Northfield Area Heart Safe Project

Immediate, fast, efficient CPR can double or even triple your chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.

A Northfield Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) initiative called Northfield Area Heart Safe Project wants to tilt the odds in your favor. The goal is educate community members of all ages on the signs and symptoms of stroke, heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest and to train them in “no fear” compressions only CPR, giving them the skills and the confidence to act quickly in an emergency. Read more »

Psychologist to speak on grief and loss

Linda Lehmann, a licensed psychologist with expertise in grief and loss, will be the featured speaker at a bereavement informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Northfield Hospital Conference Center.        

Lehmann’s talk, “How Grief Can Transform Our Lives,” will serve as a prelude to an optional six-week grief support group offered by Northfield Hospice. Both events are free and open to the public. Read more »

Donor purchases Lucas CPR devices for EMS

Lucas Device2A longtime Northfield resident has donated $32,000 for the purchase of two Lucas Automatic CPR devices for Northfield Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Mary Lander Freeman, 97, made the donation because she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, said Sue Malecha, Freeman’s niece.

The donation will enable EMS to equip all of its ambulances with the device and make it a standard of care.      

Pictured from left; Kathy Hanek, Mary Lander Freeman, Sue Malecha and Rebecca Schoephoerster (in back with Lucas device)                                                                          Read more »

Ambulances get makeover

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Northfield Hospital & Clinics ambulances have a new look.

New graphics reflect the themes and colors in the organization’s logo and provide a consistent look to the ambulances used by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department. Read more »

Pediatrician joins FamilyHealth Medical Clinic

Dr Kelly MeyerKelly Meyer, DO, has joined the pediatric practice at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic. She will be seeing patients at our clinics in Lakeville and Farmington beginning August 5.

Dr. Meyer will see a full range of pediatric patients from infants to 18-year olds. Her areas of professional interest include newborn care, preventive health and mental health. Her physician services are provided by Mayo Clinic Health System.

Dr. Meyer received her medical degree from the Des Moines University and an undergraduate degree from Union University. She recently completed her residency at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

For an appointment with Dr. Meyer in Lakeville, call 952-469-0500. For an appointment in Farmington, call 651-460-2300.


New director at Center for Sports Medicine

Colleen Johnson 2013aColleen Johnson is the new director of the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation (CSMR), a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

She comes to Northfield by way of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where she spent 27 years working in a variety of clinical and leadership positions. Vicki Stevens, Division Administrator for Ancillary Services at Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said Johnson brings a wealth of leadership and management experience to her new position. Read more »

EMS rewards those who wear bike helmets

Northfield Hospital Emergency Medical Services is teaming up with police departments in its service area to catch kids something right.

Each time a police officer or paramedic spots a child wearing a bike helmet, they will reward them with a coupon for ice cream or a treat at a local restaurant or Dairy Queen.

 Jim Ingham, a paramedic with Northfield Hospital’s EMS department, knows first-hand the value of wearing a helmet. He and his daughter both survived a serious motorcycle crash because they were wearing theirs.

 “Head injuries from bicycle accidents can be life altering,” Ingham said. “If you prepare for the unexpected by wearing a helmet when you jump on that bike, you’ve just improved your odds significantly of avoiding serious injury.”

 The program, now in its fifth year, is offered in Northfield, Lonsdale, and Elko New Market. Participating businesses, those providing the rewards, are: Northfield Dairy Queen, Northfield Culver’s, Northfield Perkins, Cocoa Bean in Northfield, Treats of Lonsdale and Fish Rock Country Market in Elko New Market.

 EMS makes bike helmets available for purchase at a variety of community events. Ingham said they encourage kids to wear their helmets for biking, skateboarding, in-line skating and winter sledding.


Northfield Hospital names new CEO

Steve Underdahl2Steve Underdahl has been named the new president and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics (NH&C).

He formally accepted the Board of Directors’ offer of the position Friday. He will begin his work at NH&C on Tuesday, June 11.

Underdhal comes to Northfield from Mayo Clinic Health System, Albert Lea and Austin, where he most recently held the position of Vice President of Operations. Prior to that, he served as hospital administrator for the Albert Lea hospital from 1999 to 2012. He has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Bethel College. His background includes work in the area of chemical dependency treatment.

Gina Franklin, board chair and a member of the search committee, said Underdahl’s work experience includes 15 years of progressive management responsibilities, including 13 years as a hospital administrator. His responsibilities have included management of both hospital and clinic operations. He has had experience with new construction and has a full understanding of both rural and metro healthcare markets.


Lucas CPR campaign meets goal

Lucas DeviceA combination of grants, fundraisers and individual contributions have allowed Northfield Hospital & Clinics to purchase a Lucas Automatic CPR Device in honor of Annette Frandrup.

Frandrup died 18 months ago from cardiac arrest at the age of 53. In her memory, her husband, Jim Frie, committed to raising $15,000 for a Lucas CPR device in hopes of sparing other families a similar tragedy. In cooperation with Northfield Hospital & Clinics, a campaign was launched late last summer. It came to a successful conclusion in April. Read more »

Hospital’s sleep center earns accreditation

Northfield Hospital’s Sleep Center has received full accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Accreditation is an assurance that the sleep center demonstrates a commitment to quality diagnostic services and meets “standards of care” for the long-term management of sleep patients. Read more »

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