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 »

Emergency Medical Services open house May 18

Save the date!

Northfield Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is inviting the community to an open house Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its new station headquarters, 1600 Riverview Lane in Northfield.

The family-friendly event will include a bike rodeo, safety demonstrations, inspection of ambulances and public safety vehicles and tours of the new facilities. The event will serve as a kickoff to National Emergency Medicine Services Week May 19-25.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics names CEO finalist

Northfield Hospital & Clinics Board of Directors has named Steve Underdahl the finalist for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The board took that action at its regular meeting Thursday evening, acting upon a recommendation from the search committee it appointed earlier this year.

Underdahl, currently Vice President of Operations for Mayo Clinic Health System, Albert Lea and Austin, will be invited back in early May for a second round of interviews. He will meet with the full board, senior administrative staff, members of the medical staff and members of the hospital and clinics leadership team. The board will make a final decision following those interviews.

In her report to the board Thursday evening, 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.

Underdahl was one of five candidates interviewed by the search committee in April. The search committee is comprised of Franklin; board members Steve O’Neill, Randy Reister, MD, and Michelle Muench, MD; Tim Hogan, MD; Northfield Mayor Dana Graham, CC Linstroth; Robert Shepley, MD; Jeff Meland, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Northfield Hospital & Clinics; and Tim Gronseth, Chief Financial Officer for Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

Grant helps Lucas CPR campaign

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 »

Make spring screening your spring ritual

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 »

Service of renewal set for April 16

       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.

Auxiliary collecting books

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.

Ambulance association honors former CEO

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.


Hospital approves donation to city

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.

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