Hospital takes precautionary measures

The safety of patients and staff is Northfield Hospital & Clinics’ first priority as it joins hospitals across the country in taking precautionary measures in the event an Ebola case is identified in the community.

While public health officials work to better understand the Ebola virus and to refine the most effective prevention and care protocols, Northfield Hospital is adapting its protocols to be ready should a patient present with Ebola-like symptoms. Read more »

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Football game to raise breast cancer awareness

Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is sponsoring a “breast cancer awareness” event Wednesday, Oct. 15, when the Northfield Raiders take on the Owatonna Huskies 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 the game programs. Read more »

‘Can’t Eat Wheat’ group meets Monday

Rachel Fizel’s gluten-free and dairy-free mini-donuts have been getting rave reviews at area county fairs the past two summers. She will share her story with the Northfield area “Can’t Eat Wheat” support group Monday, Oct. 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Northfield Hospital Conference Center. Read more »

Sleep Center offers informational session

The Northfield Hospital Sleep Center will host a free informational session on sleep disorders Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to noon in the Conference Center in the lower level of the hospital.

“Lights Out: The Path to Successful Sleep,” will feature presentations on the latest research and practices in the field of Sleep Medicine. Bryan Hoff, MD, Director of Northfield Hospital Sleep Center, will speak about “Shift Work and Circadian Rhythms; Gerard O’Halloran, MD, an ENT specialist with certification in Sleep Medicine, will speak about “Obstructive Sleep Apnea,” and Dr. William Hoekstra, a psychologist with Allina Medical Center, will speak about “What is Normal Sleep and Insomnia.” In addition, Robert Hoover, a representative from Allina Health Home Oxygen and Medical Equipment , will be there to speak about “Taking the Mystery Out of PAP Therapy.” Read more »

Hospital, Mayo Clinic agree on next chapter

Northfield Hospital & Clinics (NH&C) and Mayo Clinic have agreed on a plan to leverage the respective strengths of the two organizations to grow medical services in Northfield and surrounding communities.

According to the agreement, on January 1, 2015, NH&C will assume full responsibility for the continued development of primary care services, while Mayo Clinic will concentrate on growing the community specialty care it offers through Northfield Hospital and FamilyHealth Medical Clinics. It will become the preferred provider of new specialty care services. Read more »

Northfield Hospice seeks volunteers

This fall, Northfield Hospice is offering a Hospice Volunteer Training to community members who are interested in becoming hospice volunteers. The one-on-one orientation and training are free and open to those who can commit to at least one year of volunteering and are 18 years of age or older.

“As a hospice volunteer, you will join a tight-knit group of committed individuals who serve our community in a very special way,” said Sara Lippert, Northfield Hospice volunteer coordinator. Read more »

Respiratory illnesses are circulating

Hand washing hygiene is the best protection from a variety of respiratory illnesses that are circulating in the community, according to Carol Nassif, Infection Prevention Coordinator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, including the more virulent Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) that has public health officials concerned.

“In most cases the EV-D68 virus will be self limiting,” Nassif said. “For those who are ill, staying away from others, washing hands frequently, covering their cough, drinking lots of fluids and getting rest will be important.” Read more »

Hospital building projects approved

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The Northfield Hospital & Clinics Board of Directors approved $6.7 million in building projects at its regular August meeting, $6.3 million for an endoscopy center and $400,000 for remodeling of Northfield’s FamilyHealth Medical Clinic.

The endoscopy center will require expanding the hospital footprint on the north side by 9,000 square feet. It will provide two endoscopy rooms, another procedure room and additional pre and post-operative room for both endoscopy and surgery. It will also create a common registration and waiting area for endoscopy procedures and surgery. The new space will sit above another 8,000 square feet of unfinished space that will be used for future needs.

The clinic remodeling will provide four additional patient exam rooms, space for a sound booth and offices for referral specialists to meet with patients. The call center will be moved and the waiting area for the lab will be remodeled to address patient privacy issues.

Work is scheduled to begin on both projects this fall. The endoscopy project is expected to be completed in August of 2015, the clinic remodeling by January of 2015.


Grief counselor to talk about ‘reclaiming hope’

Chris Dooley-Harrington, a grief counselor with Fairview Home Care and Hospice, will be the featured speaker at a bereavement informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Northfield Hospital Conference Center.

Dooley-Harrington’s talk, “Living after a Loss: Reclaiming hope, joy, and resilience,” is a prelude to an optional six-week grief support group offered by Northfield Hospice. Both events are free and open to the public.

A licensed social worker, Dooley-Harrington works with children, adolescents, and adults who have lost a loved one to death. In addition to individual counseling, she runs support groups, grief education workshops, and mind-body-spirit grief retreats. Read more »

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