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Hospital restricts visitors due to flu

Northfield Hospital and its Long Term Care Center are asking visitors to stay home as a precautionary measure if they have any flu-like symptoms.

Influenza can be serious and even life-threatening for the elderly and for those who are already hospitalized with an illness, and it spreads quickly, said Ann Reuter, Director of Quality at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. 


New provider joins FamilyHealth Medical Clinic

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Physician Assistant Carrie Gray will join FamilyHealth Medical Clinic January 5.

She will be part of the clinic’s Family Medicine practice and see a full range of patients of all ages. Her areas of professional interest include preventive medicine, women’s health and pediatrics.

Carrie comes to FamilyHealth with 15 years experience in Family Medicine. Most recently she practiced in a primary care clinic in St. Paul. Prior to that, she practiced for nine years at a clinic in Washington, Iowa. For the last five years, she has also served in an academic capacity, providing instruction to aspiring physician assistants at Augsburg College for four years and now at St. Catherine’s University.

Family medicine gives Carrie an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of her patients. She enjoys building relationships with individuals and families and helping them make informed decisions about their healthcare.


Northfield Retirement Community Receives Grants to Fund Nursing Assistant Program

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Two Northfield organizations have granted Northfield Retirement Community monies to help defray expenses associated with a career exploration program in health care nursing assistant training available to students at Northfield High School. Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) is giving $300 and the Rotary Club of Northfield, Local Donations Committee, has awarded NRC $500 in support of Launching a Nursing Assistant Career: Training with Innovation and Care. Through the program, youth can explore a career option and receive training free of charge to prepare themselves for work as a nursing assistant or residential aide – areas where jobs are available and health care professionals are needed as America’s population is aging.


New provider joins FamilyHealth Medical Clinic

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Ashley Gilland, MSN, FNP-BC, a family medicine nurse practitioner, will join FamilyHealth Medical Clinic December 1.

She will see a full range of patients of all ages. Her areas of professional interest include preventive medicine, women’s health and management of chronic diseases.


Former Nurse Donates Hospice Quilt

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Sue Josephson, a retired nurse with Northfield Home Care & Hospice, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, recently donated a handmade quilt to the department in honor of National Hospice Month.

The design contains hands representing the important work of caregivers and members of patients’ families, and different representations of the heart. Together they represent the love that is expressed through the physical care provided to those in need.

Kathy Blomquist, director of Northfield Home Care & Hospice, calls it “hearts and hands,” a perfect reflection of the service they provide to their hospice patients.

“Hearts and hands, that’s what we do,” she said.


Northfield Hospice to Create Tree of Remembrance

Northfield Hospice invites you to pay tribute to someone special in your life and make the season brighter by adding lights to its “Tree of Remembrance.”

Kathy Blomquist, Director of Northfield Hospice, said a decorated tree at Northfield Hospital will symbolize gratitude for those who have meaning to us and have made a difference in our lives.

“This can serve as a memorial to someone you miss, a tribute to a special person in your life or a “thank you” for service or kindness,” she said.

Individuals and families can purchase a single light for $10 or a string of lights for $100. Funds raised from this event will be used in the hospice program to support those with life-limiting illnesses. Forms are available at Northfield Homecare & Hospice, 700 Division, or online at northfieldhospital.org/services/hospice.


Northfield Hospital takes precautionary measures

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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.


Volunteer puts brakes on Meals-On-Wheel route

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Guy Kalland won’t be hitting the road again anytime soon, at least not for Northfield’s Meals-On-Wheels program.

After 20 years of owning the Tuesday “Blue Route” September through May, he is rolling to a stop.

“It was always an enjoyable hour,” said the long-time varsity basketball coach at Carleton College as he reflected on his weekly regimen. “I couldn’t wait to get to Tuesdays. It was a mini-sabbatical for me, especially if we were coming off of a Monday night loss.”


Carleton Convocation Addresses Farming Technologies and Poverty in the Developing World

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Carleton College’s weekly convocation will be presented by Robert Paarlberg ’67, a food and agricultural researcher, on Friday, Oct. 17 at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “The Political Fight Over Food and Farming: Who Is Winning?”, Paarlberg’s presentation will address farming technologies and poverty in the developing world. Convocations are free and open to the public. They are also recorded and archived online at go.carleton.edu/convo.

Robert Paarlberg ’67 is a researcher on food and agricultural policy, with a focus on farming technologies and poverty in the developing world. This topic connects Paarlberg both to his own family history (his father grew up on a farm in Indiana) and to an important current issue in international development: how to help farmers in Africa – most of whom are women – increase their productivity to better feed their families and escape poverty. 


CROP Walk is Sunday, October 5th!

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Northfield CROP Walk is the annual community-wide collaboration to help eradicate world hunger and poverty, provide disaster relief, and assist refugees around the world.

Please join your fellow community members on Sunday, October 5th at 2 p.m. as we start from United Church of Christ, 300 Union Street, and walk together for about 17 blocks to Bridge Square.

Seventy-five percent of funds raised will support projects around the world sponsored by Church World Service (CWS).  The other twenty-five percent goes to eliminate poverty and hunger right here in Northfield through programs sponsored by the Northfield Community Action Center.


Northfield Shares Grant Application Deadline Approaching!

Nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding from Northfield Shares in 2015 are encouraged to submit their applications soon. The deadline to apply is October 1. Formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, Northfield Shares disbursed over $38,000 in grants in its 2014 cycle.


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.  


September is Recovery Month

By Kathy Sandberg. Robin Williams was an American actor, stand-up comedian, screen writer and movie producer.  His career began in the TV role of Mork (from sitcom Mork and Mindy), an extraterrestrial alien from the planet Ork.  Williams went on to star in TV shows, Broadway performances and in films.  From the early days of a starring role in Good Morning, Vietnam to more than 80 feature films, Williams entertained by drawing laughter from his audiences while also supplying a tender humanness to every story he offered. I am a long-time fan of Williams and in reflecting on the struggles he had, my admiration for him has grown.  I am going to miss Robin Williams.


Hospital expands surgical practice

General surgeon Katya Ericson, MD, is joining Surgical Care Consultants, P.A., a general surgery practice that serves both Northfield Hospital & Clinics and Allina Medical Clinic.

 A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Ericson comes to Northfield from Hennepin County Medical Center, where she recently completed a five-year residency in general surgery. She will work closely with Jose Fulco, MD, and Chris Nielsen, MD.

Dr. Ericson performs a full range of general surgery services, including colonoscopies, upper endoscopies and advanced laparoscopic procedures. She will see patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic and perform surgeries at Northfield Hospital.

“We are delighted to attract a surgeon of Dr. Ericson’s caliber to Northfield Hospital,” said Dr. Fulco.  “She will bring an element of diversity to our practice and provide greater access for patients, especially in the Lakeville and Farmington communities.”


Skateboard Coalition is Just Food Co-op's Community Partner for August

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For the month of August 2014, the Skateboard Coalition will be Just Food Co-op's community partner. What does this mean? It means that if you shop at the co-op, you have the opportunity to round up your total at check-out, and Just Food will donate the difference to the Skateboard Coalition. 

For example, my total today came to $23.19. I rounded up to $24.00, which means that 81¢ will be donated to the Coalition. The more people who round up, the more all of that spare change will add up to. So spread the word and tell everyone to shop at Just Food and round up for the Skateboard Coalition. 


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