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

FamilyHealth flu clinics announced

A flu vaccination is the first and best way to protect against getting this year’s seasonal influenza. FamilyHealth Medical Clinic has established specific dates and times for seasonal flu clinics.

Special evening flu clinics will be held at Elko New Market (952-461-5200) Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:30 to 7 p.m. and at Lonsdale (507-744-3245) Thursday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Call for an appointment. For dates and times at Northfield, Farmington and Lakeville, go to: and search the clinic nearest you. Read more »

Hospital takes precautionary measures

The safety of patients and staff is Northfield Hospital & Clinics’ first priority as it joins hospitals across the country in taking precautionary measures in the event an Ebola case is identified in the community.

While public health officials work to better understand the Ebola virus and to refine the most effective prevention and care protocols, Northfield Hospital is adapting its protocols to be ready should a patient present with Ebola-like symptoms. Read more »

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Football game to raise breast cancer awareness

Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is sponsoring a “breast cancer awareness” event Wednesday, Oct. 15, when the Northfield Raiders take on the Owatonna Huskies at Memorial Field. Game time is 7 p.m.

All of the Northfield players will be wearing pink socks, and fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Materials related to breast care best practices will be available in the game programs. Read more »

‘Can’t Eat Wheat’ group meets Monday

Rachel Fizel’s gluten-free and dairy-free mini-donuts have been getting rave reviews at area county fairs the past two summers. She will share her story with the Northfield area “Can’t Eat Wheat” support group Monday, Oct. 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Northfield Hospital Conference Center. Read more »

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