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Flu clinics announced

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic has established specific dates and times for seasonal flu clinics this fall.

In Northfield, flu shots are available by appointment:

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. – noon.
Friday, Oct. 24, 8 a.m. – noon.
Monday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. – Noon.
Monday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 14, 8 a.m. to noon.
Monday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 Call 507-646-1494 and ask for a nurse only appointment.

For dates and times at other FamilyHealth clinics, go to www.familyhealthclinics.org for information for the clinic nearest you.

A flu vaccination is the first and best way to protect against getting this year’s seasonal influenza, according to public health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health are recommending anyone six months or older be vaccinated. Those most at risk for becoming seriously ill from the flu include:

  • people age 65 and older
  • young children
  • pregnant women
  • people with certain health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

Other preventive steps to protect you from the flu are:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Flu clinics announced

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic has established specific dates and times for seasonal flu clinics this fall.

In Lakeville, flu shots are available by appointment:
Monday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m.. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Call 952-469-0500 and ask for a nurse only appointment.

For dates and times at other FamilyHealth clinics, go to www.familyhealthclinics.org for information for the clinic nearest you.

A flu vaccination is the first and best way to protect against getting this year’s seasonal influenza, according to public health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health are recommending anyone six months or older be vaccinated. Those most at risk for becoming seriously ill from the flu include:

  • people age 65 and older
  • young children
  • pregnant women
  • people with certain health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

Other preventive steps to protect you from the flu are:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Flu clinics announced

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic has established specific dates and times for seasonal flu clinics.

Special evening flu clinics will be held at Elko New Market (952-461-5200) Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:30 to 7 p.m. and at Lonsdale (507-744-3245) Thursday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. Call for an appointment.

A flu vaccination is the first and best way to protect against getting this year’s seasonal influenza, according to public health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health are recommending anyone six months or older be vaccinated. Those most at risk for becoming seriously ill from the flu include:

  • people age 65 and older
  • young children
  • pregnant women
  • people with certain health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

Other preventive steps to protect you from the flu are:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Flu clinics announced

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic has established specific dates and times for seasonal flu clinics this fall.

In Farmington, flu shots are available by appointment:
Monday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. – 3:30 P.M.
Monday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 17, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Call 651-460-2300 and ask for a nurse only appointment.

For dates and times at other FamilyHealth clinics, go to www.familyhealthclinics.org for information for the clinic nearest you.

A flu vaccination is the first and best way to protect against getting this year’s seasonal influenza, according to public health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health are recommending anyone six months or older be vaccinated. Those most at risk for becoming seriously ill from the flu include:

  • people age 65 and older
  • young children
  • pregnant women
  • people with certain health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

Other preventive steps to protect you from the flu are:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

 

 

 

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.”

There will be time for questions and conversation with sleep specialists. Continuing education credits are available.

One in four people is at risk for sleep disorders, with 90 percent of those still unidentified. The Sleep Center can help patients uncover their specific barriers to sleep through clinical study.

The informational session is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail to: hjelmgrenk@northfieldhospital.org.

 

 

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. Read more »

Northfield 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.”

    A native of Belarus, Dr. Ericson came to the United States at the age of 20. She knew she wanted to be a practicing physician.  A surgical clinical rotation in medical school convinced her she belonged in the operating room.

  “What attracted me to surgery is that the surgeon not only needs to know how to perform the procedures,” Dr. Ericson said, “but must also manage many conditions both before and after surgery.”

 The challenge and the opportunity to serve fuels Dr. Ericson’s passion for medicine.

“I like medicine because of the impact I can have on a person’s life,” she said. “And I love the
challenges that medicine presents.”

 Dr. Ericson is joining an established general surgery practice that provides around-the-clock surgical support for Northfield Hospital & Clinics. Dr. Fulco has practiced for 22 years, 14 of those in an academic setting. Dr. Nielsen has 18 years of experience and is certified in Critical Care Surgery. 

 

 

Pediatric pulmonology services available in Northfield

Paolo Pianosi, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist from Mayo Clinic, now sees patients at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Northfield.

Dr. Pianosi offers expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and management of children with breathing disorders and lung diseases. His services are provided by Mayo Clinic Outreach.

Kathleen Meier, Clinic Services Administrator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said Dr. Pianosi’s practice expands the scope of services offered by FamilyHealth Medical Clinics.

“He will provide a higher level of service closer to home,” she said. “Our pediatric patients will not have to travel as far to get Mayo Clinic’s expert care.”

Dr. Pianosi earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Following his Pediatrics Internship and Residency at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, he completed a Respirology Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Dr. Pianosi is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Pediatric and Respiratory Medicine and is also certified in Pediatrics and Pediatrics Pulmonology by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Mayo Clinic.

To request an appointment, contact your primary care provider or call 507-646-1494.

 

‘Accordion Night’ at the ballpark

Final Accordion night 2014

Calling all accordionists and concertina players.

   FamilyHealth Medical Clinic of Lonsdale will host “Accordion Night at the Ballpark” Friday, June 20, when the Lonsdale Aces take on the Webster Sox at 7:30 p.m. at Trenda Memorial Park in Lonsdale.

   The event is being billed as the “ultimate squeeze play.” Fans with accordions or concertinas will get in free if they join the accordion choir for a rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch. Bob Pexa and Friends will be providing music throughout the evening.

    There will be give-aways and plenty of health tips provided by FamilyHealth staff. Come join us.

Take precautions when enjoying summer months

Dr. Nick preaches vigilance.

This is the time of year when accidents happen. The sun is out, the snow is gone, and with our long daylight hours, we are back outside working and playing full force. He advises us to stay in the moment and take the necessary precautions to prevent an unscheduled visit to the clinic or the Northfield Hospital Emergency Department.

Nick Krawczyk, MD, a family medicine physician with FamilyHealth Medical Clinic, has seen his share of accidents. Before becoming a physician, he was a paramedic, in the field witness to how lives can become sidetracked from bad timing, distractions or trying to take an ill-advised short-cut.

“I don’t want to squeeze the fun out of our warm weather months and all of the activities we enjoy,” Dr. Nick said, “but I encourage people to take their time and some simple precautions so they can minimize the risks in their work and play.”

Accident prevention starts at home. Here are a few ideas for making your summer safe:

— While doing yard work, resist disabling any of the safety features on your lawn mower, chain saw or power tools.

— Use hearing protection and safety goggles when required.

— When backing out of a driveway, be aware of where the kids are playing.

—- Use car safety seats when you travel, life jackets when you are on the water

— Keep fire arms and ammunition separated and under lock and key

— Make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working

— Keep any substance with a warning label and any choking hazards up high, out of the reach of children.

— Take extra precautions around open fire and provide close supervision of children if celebrating with fireworks.

“Summer is a time to have fun and make memories,” said Dr. Nick. “My hope is by being putting safety first, those memories will be good ones.”

For more information, go to: www.cdc.gov/Injury/

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