NH+C consolidates clinic services


SEPTEMBER 19, 2023 – Northfield Hospital + Clinics is consolidating its Lonsdale Clinic practice with the Northfield and Lakeville clinics.

The Lonsdale Clinic will relocate services in November. November 17 will be the last clinic day. Patients can continue to see their same providers in NH+C’s Northfield or Lakeville clinics.

This does not affect other clinic operations at NH+C.

Patients are being notified directly. If you are a patient of the clinic and you have questions, call Nicole Strusz-Mueller, Director of Clinics, at 507-646-1003.

“We’re confident that we can serve the Lonsdale community well with our Northfield and Lakeville clinics, our two Urgent Cares, and all hospital services,” says NH+C President & CEO Steve Underdahl. “We’re committed to making this a smooth transition for patients.”

Primary care provider Gregory Randall, MD will see patients in the Lakeville Clinic.

OB/GYN specialist Deb Suppes, MD will see patients in the Women’s Health Center on the Northfield Hospital campus. Dr. Suppes continues to perform surgeries at Northfield Hospital, and deliver babies at the Birth Center.

Jane Carlson, APRN, CNP will see patients in the Lakeville Clinic.

NH+C plans to sell the building at 103 15th Avenue Southeast in Lonsdale.

The consolidation is part of an overall review of services at NH+C to ensure the organization can serve the community for generations to come. NH+C – like healthcare organizations across the state – faces significant challenges. NH+C lost several million dollars in 2022 as expenses significantly outpaced revenue from services.

This is one step to address the gap between revenue and expenses. NH+C Administrators and Board expect to complete their review of service lines and take any further actions by yearend. No other adjustments to clinic services are planned.

NH+C’s Administration and Board consider several criteria as they analyze service lines: finances, mission, and commitment to serving local communities.

Healthcare organizations across the U.S. are under serious pressure from four converging trends: worker shortages; increased costs; flat payments; imbalance of government and private payors. Similar actions are occurring across the state and around the country.

“An organization can’t sustain ongoing heavy losses and continue to operate effectively,” Underdahl says. “We do need to make sound business decisions so we can continue to thrive into the next generation.”

NH+C opened its Lonsdale Clinic in 2005.