great use of an underutilized building in Northfield. Most importantly, area patients will soon have access to state-of-the-art facilities for both radiation and chemotherapy treatments close to home.

     Our mission compels us to expand the scope of medical services available in our community. We want to minimize the times people have to leave town. And we are deeply committed to continually improving the quality of care we provide. During Healthcare Week we are celebrating the many safety and quality initiatives that give you confidence in our services.

     Recently, we passed state surveys of our Long Term Care Center and our mammography program in Diagnostic Imaging with no deficiencies, a difficult task in the face of rigorous review. In 2010, Minnesota Hospital Association recognized us with awards of excellence for our safety initiatives, such as preventing falls, preventing pressure ulcers in patients, preventing wrong site surgeries, etc. 

     We couldn’t accomplish all of this without the support we receive from our medical provider partners, our volunteers and community partners and the community as a whole. We appreciate your support and the confidence you have in the services we provide.  We continue to be committed to authentic neighbor-to-neighbor care and we look forward to serving you for many years to come.

Nonsurgical cosmetic treatments offered at FamilyHealth Lakeville

Gerard O’Halloran, MD, is now providing nonsurgical cosmetic treatments at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Lakeville.

The clinic treatments include Botox and dermal filler injections. Dr. O’Halloran, an otolaryngology specialist with more than 20 years of experience, also performs rhinoplasty at Northfield Hospital in Northfield.

Botox and dermal filler injections are noninvasive methods of softening facial creases and wrinkles and of restoring volume to the shallow contours of the face. Most patients require a Botox treatment about twice a year after the initial treatment. Derma fillers treatments are usually performed about once a year. Many patients prefer these approaches to a more complex surgical restoration, Dr. O’Halloran said.

Both the initial consultation and treatments are an out-of-pocket expense not covered by insurance. Rhinoplasty procedures to correct damage done by injury are covered by insurance, but elective rhinoplasty for cosmetic reasons is not covered.

Dr. O’Halloran sees both adults and children at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic for a wide variety of issues, ranging from nose and sinus problems, recurrent ear infections, and sleep related breathing problems including sleep apnea and snoring.  He specializes in chronic sinus problems and “sinus” headaches.

A graduate of Mayo Medical School and Mayo Clinic ENT residency, Dr. O’Halloran is certified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. He is also trained in noninvasive facial rejuvenation and minimally invasive neck liposuction.

You can make an appointment with Dr. O’Halloran by calling 952-469-0500.
FamilyHealth Medical Clinic, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, also offers family medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, orthopedics and general surgery

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