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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 »

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.

Dr. P.J. Flynn receives national honor

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.

Long Term Care to participate in learning collaborative

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.

 

Resolving joint pain: The latest options

Erik Stroemer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, will be presenting “Resolving Joint Pain: The latest options” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Village Common Senior Apartments in Elko New Market. 

Dr. Stroemer, who sees patients at the FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Lakeville and performs surgeries at Northfield Hospital, will address the wide range of treatments available for people who suffer from joint pain. He will speak about available medications, supplements, injections, rehabilitation and the critical factors that point to a total joint replacement.

The presentation is free of charge. Refreshments will be served. 

For information call FamilyHealth Medical Clinic at 952-469-0500.

Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic and FamilyHealth Medical Clinic are owned and operated by Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

 

Flu outbreak requires caution

Healthcare providers are seeing a widespread outbreak of influenza in our communities. We have individuals admitted to our hospital and being treated for the flu. FamilyHealth Medical Clinics and the Emergency Department are seeing many  patients with flu symptoms, which include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches, it is important to note Influenza symptoms come on quickly. These symptoms can be severe and put you in bed for several days 

Community members are advised not to visit friends or relatives in the hospital if you have a fever or a cough.

  • 1)   Stay home when ill.
  • 2)   Cover your cough
  • 3)   Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • 4)   Treat symptoms with over the counter medications.
  • 5)   Only individuals at high risk of complications (over age 65, under age 2, pregnant women or those with chronic diseases)  should seek prescribed medication treatment such as antiviral (Tamiflu).

 

 All healthy visitors are reminded to:

  • 1) Clean your hands after arriving and before departing;
  • 2) Use a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze;
  • 3) Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.

 

It is not too late to be vaccinated for the seasonal flu. Appointments can be made at any of our clinics for a flu vaccination.

New home care, hospice director named

Kathy Blomquist, RN, BSN, MA, has been named director of Northfield Home Care and Northfield Hospice, services of Northfield Hospital & Clinics (NH&C).

Blomquist comes to NH&C with an extensive background in home care and hospice services, oncology nursing and end-of-life care. She has worked in hospice related services in Albert Lea, Owatonna and Faribault. Most recently, she served as a parish nurse in Owatonna. Read more »

Holiday Donation Station fuels holiday spirit

Northfield Hospital & Clinics’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) gave Santa a helping hand last week with its first annual Holiday Donation Station.

EMS staff invited community members to donate toys, non-perishable food items, books, outerwear and cash at a special open house on November 24.  During a five-hour period, community members donated 93 clothing items (coats, gloves, clothes, hats); 165 toys; 80 food items; and $55 worth of gift cards.

Brian Edwards, EMS manager, said two-thirds of the toys will be donated to Toys for Tots; all other items will go to Christmas Sharing or the Northfield Food Shelf.

Edwards thanked KYMN radio, Northfield News, Ace hardware, and Patch.com, as well as the employees of Northfield Hospital EMS, Northfield Police Department, and Northfield Fire Department for their help in staging this event.

“Most importantly, I want to thank the people who donated,” Edwards said. “Their generosity will make the holidays brighter for our neighbors who are facing financial challenges this year.”

EMS will also be accepting donations in downtown Northfield on Thursday, Dec. 6, during Winter Walk. 

Pictured left to right back row:

Josh Hall – Northfield Hospital EMT and Northfield Fire Department firefighter,  Santa, Rich Bailey-Northfield Police Department, Nick Londowski-Northfield Hospital paramedic.

Pictured let to right front row:

Bennett Edwards (son of Brian Edwards-EMS Manager), Gabe Schoephoerster, Jazmin Brown (daughter of Norfield Hospital paramedic Amy Brown), Gunnar Johnson (son of Northfield Hospital paramedic Joe Johnson), Roman Schoephoerster (Roman & Gabe are sons of Northifeld Hospital EMT Rebecca Schoephoerster)

City Council affirms city ownership model

The Northfield City Council adopted a resolution November 13 affirming the city’s continued ownership of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

The declaration was based on a recommendation from the joint City-Hospital Task Force after several months of study. The task force said in its recommendation that a formal declaration of its finding is important to provide stability and clarity to both NH&C and the community. Read more »

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