Northfield Hospital offers EMS training

Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will offer training this fall to prepare students to become certified as Emergency Medical Responders or Emergency Medical Technicians.

This 16-hour course will allow the participant to renew his or her Emergency Medical Responder registration with the Minnesota Emergency Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). Weekend class September 19 and 20 at EMS headquarters, 1600 Riverview Drive in Northfield

The EMR class will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings and occasional Saturdays, September 21 through November 14 at EMS headquarters, 1600 Riverview Drive in Northfield.

The EMR course can serve as a stand-alone certification program, or the first half of the EMT course.

Students who successfully complete the EMR class and wish to obtain certification as an EMT will progress to the second session of the training which begins on February 15, 2016.

For more information, contact Brian Edwards, manager of Northfield Hospital & Clinics EMS at (507) 646-1444 or email

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Surgery Center nears completion; public invited to Open House on August 20

Northfield Hospital shifts from hard hats to surgical masks with the opening of the new Surgery Center, completing eight months of construction on the expansion that adds much-needed new space.

The Surgery Center centralizes resources for all Northfield Hospital surgery services, and adds new endoscopy care.

Community members are invited to an Open House on Thursday, August 20 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm to be among the first to see the new Surgery Center, at 2000 North Avenue in Northfield. Refreshments will be served.

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Northfield Hospital & Clinics donates overdose antidote to Rice County Sheriff’s Department




drugs3 7212015Over the last five years, Northfield Hospital & Clinics emergency medical service personnel have used naloxone more than 52 times.

Commonly referred to as Narcan, the brand name, naloxone is often used in an effort to save the life of a drug overdose victim, though it can be used during other instances as well.

Following the passage of “Steve’s Law” last May, law enforcement is now allowed to carry and administer an opioid overdose antidote. It can be used several different ways, such as nasally or through a patient’s veins.

The law, named after a person who died in a heroin overdose as police officers struggled to save him, also allows a physician to prescribe the product to a family member and promises some protection for people who call to report drug overdoses.

Due to the quick response time of Northfield EMS, the Northfield Police Department and Northfield Fire Department do not carry the antidote.

However, Northfield Chief of Police Monte Nelson said it’s important for the community to be reminded the immunity portion of the law.

“Sometimes if people are around, they panic,” he said, which often results in no call to 911. But the law now gives them a safe route. “Don’t run, call 911.”

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Northfield Hospital & Clinics to Welcome Books & Stars

“You’ve Gotta Have Heart” is the theme of the Books and Stars program coming to Northfield Hospital Wednesday, July 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Northfield Public Library and Northfield Hospital & Clinics are partnering to create an evening of fun and education related to healthy heart habits. The evening will feature family entertainer Rachael Kroog, who has delighted young audiences for more than 20 years with her KIDPOWER program. Prior to her performance, there will be heart healthy stations revolving around nutrition and bystander CPR. Families will be encouraged to build cardio points by biking out to the hospital. A “cardio crowd ride” led by Bike Northfield will depart from Bridge Square at 5:45 p.m. And, of course, Booker, the bookmobile, will be on site and open for business.

For more information, contact Sue Pokorney, Community Wellness Education Coordinator, at

Hospital receives trauma designation

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently renewed Northfield Hospital’s designation as a Level 4 trauma hospital.

The designation affirms that Northfield Hospital’s Emergency Department staff has trauma-specific training and protocols in place to facilitate rapid management of the patient. With the designation, Northfield Hospital is included in Minnesota’s statewide trauma system

“The goal of a trauma system is to decrease an injured patient’s time to care by making sure their medical needs are appropriately matched with hospital resources,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Edward Ehlinger. Read more »

New CFO named

Scott Edin, a healthcare finance professional with more than 30 years of experience, has been named Northfield Hospital & Clinics’ Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Edin comes to Northfield Hospital & Clinics from Amery Regional Medical Center where he has served as Vice President of Finance and General Services since 1985. During his tenure there, he was instrumental in building a new facility, partnering with organizations on multiple new business ventures, and supporting the finance, revenue cycle, IT, and other areas. In addition, he co-directed the physician Practice Management Committee and developed a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors.  Read more »

Dermatologist coming to Lakeville

Dr. Kalaaji

Dr. Kalaaji

Amer Kalaaji, MD, a Mayo Clinic specialist in Dermatology, will begin seeing patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Lakeville July 13.

Dr. Kalaaji, an associate professor at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, will be in Lakeville three days a week. His services are provided by Mayo Clinic Specialty Services.

A graduate of University of Toronto School of Medicine, Dr. Kalaaji performed his internship at Toronto General Hospital and his dermatology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. where he served as Chief Resident. He also did graduate work at the University of Toronto’s Department of Pathology.

Kathleen Meier, Clinic Services Administrator at Northfield Hospital & Clinics, says Dr. Kalaaji brings a valuable service to FamilyHealth Medical Clinic.

“We are delighted to bring this specialty to the Lakeville area,” she said. “This fills an important need in our service area. It will be a great convenience to our patients and a great complement to the work of other providers.” Read more »

New leadership for Parkinson’s Support Group

Kathy Lathrop, OTR/L, an occupational therapist with Northfield Hospital & Clinics, is now facilitating the Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group.

The Parkinson’s group has been meeting on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Northfield Hospital for the past 20 years. It is open to anyone with an interest in Parkinson’s, a Parkinson’s patient, their spouse or loved one. Rafi Dworsky, a speech therapist, led the group since its beginning, but stepped away at the end of last year.

Kathy has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy with clinic specialties in pediatrics, assistive technology and home safety and mobility. She sees her role as that of supportive problem-solver, using her knowledge to help patients maintain their independence in the face of changes in their physical capacity. She is currently assigned to Northfield Home Care and in-patient rehabilitation at Northfield Hospital.

“I have always enjoyed helping people,” Kathy said. “This is what attracted me to OT.”

Nancy Soth is coordinating the scheduling of meetings. The meeting on Wednesday, June 24, will be devoted to re-organizing, welcoming new members, and planning for meetings in July and on into the fall. The group does not meet in August.

For more information, contact Kathy at, or

Hospital adds another tool for early detection of breast cancer

Northfield Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging department now offers Breast MRI, an additional tool to help with early detection of breast cancer.

In the past, patients who needed this exam were forced to travel to other medical centers. With the new MRI that was installed earlier this year, breast care patients now can have their MRIs performed at Northfield Hospital.

“This expansion of our diagnostic capability makes it very convenient for patients who live in our service area,” said Sandy Mulford, director of Diagnostic Imaging at Northfield Hospital. “This service is available to anyone, even if their primary provider is not affiliated with one of our clinics.” Read more »

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