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Rotary Cogwheel | 02.28.2013

March 1, 2013

Today: Alan Anderson Classification (Wolf)

Birthdays: James Schlichting (2/25)

Next Week: Christine Curtis, the new Director of Community Corrections (Matt Rich)

Last Week:

Hospice programs are dedicated to preserving quality of life for those in end-of-life care.

A team of professionals and volunteers ministers to the patient and the family, creating space for them to do the important work during that sacred time.

“We can’t always add days,” said Kathy Blomquist, the new director of Northfield Hospice & Home Care at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “But we can add quality.”

Fresh out of nursing school, an early job-shadowing experience drew Kathy into hospice work. She observed a nurse arrange a fishing excursion for a 14-year old who was dying of bone cancer. That extra effort left an impression. Kathy has dedicated her career to hospice and home care work and found it an instructive life experience.

“We’re taught on a daily basis what is important and what isn’t,” Kathy said.

She calls hospice one of Northfield’s best kept secrets. Northfield Hospice provides services in a number of settings. They see patients in homes, in the hospital and in facilities such as Reflections at Three Links Care Center. Medicare and most major insurance plans have a hospice benefit that covers nursing care, home health aide services, medication and equipment.

Most people, Kathy said, wish they had entered the hospice program sooner than later. Hospice services help people avoid the chaos of repeat visits to emergency room runs. They also provide important support for the family.

Northfield Hospice services do not end at the funeral. They offer a bereavement program for surviving family members that follows the family for a full year after a loved one’s death.

To gain a better understanding of hospice services, Kathy suggests a book titled: “Gone From My Sight” by Barbara Karnes.

Mini Classification:
Scott Richardson gave a fascinating talk about his life and times. He claims he is just a small town kid with big city dreams. After spending the past 35 years in Northfield, he is living his dream.

He grew up in Plainview, Minn., home to the Jon Hassler Theater. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and came to Northfield in 1976 to work at the Northfield News. He is still a storyteller of sorts, working at Northfield Hospital & Clinics in marketing and community relations.

He and his wife, Pat, have three grown kids, five grandchildren, four of whom live in town. She is a family therapist in private practice.

They both have a lot of affection for Northfield. Scott says he loves the

Imagination that is nurtured here and the intellectual rigor that challenges him to do his best work every day. He also appreciates the energy and depth of leadership he has found in Rotary.

Guests: Exchange students Adnan, Diatou, Rachel and Cindy; Marty Rath (Stull) and David Rod (Lawlor).

Scholarship Enhancement: The Exchange Students with assists from Greg Carlson and Matt Hillmann.

Announcements:
— Queen Jane announced the confluence of her marriage to Michael Gunderson last weekend with the observance of a half century of fun and ironic cultural commentary, according to Jane. Congratulations on both.

— Rotary members are invited to attend the District Conference in St. Paul April 19 and 20. We are allotted four voting members at the conclave. You could be one of them.

— Board members are still seeking feedback on the United Methodist Church venue as they contemplate moving our regular meetings to a location with more seating. Now is the time to register your opinion.

Coming Up:

Mar. 14 – Tate Running Classification Talk (Don Robertson)

Mar. 21 – Exchange student Hsin-Yuan (Cindy) Wang from Taiwan (Blake Abdella)

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