Hospital breaks ground for new clinic

Editor's note: Our thanks go to City Councilor and professional photographer Scott Davis of Stone Cottage Photography, who provided photos from Tuesday's groundbreaking. Click on the photo to see a few additional shots, or click here to go to his studio site and see a whole gallery of photos.

Northfield Hospital broke ground Tuesday on an 18,600 square foot medical clinic that will provide space for the Women’s Health Center and an expansion of physician services provided by Cannon Valley Clinic -- Mayo Health System.

The new clinic, called FamilyHealth Medical Clinic -- Northfield, will be attached to the northwest corner of the hospital. It will provide space for the Women’s Health Center and the departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery and Ear, Nose and Throat.

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic Northfield is the third of four medical clinics the hospital is developing. A primary care clinic opened in Lonsdale in November of 2005, and a clinic in Farmington is scheduled to open in early 2007. The clinic on the hospital campus will open in the late spring, and a fourth clinic is scheduled for Lakeville next year.

The hospital’s clinic development is designed to broaden its patient base and enhance its ability to attract more specialty practices, which will ultimately allow Northfield residents to find more advanced medical care close to home. The physician practice for FamilyHealth Medical Clinic -- Northfield will get a head start on the building project. Beginning in September, physicians will begin seeing patients at a temporary location, at 710 Division Street in Northfield. They will move their practice to the new clinic facility now under construction on the hospital’s main campus when it is completed some time next year.

Jami Reister, MD, and Mary Ann Scheid, MD, family practice physicians; Randolph J. Reister, MD, and Kyah Naing, MD, internal medicine specialists; and Gregory Jones, MD, an ear, nose and throat specialist, will staff the clinic under a professional services agreement with Cannon Valley Clinic -- Mayo Health System. Ken Bank, CEO and president of Northfield Hospital, said opening this practice in combination with the clinic construction is a big step towards achieving the hospital’s goal of creating an integrated healthcare campus “We’ve always envisioned having both clinic and hospital services on the same campus,” said Bank. “Starting this practice will accelerate our ability to make that a reality.”

Scott Richardson is the communications director at Northfield Hospital.