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.