NH+C to end Ophthalmology Services

February 19, 2024
eye doctor examines a patient's eyes

NH+C has made the difficult decision to discontinue Ophthalmology services, as reimbursement from Medicare does not cover the cost of providing the care that NH+C has offered.

Eye surgeon Michelle Muench, MD will begin seeing patients at Richie Eye Clinic and LASIK Center in Northfield, MN starting April 2, 2024.

Richie Eye Clinic and LASIK Center

710 Division Street South

Northfield, MN  55057


NH+C’s Ophthalmology services will stop on March 21, 2024. NH+C will continue to refer surgical and consultative patients to Dr. Muench at her new location. 

“Dr. Muench is an excellent surgeon, and we have appreciated her long partnership with us,” says NH+C President & CEO Steve Underdahl. “Dr. Muench’s commitment to her patients and the community are a hallmark of her practice.” 

“I am grateful for my 15-year partnership with NH+C and Dr. Nathan Heilman at River Valley Eye Professionals,” Dr. Muench says. “While NH+C is no longer able to directly provide Ophthalmology services, I look forward to the opportunity and their support to continue to provide care for my patients in our community.”

Dr. Heilman says, “After 12 years of working together under one roof to serve our community’s visual needs, I am deeply saddened to see our direct relationship with Dr. Muench come to an end. She is not only a wonderful surgeon, but also a genuine person who I share many values with. Although we will not be working in the same building, I look forward to continuing our collaboration with Dr. Muench and opening new doors of collaboration with Richie Eye Clinic and LASIK Center.”