Community Update, December 2018
As we continue this season of giving and thanks, our team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont would like to express our gratitude to all of the communities we serve for your generosity, partnership and support. We’ve experienced another great year, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our patients, staff members and communities. We look forward to our ongoing commitment to bringing the best health care to southern Minnesota and northern Iowa in 2019.
Below is a snapshot of what’s been taking place with Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.
- Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont is excited to offer a new program called Stepping On. Stepping On is aimed at reducing falls and building confidence in older adults. This seven-week program is specifically for those who are at risk of falling, have a fear of falling or who have fallen more than once. Classes will be held on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. in the hospital main classroom Feb. 8–March 22. Participants will learn to identify and remove or avoid fall hazards in their homes and outside; how vision, hearing, medication and footwear affect your risk of falling; the best strength and balance exercises for their personal needs and fitness level; and how to get back on their feet the right way if they fall. A $10 fee is charged to cover cost of the instructional booklet. To register, call 507-238-8101.
- We want to extend a special thank you to the Fairmont Community Hospital Foundation for launching a fundraiser to benefit the new Lutz Cancer Center.
- Mayo Clinic Health System was honored to donate $25,000 to Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in support of its capital campaign. A special check presentation was held Dec. 17.
- The Mini Magic Gymnastics program promotes health and wellness, and we are proud to serve as a Platinum Sponsor of the program. Good luck, and we hope you have a successful season!
- We were glad to give a $1,000 gift to support Heaven’s Table Food Shelf during the busy holiday season.
Growth and Services
- We’re beginning construction in January 2019 on our $1.7 million project to relocate Oncology and Infusion Therapy to the current Lutz Wing. This will help us to improve patient experience and allow for adequate space and privacy, as well as meet the current and growing demand for cancer services in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.
- Cathleen LaLonde, Ph.D., recently joined Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont and began seeing behavioral health patients Dec. 3. A Clinical Psychologist, Dr. LaLonde’s primary professional focus is the emotional and mental health of patients. This includes many areas of behavioral health service, such as anxiety, depression, trauma work, women’s health and mood or emotional symptoms related to chronic health conditions.
- Kevin Dirksen, nurse practitioner, Hospital Medicine, recently joined Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont and began seeing patients October of this year. As a hospitalist, Dirksen’s primary professional focus is the medical care of hospitalized patients. His duties include patient care, education and research.
- Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont opened its new Urgent Care on Friday, Nov. 2. Urgent Care, which is located inside the clinic on the medical center campus, covers treatment of allergies, bladder infections, ear and eye infections, strep throat and rashes, minor medical treatment for back and muscle pain, cuts, low-grade burns, ear aches, skin conditions, sprains, joint pain and upper respiratory infections. Urgent Care treats patients of all ages. In addition to Urgent Care, Express Care online remains available through Mayo Clinic’s Patient Online Services portal as a convenient, online care option for 14 common conditions for patients ages 18 months through 75 years.
-Marie Morris, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont
-Amy Long, administrator, Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont
Contact Amy Long at 507-238-5070 with any comments or questions.