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 »

Sleep Center offers informational session

The Northfield Hospital Sleep Center will host a free informational session on sleep disorders Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to noon in the Conference Center in the lower level of the hospital.

“Lights Out: The Path to Successful Sleep,” will feature presentations on the latest research and practices in the field of Sleep Medicine. Bryan Hoff, MD, Director of Northfield Hospital Sleep Center, will speak about “Shift Work and Circadian Rhythms; Gerard O’Halloran, MD, an ENT specialist with certification in Sleep Medicine, will speak about “Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” and Dr. William Hoekstra, a psychologist with Allina Medical Center, will speak about “What is Normal Sleep and Insomnia.” In addition, Robert Hoover, a representative from Allina Health Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment , will be there to speak about “Taking the Mystery Out of PAP Therapy.” Read more »

Hospital, Mayo Clinic agree on next chapter

Northfield Hospital & Clinics (NH&C) and Mayo Clinic have agreed on a plan to leverage the respective strengths of the two organizations to grow medical services in Northfield and surrounding communities.

According to the agreement, on January 1, 2015, NH&C will assume full responsibility for the continued development of primary care services, while Mayo Clinic will concentrate on growing the community specialty care it offers through Northfield Hospital and FamilyHealth Medical Clinics. It will become the preferred provider of new specialty care services. Read more »

Northfield Hospice seeks volunteers

This fall, Northfield Hospice is offering a Hospice Volunteer Training to community members who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers. The one-on-one orientation and training are free and open to those who can commit to at least one year of volunteering and are 18 years of age or older.

“As a hospice volunteer, you will join a tight-knit group of committed individuals who serve our community in a very special way,” said Sara Lippert, Northfield Hospice volunteer coordinator. Read more »

Respiratory illnesses are circulating

Hand washing hygiene is the best protection from a variety of respiratory illnesses that are circulating in the community, according to Carol Nassif, Infection Prevention Coordinator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, including the more virulent Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) that has public health officials concerned.

“In most cases the EV-D68 virus will be self limiting,” Nassif said. “For those who are ill, staying away from others, washing hands frequently, covering their cough, drinking lots of fluids and getting rest will be important.” Read more »

Hospital building projects approved

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The Northfield Hospital & Clinics Board of Directors approved $6.7 million in building projects at its regular August meeting, $6.3 million for an endoscopy center and $400,000 for remodeling of Northfield’s FamilyHealth Medical Clinic.

The endoscopy center will require expanding the hospital footprint on the north side by 9,000 square feet. It will provide two endoscopy rooms, another procedure room and additional pre and post-operative room for both endoscopy and surgery. It will also create a common registration and waiting area for endoscopy procedures and surgery. The new space will sit above another 8,000 square feet of unfinished space that will be used for future needs.

The clinic remodeling will provide four additional patient exam rooms, space for a sound booth and offices for referral specialists to meet with patients. The call center will be moved and the waiting area for the lab will be remodeled to address patient privacy issues.

Work is scheduled to begin on both projects this fall. The endoscopy project is expected to be completed in August of 2015, the clinic remodeling by January of 2015.


Grief counselor to talk about ‘reclaiming hope’

Chris Dooley-Harrington, a grief counselor with Fairview Home Care and Hospice, will be the featured speaker at a bereavement informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Northfield Hospital Conference Center.

Dooley-Harrington’s talk, “Living after a Loss: Reclaiming hope, joy, and resilience,” is a prelude to an optional six-week grief support group offered by Northfield Hospice. Both events are free and open to the public.

A licensed social worker, Dooley-Harrington works with children, adolescents, and adults who have lost a loved one to death. In addition to individual counseling, she runs support groups, grief education workshops, and mind-body-spirit grief retreats. Read more »

Northfield Hospital & Clinics recognized for staff vaccination rates

Northfield Hospital & Clinics was recognized recently by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for achieving high staff vaccination rates for influenza during the 2013-14 flu season.

Eighty-three percent of staff at Northfield Hospital & Clinics was vaccinated last year, earning it a “Red” rating. Ninety-two percent of Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center was vaccinated, earning it a “Blue” rating.

FluSafe program’s goal is to vaccinate all health care personnel at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota against influenza each flue season, except those with medical exemptions. State health officials are concerned that unvaccinated health care workers can pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications from influenza.

“Our patients’ health is our top priority,” said Carol Nassif, Infection Prevention Coordinator at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “Participating in the FluSafe program helps us increase employee influenza vaccination rates and prevent flu from spreading to our patients. We also want all of our employees to be as healthy as possible during flu season.”

Of the 213 facilities participating in FluSafe this year, 60 reached vaccination levels of 90 percent or greater, 63 reached levels greater than 80 percent, and 57 facilities reached vaccination rates of between 70 and 80 percent. There are approximately 145 hospitals and about 375 nursing homes in the state.

“Northfield Hospital & Clinics’ efforts to vaccinate their employees against flu highlights their dedication to keeping their staff and patients healthy,” said Kristen Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control Division at MDH. “Facilities participating in FluSafe—whether they receive a ribbon or not—are key partners in preventing the spread of influenza by increasing health care worker vaccination.”

More information on the FluSafe program, including a list of the 2013-14 facilities earning blue, red and white ribbons, can be found on the MDH website at

Pediatric pulmonology services available

Paolo Pianosi, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist from Mayo Clinic, now sees patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Northfield.

Dr. Pianosi offers expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with breathing disorders and lung diseases. His services are provided by Mayo Clinic Outreach.

Kathleen Meier, Clinic Services Administrator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said Dr. Pianosi’s practice expands the scope of services offered by FamilyHealth Medical Clinics.

“He will provide a higher level of service closer to home,” she said. “Our pediatric patients will not have to travel as far to get Mayo Clinic’s expert care.”

Dr. Pianosi earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Following his Pediatrics Internship and Residency at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, he completed a Respirology Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Pianosi is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Pediatric and Respiratory Medicine and is also certified in Pediatrics and Pediatrics Pulmonology by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Mayo Clinic.

To request an appointment, contact your primary care provider or call 507-646-1494.




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