Tree of Remembrance: A Service of Light and Hope

This community tree-lighting event will be held on Tuesday, December 8th 6:00-6:30 p.m. in the Northern Lights Courtyard. Consider helping to make the season bright by sponsoring a light as a tribute to a special person in your life, a memorial to those you miss, or a thank-you for service and kindness. Donations can be made for a single light for $10 or a string of lights for $100. Proceeds for this event will help Northfield Hospice provide care and comfort to those with life-limiting illness. For more information, please contact Sara at Northfield Hospice (646-1457).

2015 Tree of Remembrance flyer

Allergy experts present “Food Allergies: What Parents Need to Know” on Nov. 19

Food allergies affect one in 13 children – roughly two kids in every classroom across the U.S. And food allergies among children have increased more than 50% since 1997, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Allergic reactions to food can be mild or severe, and potentially deadly.

Two experts on food allergies will provide a free educational session for parents at Just Food Co-op in Northfield. FamilyHealth Medical Clinics will host the session, “Food Allergies: What Parents Need to Know.”

Nancy Ott, MD a pediatric allergist from FamilyHealth Clinic – Lakeville, and Nona Narvaez, executive director of the Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of Minnesota (AAFA), will give parents an overview of food allergies and symptoms, and offer helpful tips on how to handle emergencies.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred; walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

Food Allergies: What Parents Need to Know

Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Just Food Co-op Community Room

516 Water Street South

Register at or call (507) 646-1534

Dr. Ott is a pediatric allergist who sees patients at the FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Lakeville. She has over two decades of experience treating patients, teaching, and conducting research. Her own childhood experience with asthma has influenced her practice; when Dr. Ott was 13, she spent nine months in the hospital for asthma treatment. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, she is board-certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology.

Narvaez is co-founder of AAFA and has served as its executive director since it began in 2001. Under her direction, AAFA has grown into the largest state food allergy organization in the U.S. Narvaez has worked for the Minnesota Legislature and the U.S. Congress as a policy research analyst.

FamilyHealth Medical Clinics and Just Food Co-op collaborate on wellness and nutrition education for the community.

Diabetes Support Group launches on Oct. 20

Individuals with diabetes soon will have a new resource to help manage their care: Each other.

The Northfield Community Diabetes Support Group will hold its first meeting on Oct. 20, with monthly meetings scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings will be held at Northfield Hospital. Participation is free. Registration is not required.

Northfield Community Diabetes Support Group

Tuesday, Oct. 20

7:00-8:00 pm

Northfield Hospital, Meeting Room A

2000 North Avenue

This is an opportunity for individuals with diabetes to share their experience and concerns with others and receive educational, social and emotional support.

Participants can:

• develop a better understanding of diabetes

• gain diabetes self-care skills

• learn healthy lifestyle habits

This is an independent group led by Julie Stulz, RN, who is diabetic herself and has professional experience in diabetes education. For more information on the support group, contact Stulz directly at (651) 245-1705 or


Meet Dr. Sara Hernberg

Hernburg, Sara_4Sara Hernberg, MD, a Family Medicine physi­cian, has joined FamilyHealth Medical Clinic.

Dr. Hernberg began seeing patients of all ages at FamilyHealth’s Northfield clinic on August 20. She comes to FamilyHealth from Aberdeen, SD, where she practiced at Sanford Health.

A native of Finland, Dr. Hernberg earned her medical degree from University of Helsinki. She did her Family Medicine residency and graduate work at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Hernberg is fluent in English, Finnish, Swedish and German.

Dr. Hernberg said she is fascinated by the science of medicine; her father was a physician, too. Dr. Hernberg’s goal is to provide individualized care to all her patients, and to make the best decisions possible to maintain health and reduce suffering.

Dr. Hernberg’s expertise complements that of Family Medicine providers at FamilyHealth, including Adam Ailabouni, MD; Internal Medicine specialists Katie Helgen, MD, and Randolph Reister, MD; plus pediatricians Ben Flannery, MD, and Todd Amunrud, D.O.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Hernberg join our practice here in Northfield. She brings many years of experience to our group, and expands the schedule we’re able to offer patients in our Northfield clinic,” said Dr. Flannery, Medical Director for FamilyHealth Medical Clinics.

For an appointment, call FamilyHealth in Northfield at (507) 646-1494.

Northfield Hospital Dietitians Host “Mindful Eating” Seminar on Sept. 24

With the chill of Fall approaching, eating habits start to change – whether we notice or not.

The dietitians of Northfield Hospital & Clinics will host “Mindful Eating,” a seminar designed to help participants shift out of a diet mentality, and enjoy eating instead.

The one-hour session will be led by Kristi Von Ruden, RDN, LD, registered dietitian nutritionist coordinator at Northfield Hospital. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred; walk-ins are welcome as space allows.

Mindful Eating

Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Northfield Area Family YMCA Community Room

To register: Sue Pokorney, (507) 646-1534 or

Often when people think about food and health, they focus on diet and weight control. Mindful eating is a different perspective that helps people approach nutrition and wellness from a positive viewpoint.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics collaborates with the Y to promote wellness in the community. All participants for “Mindful Eating” will receive two free days at the Y.



Meet Dr. Nicole Dohm-Palmer

DOHM-PALMER, Nicole-5Nicole Dohm-Palmer, MD, an Obstetrics and Gynecology physician, joined Women’s Health Center on September 8. She will see women and adolescent patients at Women’s Health Center Northfield and FamilyHealth Medical Clinic – Farmington.

Dr. Dohm-Palmer comes to Women’s Health Center from United and Abbott Northwestern Hospitals, where she was an emergency obstetrician. She is board-certified as a Fellow in the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Dohm-Palmer earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota and did her resi­dency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is also a graduate of Carleton College.

“I see myself as a partner with my patients to optimize health, choose treatments for problems, and promote healthy pregnancies for both moms and babies,” she says.

Dr. Dohm-Palmer learned early on that medicine allows her to apply her love of science with people.

“I am an extrovert at heart and love people. The most rewarding part of medicine is that I get to es­tablish life-long relationships with my patients and positively impact their lives,” she says.

Her professional interests include delivering babies, minimally-invasive surgery including lapa­roscopy, endometrial ablations, and treatment for urinary incontinence.

For an appointment, call Women’s Health Center Northfield at (507) 646-1478, or FamilyHealth Medical Clinic – Farmington at (651) 460-2300.

Dr. Mickelson joins Women’s Health Center

MICKELSON, Kaye-5Kaye Mickelson, MD, an Obstetrics and Gyne­cology physician, is joining Women’s Health Center on September 22. She will see female patients of all ages at the Women’s Health Center Northfield and FamilyHealth Medical Clinics – Lakeville.

Dr. Mickelson comes to Women’s Health Center from Allina Women’s Health in St. Paul.

Dr. Mickelson is board-certified in OB/GYN and has over 20 years of experience. She earned her medical degree from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine and did her residency at the University of Minnesota.

It was during medical school that she discovered her passion for delivering babies, and performing surgeries to im­prove the lives of women.

“I like to listen to the patients, explain the best options and invite patients to participate in discus­sion and decision making,” she says.

Dr. Mickelson has special training in advanced laparoscopic gynecologic surgery, plus medical and surgical treatment of menopausal symptoms. Her interests include treatment of endome­triosis, diagnosis and treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding, menopause, and diagnosis and treatment of PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).

And, of course, delivering babies.

For an appointment, call Women’s Health Center Northfield at (507) 646-1478, or FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Lakeville at (952) 469-0500.

Grief expert to speak on “Grieving the Traumatic Death of a Loved One”

Psychologist Linda Lehmann will be the featured speaker at a bereavement informational meeting on Thursday, September 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Northfield Hospital Conference Center.

Lehmann’s presentation, “Grieving the Traumatic Death of a Loved One,” is a prelude to an optional eight-week grief support group offered by Northfield Hospice. Both events are free and open to the public.

The eight-week bereavement group will be facilitated by a Northfield Hospice social worker. It will begin on Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Northfield Hospital (Meeting Room A) and will meet every Thursday through November 12. The group is open to the public; participants do not need to have a family member in the Hospice Program to join the group. Pre-registration is required.  To register, please contact Katie Jacobi at (507) 646-1037 or

For healthcare professionals, 1.5 free CEU credits will be available for the September 17 presentation. Participants can register that evening for their credits.

Grief and Loss Support Group

Thursdays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Northfield Hospital (Meeting Room A)

To register: Katie Jacobi, (507) 646-1037 or

Lehmann is a licensed psychologist who has counseled on grief and loss for over 20 years in various roles, including Bereavement Coordinator of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. She is currently on staff at Lakeville Behavioral Health, where she provides counseling for adults, families, and couples.

Lehmann has been a professional trainer, speaker, and coordinator of numerous grief support programs for adults, children and teens since 1987. She also hs served as a consultant to hospices, schools, businesses and social service agencies on issues related to grief, traumatic death, chronic illness, and end of life.

Lehmann brings her personal experience to her work as she offers a practical, compassionate approach to individuals and families who are grieving the significant losses in their lives.

The presentation is sponsored by Northfield Hospice and the Northfield Grief Support Coalition. Northfield Hospice is a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

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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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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