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 »

Youth to receive ‘Life Saver’ award as part of CPR Week

Northfield Heart Safe Project will honor 10-year old Amber Fredrickson Monday, June 1, with a “Life Saver” Award for taking heroic action earlier this spring when her mother suffered a diabetic reaction while driving on Highway 3.

The presentation will take place at 4 p.m. at Northfield Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters, 1600 Riverview Lane in Northfield.    Representatives from Northfield Hospital, Northfield Hospital EMS, Northfield Police Department and Minnesota Diabetes Association will be there to recognize Amber’s quick thinking and life-saving action. Read more »

Northfield Hospital & Clinics EMS announces continuing education

Two classes:

PEPP-Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals.  All prehospital provider levels – EMR, EMT, and Paramedic.  Thursday, July 9, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m..

For more information see PEPP – Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals 2015


International Trauma Life Support.  Renewal course for EMR, EMT, and Paramedic providers.  Thursday, June 11, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information see International Trauma Life Support 2015

Hospital recognized for reducing early elective deliveries

Northfield Hospital’s First Touch Birth Center was recently recognized by the March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for its commitment to reducing early elective deliveries.

Research shows that important development takes place for a baby’s brain and lungs during the last few weeks of pregnancy. Yet according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), early elective deliveries — which include inductions and planned Cesarean sections that are not medically necessary — still account for 10 to 15 percent of all deliveries nationally. Read more »

Hot tip: Shop the Great Northfield, Minn. Book Fair

Profiles in CourageWhen Debbie Tungland recommends you shop the Great Northfield, Minn. Book Fair, it’s like Warren Buffet offering you a “hot” stock tip. She has that kind of track record.

Debbie is the woman from Kenyon, Minn, who last year at the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair invested one dollar for a copy of “Profiles in Courage” by John F. Kennedy and sold it for $3,000. That’s a nice return.

She discovered an inscription inside the book signed by the 35th president. She had the signature authenticated and ultimately found a buyer,  a rare book dealer in New York. Read more »

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