New Chief Operating Officer named at Northfield Hospital

Jerome EhnJerry Ehn has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. He will be responsible for developing the operational metrics, tools and processes necessary to help the organization meet the challenges of healthcare reform.

Most recently, Ehn has worked for Mayo Clinic Health System. He has served on the Austin and Albert Lea campuses and handled assignments for the broader Mayo organization. Ehn holds a masters’ degree in Organization Leadership and a nursing home administrator’s license. He brings with him an impressive balance of operational and strategic leadership experience.

He will begin his duties at Northfield Hospital & Clinics on Monday, Dec. 9.

Hospital recognized for patient safety

Northfield Hospital was recently recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance on improving patient safety.

 The hospital received a “Partnership for Patients Excellence Award” from the MHA Hospital Engagement Network, a consortium of healthcare facilities dedicated to reducing preventable hospital acquired conditions and preventable hospital readmissions. To earn the award, a hospital needed to demonstrate progress on three or more patient safety initiatives. Read more »

Long Term Care Center earns high marks

Northfield Hospital’s Long Term Care Center is among the most highly ranked nursing homes in the state, according to the latest Nursing Home Report Card released earlier this year by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

 The hospital’s Long Term Care Center received 32 stars out of a possible 35 based on seven quality measures, one of the three highest scores among the state’s 373 nursing homes. Only Little Sisters of the Poor of St. Paul scored higher with 33 stars. Lyngblomsten Care Center of  St. Paul also earned 32 out of 35 stars. Read more »

Northfield Hospital invests in advanced technology

Northfield Hospital is one of a handful of regional healthcare facilities to have the next generation in fluoroscope technology.

It recently purchased a Luminos Agile with CR radiography to meet the need for better images, growing volumes and a better patient experience. Read more »

Football game to raise breast cancer awareness

Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is sponsoring a “breast cancer awareness” event this Friday when the Northfield Raiders take on the Chaska Hawks 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 game programs. Read more »

Hospital to open urgent care in Lakeville

Northfield Hospital & Clinics is bringing urgent care to Lakeville.

Beginning October 15, urgent care providers will be available to see walk-in patients at Urgent Care Lakeville, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, at the corner of Jacquard and County Road 70. Hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. No appointments are necessary. Read more »

FamilyHealth announces seasonal flu clinics

FamilyHealth Medical Clinics have established specific dates and times for its fall seasonal flu clinics. Specific dates at Northfield, Lonsdale, Elko New Market, Lakeville or Farmington are posted on the respective clinic websites. Go to for information for the clinic nearest you.

A flu vaccination is the first and best way to protect against getting this year’s seasonal influenza, according to public health officials. Read more »

Hans Bengtson, MD, joins orthopedic practice

Hans Bengtson, MD

Hans Bengtson, MD

Hans Bengtson, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, has joined Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic of Northfield, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

 Beginning in September, Dr. Bengtson will work with Robert Shepley, MD; Brad Wille, MD; Clint Muench, MD; and Erik Stroemer, MD. He will see a full range of patients in clinic at Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic in Northfield and at nearby FamilyHealth Medical Clinics. He will operate at Northfield Hospital. 

Dr. Bengtson’s professional association with OFC is a homecoming of sorts. He is a 1998 graduate of Northfield High School and the son of Kathy Bengtson, former director of Northfield Home Care. Read more »

Hospital’s Breast Care Center offers spa experience

Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is offering a “mini-spa experience” with every mammogram scheduled on10 dedicated days during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Those scheduling mammograms October 1,2, 9,10,17, 18,21, 22, 28 and 29 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. will be treated to a mini-massage, complimentary specialty beverages, treats and a parting gift.

 Sandy Mulford, director of Diagnostic Imaging at Northfield Hospital, said the “spa event” is an effort to encourage women to have an annual exam. Early detection can save lives and increase treatment options, she said.

 The Breast Care Center features a direct-digital mammogram unit with Read more »

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 »

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