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:



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.”

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Welcom to Lakeville Dr. Alice Mann

Dr. Alice Mann joins FamilyHealth

 Alice Mann, MD, a Family Medicine physician, has joined FamilyHealth Medical Clinic, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

Beginning January 27, Dr. Mann will see a full range of patients at FamilyHealth’s Lakeville clinic. Her physician services are provided by Mayo Clinic Health System.

Dr. Mann is board certified in Family Medicine. She received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and performed her residency with Mayo Clinic Health System in LaCrosse, Wis. She has a special interest in women’s health, geriatrics, pediatric and adolescent care, management of chronic diseases, and sports medicine

Dr. Mann says she went into medicine to make a difference in the lives of people. A solid relationship built on trust and mutual respect is the foundation of good medical care, she says.

International health is one of her passions. She has spent time providing medical care in under-served populations around the world.

FamilyHealth Medical Clinic provides both primary and specialty healthcare through partnerships with a variety of premier providers. Specialties include pediatrics; orthopedics; OB/GYN; ear, nose and throat; and general surgery. It also offers Urgent Care at its Lakeville clinic.

For an appointment with Dr. Mann, call FamilyHealth Medical Clinic at 952-469-0500.

Hospital to open urgent care in Lakeville

Northfield Hospital & Clinics is bringing urgent care to Lakeville.

Beginning October 15, urgent care providers will be available to see walk-in patients at Urgent Care Lakeville, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, at the corner of Jacquard and County Road 70. Hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. No appointments are necessary.

The new “urgent care” clinic services will be located side-by-side with the existing primary and specialty care clinics already in place at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic. Urgent Care Lakeville will be staffed by physicians who have backgrounds and experience in emergency medicine, which will be a benefit to diagnoses and to referrals, if they are necessary.

“We think the urgent care model meets a community need,” said Kathleen Meier, Division Administrator for Clinic Services. “Patients often can’t anticipate their need for medical care. This will give them an important option when the need is now.”

Urgent care is defined as the delivery of ambulatory medical care outside of a hospital emergency department on an unscheduled, walk-in basis. The scope of service is greater than that of a retail minute clinic, but more cost-effective and timely than a visit to a hospital emergency department.

Urgent care medical services are similar to those of a primary care clinic, but available even when your regular primary care provider is not. Urgent care is equipped with radiology and laboratory services. Procedure rooms allow for treatment of minor and moderate-severity lacerations

Urgent care is not designed as a replacement for developing a relationship with a primary care provider, Meier said. An urgent care center is a convenient option when someone’s regular physician is on vacation or unable to offer a timely appointment. Or, when illness strikes outside of regular office hours, urgent care offers an alternative to waiting for hours in a hospital Emergency Room.

In addition to urgent care, Northfield Hospital & Clinics also offers primary and specialty care at its clinic. Specialists include OB/GYNs, ENT, and orthopedics. For an appointment with any of these clinicians, call 952-469-0500.

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