MN Resuscitation Consortium (MRC).recently awarded $9,500 to Northfield Hospital & Clinics to help with the purchase of a Lucas CPR device and fund community training to increase sudden cardiac arrest survival rates. Read more »
Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is inviting women to combine an important Spring Screening with their seasonal Spring Cleaning.
T hose who schedule mammograms on eight select days in May — May 1, 8, 9, 13, 14, 22, 23 and 28 — will receive a complementary potted plant and treat. Appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, Fridays 7:30-4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-4 p.m. Evening appointments are available until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 28. For an appointment, call 507-646-1143. Read more »
A service of inspiration and renewal for caregivers, featuring music, prayer and music meditation, will be Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.
Called “Restore, Replenish, Renew,” the service is designed for anyone who is providing care or services to persons in need. This includes family caregivers, nurses, physicians, healthcare workers, therapists, clergy and volunteers.
The service will include a litany for healing, readings, hymn singing, anointing of hands, and a caregiver’s psalm. Daniel Dimick, a licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist and an ordained minister, will provide a homily and meditation experience. John Ferguson will provide piano music and accompaniment. Marian McKone will share a breath prayer written by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk.
Following the service there will be refreshments and a time for fellowship. Hand or back massage and healing touch will be offered free of charge by local practitioners.
“Restore, Replenish, Renew” was initiated in 2000 by a local network of parish nurses, who wanted to offer a worship service that would reinvigorate the spiritual side of those who provided prolonged care-giving.
Northfield Retirement Community, Three Links, Northfield Area Interfaith Association and Northfield Hospital & Clinics are sponsoring the service.
The Donations are now being received at the Northfield Ice Arena for the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s 52st annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid.
Hours are: 4 to 6 p.m. April 1-5; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 7; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 8-19; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13; and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20.
Sale dates are Tuesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 27. Sale hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 24 – April 26; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.
Proceeds from this year’s book sale will go to the Cancer Care & Infusion Center.
The Northfield Area Ambulance Association posthumously honored Mark Henke, former President and CEO of Northfield & Clinics, recently with the Don Sommers Award for Community Service.
The award is given each year to someone who has made a significant contribution to the maintenance and development of ambulance service in the broader Northfield service area. The community service award is named for Don Sommers who was instrumental in the formation and development of the Northfield Area Ambulance Association.
Mark, who served as President and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics from 2010 until his death in August of 2012, was selected for his efforts to secure a new station for the Emergency Medical Services. He helped facilitate the move from a converted single-family dwelling on West Second Street to a more professional commercial building at 1600 Riverview Lane, formerly home to Northfield Construction. Brian Edwards, manager of EMS, said Mark was a strong champion of the project and an inspirational leader who valued teamwork and partnerships.
The award was presented to Joyce Henke, Mark’s wife, February 27.
Northfield Hospital & Clinics is offering to fund the City of Northfield’s recreation program for the next four years.
The Board of Directors approved its intent to make the donation at its February meeting and approved a formal document outlining the terms of the donation March 21.
The board said it will guarantee $107,000 for 2013 and 2014 and increase that to $110,315 for 2015 and 2016, based on the hospital’s financial performance. The board said it would honor the donation in years three and four, if the hospital’s net operating income is $2 million or more.
Northfield Hospital & Clinics underwrote the city’s recreation program in 2012 and wanted to provide the city some certainty of its commitment going forward.
Gina Franklin, board chair, said the plan is a responsible way to support a community wellness initiative without eroding the hospital’s ability to adequately fund its medical services, its primary mission.
“This basically aligns with the priorities we talk about in our mission statement,” said Franklin. “Our first order of business is to provide quality health care services. Our second is to promote health improvement in the communities we serve.”
The city’s recreation program is administered and coordinated by Northfield Public School’s Community Services Division.
The Association of Community Cancer Centers recently recognized Patrick J. Flynn, MD, a hematologist-oncologist with Minnesota Oncology and a longtime medical provider at Northfield Hospital, for his leadership in clinical cancer research.
Dr. Flynn received the David King Community Clinical Scientist Award at the 39th national meeting of the Association of Community Cancer Centers in Washington, DC March 8. Award winners are physicians who have demonstrated leadership in the development, participation and evaluation of clinical studies and/or are active in developing new screening, risk assessment, treatment or supportive care programs for cancer patients.
Dr. Flynn has been vigorously engaged in clinical research for many years, having served as principal investigator for many Metro-Minnesota CCOP and NCI clinical trials. Clinical trial accruals have risen from 50-500 patients per year under Dr. Flynn’s leadership, achieving success through a consortium of physicians, clinics and hospitals that cover the entire metropolitan Twin Cities and beyond.
“My goal has been to take the research to where people live rather than expect people to travel to the research,” said Dr. Flynn. “I plan to continue my efforts to promote cooperative research by playing a direct role at the national groups.”
Dr. Flynn is familiar to many families in the Northfield area. He has been seeing patients in Northfield since 1986. He currently sees patients in clinic at Northfield Hospital’s Cancer Care & Infusion Center each week.
Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center has joined Stratis Health in a campaign to ensure every nursing home resident receives the highest quality care.
The Long Term Care Center will be a collaborative partner in a campaign called Acting Together to Achieve Excellence (ATTAX). Its aim is to introduce Minnesota nursing homes to quality and performance improvement practices designed to attack and eliminate healthcare acquired conditions and to improve resident satisfaction.
Supporting the development of strategies for overall quality will be at the heart of this work, as well as specific emphasis and resources for improving dementia care and preventing pressure ulcers, falls and urinary tract infections. Successes and best practices from the group will be shared with the Minnesota nursing home community over the next few years.
Tammy Hayes, Division Administrator for Nursing and Long Term Care Center administrator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, says participation in this campaign reflects the organization’s commitment to continuous improvement.
“We are very proud of the quality of care we provide our residents,” she said. “We have a long history of providing excellent care, but we are always looking for new ways to improve.”
Jane Pederson, MD, director, medical affairs for Stratis Health, said the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid have made transformational quality improvement a priority across this country.
“This is such exciting work that we are able to continue as the quality improvement organization with nursing homes in Minnesota,” Dr. Pederson said.
The work is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and is being led by Stratis Hewalth, Minnesota’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization.
The Northfield Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is offering the initial certification course for Emergency Medical Responder, formerly known as First Responder. The 64-hour class will begin in March at Northfield Hospital’s EMS Station, 1600 Riverview Lane.
Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Technicians practical and written exams for Emergency Medical Responder. The curriculum is includes lecture, practical skills, and optional field internship.
Details regarding the course can be obtained from Brian Edwards, EMS manager, at 507-646-1444 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Class size is limited and advance registration is required.
The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 52st annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid Tuesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 27, at the Northfield Ice Arena.
Donations can be made at the ice arena, beginning Monday, April 1. Hours are: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 1-5; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 8-19; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13; and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20.
Over the years the book fair has raised more than half a million dollars for projects at Northfield Hospital & Clinics and for other community health initiatives, such as HealthFinders. These funds also support the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s health education scholarship program.
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