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Service of renewal set for April 12

A service of inspiration and renewal for caregivers, featuring music, meditation and anointing of caregivers will be Sunday, April 12, 4 p.m. at the Northfield Retirement Community Chapel.

Called “Restore, Replenish, Renew,” the service is designed for anyone who is providing care or services to persons in need. This includes family, friends, volunteers, healthcare workers, therapists, and clergy.

Mary Keen, M. Div., LMFT, a family therapist with Westminster Counseling Center, will be the featured speaker. She will draw on her 25 years of counseling experience to deliver a message of inspiration and renewal. Read more »

Mark Mellstrom, MD, joins FamilyHealth

Mellstrom head shotMark Mellstrom, MD, has joined FamilyHealth Medical Clinic’s Family Medicine practice.

Dr. Mellstrom is a familiar face to many in Lakeville. For 14 years, he was part of a local independent practice. Prior to that, he practiced for 14 years with an independent group in Northfield and one year with Park Nicollet.

Dr. Mellstrom sees patients of all ages.

“I enjoy taking care of the whole patient, working with them to improve their physical and mental well-being,” Dr. Mellstrom says. “Over the course of my 29 years of practice, I have had the privilege of many long relationships with my patients and the opportunity to work with them as they navigate different stages of life.” Read more »

Book Fair dates announced

The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 54th annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Fair Tuesday, April 28, through Saturday, May 2, at the Northfield Ice Arena.

Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 29 – May 1; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Friday all books are 50 percent off. Saturday morning is the bag sale ($5 per bag) from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. all remaining books are free.

Donations can be made at the ice arena, beginning Monday, April 13. Hours are: Monday through Friday, April 13-17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday through Friday, April 20-24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to noon. Read more »

Becoming a Yellow Ribbon City

Northfield BTYR flyer

Northfield is beginning the process of becoming a Yellow Ribbon City to continue to show support for its service members, veterans and military families who reside or work in our community.  Kickoff Monday, March 2 from 6:00-8:30 p.m., Northfield Armory.

 

Former CEO Ken Bank passes away

bank-kenKen Bank, who served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Northfield Hospital & Clinics from 1988-2010, died unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 1, at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 69.

Ken was a thoughtful, progressive leader who was instrumental in positioning Northfield Hospital & Clinics to grow and thrive in a challenging healthcare environment. During his tenure, he presided over the development of the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, the expansion of surgical services and diagnostic imaging, the development and construction of a new hospital and the development of a primary clinic network. He was also active in many community projects.

He spent his retirement in Tucson with his wife, Rhonda, where he enjoyed hiking in the many mountain ranges surrounding their home. Besides Rhonda, Ken is survived by their three children, two grandchildren and a son-in-law.

Ken’s life will be celebrated Friday, Feb. 6, in Tucson at the family home. Plans for a remembrance in Minnesota will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family suggests a donation to Friends of Sabino Canyon, P.O. Box 31265, Tucson, Arizona, 85751 or Youth on Their Own, 1600 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona, 85712.

New provider joins FamilyHealth Medical Clinic

jeff-cunningham-md2Jeff Cunningham, MD, an Internal Medicine and Pediatric specialist, will join FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in February and practice in Farmington.

Dr. Cunningham comes to Farmington from Fairmont, Minn., where he practiced with Mayo Clinic Health System. He will see patients of all ages, adults 18 years and older and children birth to age 18. Read more »

Food allergy experts to speak

Two experts on food allergies will provide a free educational session for parents Monday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Dakota County Heritage Library in Lakeville, 20085 Heritage Drive.

Nancy Ott, MD, a Mayo Clinic pediatric allergist who sees patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic, and Nona Navaez, executive director of Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AFAA), will combine for a session called: “What Parents Need to Know.” They will provide an overview of food allergies, talk about the latest research, and offer helpful tips on how to handle emergencies. Read more »

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.

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