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Work begins on endoscopy center

IMG_2106Work began this week on the new endoscopy center at Northfield Hospital.

Excavators began clawing dirt from the north wall of the hospital Thursday in preparation for construction of a two-level expansion. Nine thousand square feet on the upper level will provide two new endoscopy suites, an additional multipurpose procedure room, a common registration and waiting area for endoscopy and surgery, and additional pre and post-operative rooms. It will be built on top of 8,000 square feet of unfinished space that will be available for future growth.

The $6.3 million project is designed to address growth in both the hospital’s endoscopy practice and its surgical services department. The project is expected to be completed in August of 2015.

 

Hospital, long term care center limit visitors due to flu

Northfield Hospital and its Long Term Care Center are asking visitors to stay home as a precautionary measure if they have any flu-like symptoms.

Influenza can be serious and even life-threatening for the elderly and for those who are already hospitalized with an illness, and it spreads quickly, said Ann Reuter, Director of Quality at Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

Prospective visitors are asked to stay away if they have any of these symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fever, or
  • Body aches.

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New provider joins FamilyHealth

Carrie Gray

Carrie Gray

Physician Assistant Carrie Gray will join FamilyHealth Medical Clinic January 5.

She will be part of the clinic’s Family Medicine practice and see a full range of patients of all ages. Her areas of professional interest include preventive medicine, women’s health and pediatrics.

Carrie comes to FamilyHealth with 15 years experience in Family Medicine. Most recently she practiced in a primary care clinic in St. Paul. Prior to that, she practiced for nine years at a clinic in Washington, Iowa. For the last five years, she has also served in an academic capacity, providing instruction to aspiring physician assistants at Augsburg College for four years and now at St. Catherine’s University.

Family medicine gives Carrie an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of her patients. She enjoys building relationships with individuals and families and helping them make informed decisions about their healthcare.

“I care deeply about the health and well-being of my patients,” she said. “I want to be a partner in their journey to achieve and maintain a happy, healthy life.”

For an appointment, call FamilyHealth Medical Clinic at 507-646-1494.

INVITATION TO BIDDERS FOR VoIP Communication System with Exchange Server

Northfield Hospital & Clinics (NH&C) will receive sealed bids until 2:00pm Tuesday January 6th, at the administrative offices at 2000 North Avenue, Northfield, Minnesota 55057 for the furnishing of work and materials for the VoIP Communication System with Exchange Server. Bids received after this date and time will not be accepted.

Bids will be opened publicly and read aloud in Meeting Room A at Northfield Hospital, 2000 North Avenue, Northfield, MN immediately after the specified closing time. All bids submitted are to be valid for 60 calendar days.

Documents may be obtained from the Vern Lougheed, Northfield Hospital & Clinics, 2000 North Avenue, Northfield, MN 55057; phone (507) 646-1008; fax: (507) 646-1392; e-mail: lougheedv@northfieldhospital.org. Requests for bid documents must include the company name, address, phone and fax numbers, contact name and e-mail address.

Each bid must be clearly identified on the outside of the envelope as “BID FOR VOIP COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH EXCHANGE SERVER” and shall show the name and address of the bidder.

NH&C reserves the right to reject any and all bids, including without limitation the right to reject any incomplete, non-conforming, non-responsive, unbalanced, or conditional bids. NH&C also reserves the right to waive any informalities and to award the contract, in whole or in part, to the bidder NH&C determines is in NH&C’s best interest.

Contact number announced for those with breach questions

Patients who have concerns or questions regarding Northfield Hospital & Clinics recent breach in the handling of private patient health information can call 1-877-615-3768 for assistance.  Staff will be available to help you take steps to minimize your exposure to identity theft.

Hospital officials are confident that no patient information fell into the hands of outside agents. The paper documents were comingled with other refuse in error. Instead of being shredded, they were sent to a secure landfill.

The hospital is required to report the incident and take remedial action because it potentially affects more than 500 patients. Patients who are potentially affected will be notified by mail yet this week.

Patients to be notified of breach of patient information

Northfield Hospital & Clinics is in the process of directly notifying 1,778 patients about a recent breach in the handling of protected patient information.

The notification stems from an incident over a period of eight days in late October when documents containing protected health information were comingled in error with other refuse and placed in commercial dumpsters for disposal. The unsecured documents may have included patient names, account numbers, birth dates, home addresses, types of treatment, insurance information, medical information, and, in a few cases, credit card information.

Hospital officials say they are confident the documents went directly to a secured landfill. But out of an abundance of caution, patients are being notified and offered assistance in monitoring their financial accounts. Read more »

New provider joins FamilyHealth

ZL9A9317Ashley Gilland, MSN, FNP-BC, a family medicine nurse practitioner, will join FamilyHealth Medical Clinic December 1.

She will see a full range of patients at Northfield, Lakeville and Farmington clinics. Her areas of professional interest include preventive medicine, women’s health and management of chronic diseases.

Healthcare has long been her calling. Prior to coming to FamilyHealth, Ashley spent nine years in nursing. She has worked in a variety of settings, including surgery centers, inpatient settings and home health.

Ashley has always been fascinated by the physiology of the human body. The advanced training as a nurse practitioner allows her to do more diagnostics work and problem-solving.

Her practice will revolve around preventive and maintenance care. She said she will promote vaccinations, regular screenings and healthy lifestyles. For those with chronic conditions, she will work to prevent further complications. Read more »

Quilt donated for ‘hospice month’

IMG_2006Sue Josephson, a retired nurse with Northfield Home Care & Hospice, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, recently donated a handmade quilt to the department in honor of National Hospice Month.

The design contains hands representing the important work of caregivers and members of patients’ families, and different representations of the heart. Together they represent the love that is expressed through the physical care provided to those in need.

Kathy Blomquist, director of Northfield Home Care & Hospice, calls it “hearts and hands,” a perfect reflection of the service they provide to their hospice patients. Read more »

Hospice ‘Tree of Remembrance’ symbolizes gratitude

Northfield Hospice invites you to pay tribute to someone special in your life and make the season brighter by adding lights to its “Tree of Remembrance.”

Kathy Blomquist, Director of Northfield Hospice, said a decorated tree at Northfield Hospital will symbolize gratitude for those who have meaning to us and have made a difference in our lives.

“This can serve as a memorial to someone you miss, a tribute to a special person in your life or a “thank you” for service or kindness,” she said. Read more »

Hospice to host talk on holiday grief

Erin Barnett, M.A., LPC, a grief and loss specialist with experience in both consulting and individual counseling, will present a talk titled: “Grief and the Holidays,” Thursday, Nov. 6, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 P.M. in the Conference Center at Northfield Hospital.  The talk is free and open to the public.

Ms. Barnett is a licensed therapist with a specialty in grief, loss and trauma. She worked as the Bereavement Coordinator of the ISJ-Mayo Health Systems Hospice in Mankato, MN before moving to Northfield. She has been a regular presenter and facilitator on loss and self-care for groups in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. Erin is a therapist with Centered Practice in Northfield.

The presentation is sponsored by Northfield Hospice. For more information, contact: Katie Jacobi at (507) 646-1037 or jacobik@northfieldhospital.org.

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