Archive for March, 2013

Ambulance association honors former CEO

The Northfield Area Ambulance Association posthumously honored Mark Henke, former President and CEO of Northfield & Clinics, recently with the Don Sommers Award for Community Service.

The award is given each year to someone who has made a significant contribution to the maintenance and development of ambulance service in the broader Northfield service area. The community service award is named for Don Sommers who was instrumental in the formation and development of the Northfield Area Ambulance Association.

Mark, who served as President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics from 2010 until his death in August of 2012, was selected for his efforts to secure a new station for the Emergency Medical Services. He helped facilitate the move from a converted single-family dwelling on West Second Street to a more professional commercial building at 1600 Riverview Lane, formerly home to Northfield Construction. Brian Edwards, manager of EMS, said Mark was a strong champion of the project and an inspirational leader who valued teamwork and partnerships.

 The award was presented to Joyce Henke, Mark’s wife, February 27.

 

Hospital approves donation to city

Northfield Hospital & Clinics is offering to fund the City of Northfield’s recreation program for the next four years.

The Board of Directors approved its intent to make the donation at its February meeting and approved a formal document outlining the terms of the donation March 21.

The board said it will guarantee $107,000 for 2013 and 2014 and increase that to $110,315 for 2015 and 2016, based on the hospital’s financial performance. The board said it would honor the donation in years three and four, if the hospital’s net operating income is $2 million or more.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics underwrote the city’s recreation program in 2012 and wanted to provide the city some certainty of its commitment going forward.

Gina Franklin, board chair, said the plan is a responsible way to support a community wellness initiative without eroding the hospital’s ability to adequately fund its medical services, its primary mission.

“This basically aligns with the priorities we talk about in our mission statement,” said Franklin. “Our first order of business is to provide quality health care services. Our second is to promote health improvement in the communities we serve.”

The city’s recreation program is administered and coordinated by Northfield Public School’s Community Services Division.

Dr. P.J. Flynn receives national honor

The Association of Community Cancer Centers recently recognized Patrick J. Flynn, MD, a hematologist-oncologist with Minnesota Oncology and a longtime medical provider at Northfield Hospital, for his leadership in clinical cancer research.

Dr. Flynn received the David King Community Clinical Scientist Award at the 39th national meeting of the Association of Community Cancer Centers in Washington, DC March 8. Award winners are physicians who have demonstrated leadership in the development, participation and evaluation of clinical studies and/or are active in developing new screening, risk assessment, treatment or supportive care programs for cancer patients. 

Dr. Flynn has been vigorously engaged in clinical research for many years, having served as principal investigator for many Metro-Minnesota CCOP and NCI clinical trials.  Clinical trial accruals have risen from 50-500 patients per year under Dr. Flynn’s leadership, achieving success through a consortium of physicians, clinics and hospitals that cover the entire metropolitan Twin Cities and beyond.

 “My goal has been to take the research to where people live rather than expect people to travel to the research,” said Dr. Flynn. “I plan to continue my efforts to promote cooperative research by playing a direct role at the national groups.”  

 Dr. Flynn is familiar to many families in the Northfield area. He has been seeing patients in Northfield since 1986. He currently sees patients in clinic at Northfield Hospital’s Cancer Care & Infusion Center each week.

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