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heather hurley-vangerud, of chaska, is back to an active lifestyle, thanks to successful hip replacement surgery and physical therapy at St. Francis Rehabilitative Services, managed by Mike Beckman.
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• The truth about bug-borne illness
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to do
(or knee)
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Boomers stay active
with advanced
joint replacements
Medical advancements have
more baby boomers turning to joint
replacement surgery earlier in life—and
to St. Francis Regional Medical Center
for their care and surgery.
Baby boomers, long-encouraged to
exercise three to five times a week, are
a generation of runners, bikers, golfers
and workout enthusiasts.They’re pushing
the limits of their middle-aged bodies
and filing into our orthopaedists offices
and operating rooms.
David Carlson, M.D., of Orthopedic
Surgical Consultants, P.A., says he’s recently
seen a wave of younger, baby-boomer-age
patients needing replacements.
“Boomers are the first generation that
grew up exercising,” Dr. Carlson says.
“They want to continue to be active.
So if there is pain or an injury keeping
them from being active, boomers want
it fixed.”
Fifteen years ago it was rare to replace
hips and knees in adults younger than
65, but now it is common. Elaborate
knee and hip replacements have become
routine. Dr. Carlson says about half of
his practice is made up of baby boomers.
He adds that the improved materials of
the artificial joint—ceramics, metals and
newer plastics—are especially helpful to
younger patients.
Modern replacements wear better
and provide a safer, longer-term solution
for total hip replacement. The longer a
replacement lasts, the less chance there is
that a patient will need a second surgery
later to replace the replacement joint.
According to Darren Larson, M.D.,
an orthopaedist at Park Nicollet Clinic–
Shakopee, the injuries that most often
cause baby boomers to seek medical care
include cartilage and ligament damage in
knees, hip and knee joint pain, tendonitis,
arthritis, bursitis, and stress fractures.
“The baby boomers and weekend
warriors are managing their injuries
differently than previous generations,”
Dr. Larson says.“And that is great because
most of the time, there’s no reason for
them to stop being active—or to be
in pain. Many of my patients come in
armed with research and Internet information on their injuries and possible
procedures.…Baby boomers are very
savvy health care consumers.”
“Hip replacement, years ago, was
thought of as a massive operation requiring significant length of stay in
the hospital and recovery,” says Robert
Hartman, M.D., of Orthopaedic Consultants, P.A. “With minimally invasive
techniques, new surgical equipment and
higher quality implants, it certainly isn’t
that way anymore.”
Back in action
Patients don’t have to wait long to test
out their new joints. Dr. Hartman says
most of his patients are up and moving
either the afternoon of the surgery or
early the next day.
“Two to three weeks after the surgery,
patients are getting around pretty well
with little assistance. And after eight to
12 weeks, they’re back to their normal
lives,” Dr. Hartman says.
Led by baby boomers, loosely defined as the 78 million Americans born
between 1946 and 1964, sports injuries
have become the No. 2 reason for visits to the doctor’s office nationwide—
behind the common cold—according
to a recent survey by the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.
“We see many athletes in their 40s
and 50s whose activities may have accelerated their arthritis or other joint
problems,” says Mike Beckman, a physical therapist who manages St. Francis
Rehabilitative Services.
“The orthopaedic surgical care at
St. Francis is excellent,” says Nancy
O’Connor, M.D., a family physician at
Allina Medical Clinic. “One patient had
a hip replacement in her 40s because of
osteoarthritis and is so pleased with her
new hip and with her care that she keeps
traveling to St. Francis for care—even
though she has moved from Jordan to
Vadnais Heights. [The] physical and occupational therapists are excellent, [the]
nursing care is compassionate and the
private rooms are beautiful.”
To learn more about joint
replacement surgery, visit
Click on “Find a Doctor,” and in the drop-down menus choose
“Orthopaedics” and then “Shakopee.”
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‘Getting hip’ at 52
Heather Hurley-Vangerud, of Chaska,
is an active 52-year-old: She is a
speech pathologist at Bluff Creek
Elementary School, she teaches
children ice skating at the Chaska
Skate School, she figure skates and
ice dances, and she swims laps three
times a week.
In 2005 hip pain almost drove
Hurley-Vangerud to hang up her
skates for good.
“I had congenital hip dysplasia
and was in a great deal of pain prior
to my surgery,” Hurley-Vangerud says.
“My goal was to return to all the
things I enjoyed doing and to skate
Hurley-Vangerud decided to
have total hip replacement surgery
at St. Francis Regional Medical
“My whole team—Dr. Carlson, the
physical therapists—agreed on my
goals, supported my determination and
pushed me so that I could reach my
goals and return to skating,” HurleyVangerud says.
Three weeks after surgery, HurleyVangerud was swimming laps, and five
months later she was given the OK to
skate again.
“It’s a blessing to be able to be
pain-free and keep teaching children
both in the classroom and on the
ice,” Hurley-Vangerud says. “Getting older doesn’t mean you have to
loose interest in the things you love
Orthopedic Surgical Consultants, P.A. (952) 403-3399
David Carlson, M.D.
Park Nicollet Clinic–Orthopedics (952) 993-7750
Darren Larson, M.D.
Orthopaedic Consultants, P.A. (952) 892-1800
Patrick Ebeling, M.D.
Robert Hartman, M.D.
Neal Johnson, M.D.
Stephen Olmstead, M.D.
Silverman Orthopaedics, PC (952) 920-4333
Lance Silverman, M.D.
St. Francis Rehabilitative Services
(physical, occupational and athletic performance) Shakopee: (952) 403-2001
Chaska: (952) 448-5077
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The right places for your joints
Seek help for
chronic pain
Do your part
to cope with pain
The prospect of coping with pain can
be brighter if you take care of yourself
physically and emotionally.
It’s important to exercise, get
plenty of rest, eat a healthy diet and
keep a positive attitude, the American
Occupational Therapy Association
Also, the more you know about
your pain, the more you may be able
to control it. Consider joining a support group or attending an educational
To learn more, visit our Web site:
Select “Health Library” under
“e-Health Resources.”
Under “Select Another Topic,”
click “Pain.”
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When you stub your toe or cut
your finger, it hurts only for a while.
After an operation, you may feel pain and
discomfort while healing takes place. In
most cases, however, the pain will leave
as your body heals.
These are examples of acute pain.
But sometimes your body becomes an
unwelcome host to pain that doesn’t
go away. Known as chronic pain, it is
harder to resolve than acute pain, but it
should—and can—be treated.
Why it hurts
The causes of chronic pain are many.
Diseases such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis,
multiple sclerosis and AIDS can cause
persistent pain. So can an injury, such
as to the back or the neck (including
whiplash). And sometimes pain is due
to something less obvious, such as tissue
or nerve injury.
No matter what its cause, ­ chronic
pain can take an emotional toll as
well. You may feel angry and depressed and find it hard to go to
work or interact with others.
“If [pain] causes problems with your
daily activities, you need to have it addressed,” says Marsha Stanton, M.S., R.N.,
deputy executive director of the American
Academy of Pain Management and past
president of the American Society for
Pain Management Nursing.
In other words, you shouldn’t try to
tough it out.Tell your doctor about your
pain.Treatment might not make the pain
go away, but it should reduce how much
you have and how often it occurs.
ness or pain. An MRI can expose differences between healthy and diseased
tissues, and x-rays can show problems
with bones and joints.
Your treatment path
Every treatment program has to be designed around the individual, Stanton
says. “It can’t be a cookbook approach.”
Many medicines are available to treat
pain, and if one doesn’t work, another
one may.
Treatment might also involve biofeedback, injections of local anesthet-
Getting started Tell your doctor how Still sore? Consider therapy. You’ll find it
pain affects your life—
under “Our Services” on our Web site.
if it limits your activities or has altered your
sleeping habits, for example.
ics, implantable devices that interrupt
In addition to taking a pain history, pain pathways, spinal cord stimulation
your doctor may perform a neurological or other approaches. Sometimes surgery
exam to test your movement, reflexes, is needed.
balance and coordination.
Seeing a physical, occupational or
Instruments can be used to find which behavioral therapist may also be an
muscles or nerves are affected by weak- option.
o u t d o o r a d v i c e
Wear shades to protect vision
Style and comfort may be fine
reasons to slip on the shades. But there’s
an even better reason to wear them.
Sunglasses can help protect your eyes
from ultraviolet (UV) rays, which over
time can harm vision by causing conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration, according to the American
Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Read more about protecting
yourself from the sun at
Strong light can also cause more
immediate problems, including painful sunburn of the eyes known as snow
So no matter the season or activity,
sunglasses are a must-have when you’re
outdoors. (That advice holds true even
if you wear contact lenses that provide
UV protection.)
When buying sunglasses, check the
label for lenses that block at least 99 percent of UV rays.The label might also say
“UV absorption up to 400 nm,” which
means about the same thing, according
to the AAO.
Sunglasses should be dark
enough to reduce glare, though
not so dark that you can’t see
traffic lights properly, advises the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Also, choose a close-fitting style or
frames that wrap around your temples.
This will help reduce the amount of
light that enters from the side.
Chill out during hot days
by immersing him or her in cool water,
placing him or her in a shower or spraying
with a garden hose.You may also sponge
with cold water or, if the humidity is low,
wrap the person in a cool, wet sheet and
fan vigorously. Offer cool, nonalcoholic
liquids to drink.
Heat exhaustion, though less severe
than heatstroke, can still be dangerous
and needs to be treated.
A person with heat exhaustion will
need to rest in a cool, preferably airconditioned place. A cool shower, bath
or sponge bath can help. Offer cool,
nonalcoholic drinks.
Medical attention is needed if symptoms of heat exhaustion get worse or last
longer than one hour.
Be on the lookout for these symptoms of heat illnesses
Signs of Heatstroke
 Body temp­
er­ature of 104
degrees or more.
 Red, hot and
dry skin.
 A rapid, strong
 Throbbing
 Nausea.
 Dizziness.
 Mental
signs of Heat exhaustion
 Seizures.
 Loss of
 Heavy sweating.
 Paleness.
 Muscle cramps.
 Fatigue.
 Weakness.
 Dizziness.
 Headache.
 Fainting.
 Nausea or
 Cool, moist
 Fast and weak
 Fast and shallow breathing.
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Summertime,with its extreme
heat, can be a dangerous time of year for
getting overheated.
Two common heat-related illnesses
are heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
Heatstroke is a medical emergency.
It can damage the heart, lungs, kidneys,
liver and brain, reports the U.S. Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.The
condition can be caused by dehydration,
exposure to extreme outdoor heat or by
staying in hot, poorly ventilated rooms
during a heat wave.
Heatstroke can cause extreme increases in body temperature in as little
as 10 to 15 minutes. Call 911 if a person
shows signs of heatstroke.
Until help arrives, cool the person
St. Francis foundation
Save the date
Mark your calendars for these exciting events.
To learn about donations, sponsorships and more,
contact Joan Fawcett at [email protected]
or (952) 403-2072.
Tee One for Hope
Thursday, June 21, 9 a.m.
Stonebrooke Golf Club, Shakopee
Come celebrate the first day of summer and the
longest day of the year at the 10th Annual St. Francis
Foundation Tee One for Hope Golf Tournament.
All proceeds benefit cancer care at St. Francis
Regional Medical Center, where patients and their
families receive the full spectrum of cancer care—
screening, diagnosis, treatment, support, research
and education.
Through the support of generous sponsors,
players and donors, last year’s charity golf tournament
was sold out and raised a record $60,000 (including
in-kind donations).
Thank you for your past participation and
support—we look forward to seeing you again this
year! For more information, call the new St. Francis
Foundation Golf Line at (952) 403-GOLF (4653).
Glitz & glam
St. Francis Foundation’s 21st annual gala
Saturday, Oct. 27
Oak Ridge Hotel and
Conference Destination, Chaska
Back by popular demand, the Foundation is proud
to announce it is returning to Oak Ridge Hotel
and Conference Destination in Chaska for its 21st
annual gala. The November 2006 event was a huge
success. More than 350 guests had a spectacular time
while raising more than $120,000 (including in-kind
donations) to support the healing environment of
compassionate care at St. Francis.
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The annual Foundation gala will be at the Oak Ridge Hotel on
Saturday, October 27.
Philanthropy in action
Recent gifts to our communities
The St. Francis Foundation brings philanthropic dollars to
life to improve the health of the communities it serves.
The Foundation recently awarded St. Mary’s Health
Clinic with a $12,000 grant to provide health care services
to low-income, uninsured children, families and individuals
at its Shakopee Valley Clinic. By providing access to
necessary health care services, St. Mary’s Health Clinic
helps improve community health and contributes to a
better quality of life.
The Foundation also supported Prior Lake–Savage
area school’s WellFit program with a $500 grant. During
a six-week period, the WellFit fitness challenge registered
500 students and 300 adults in a healthy living program.
To apply for a community grant, * contact Joan Fawcett
at (952) 403-2072 or [email protected] or visit
*Community grant funding is restricted to nonprofit organizations that have a
501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and serve residents in Scott, Carver and Western
Dakota counties.
Funding focus for 2007
The St. Francis Foundation is pleased to announce its
2007 community grant funding priorities:
n Behavioral health
n Heart-healthy living
n Health care access
n Childhood obesity
n Enhancing multicultural
n Insurance access
P a t i e n t m e d i t a t i o n r o o m
A place to renew the spirit
Thanks to hundreds of donors at the 2006 Foundation
gala, patients and their families will have a new meditation
room at St. Francis on the second floor of Care South.
In keeping with the healing philosophy of St. Francis,
the intimate room will be available for all patients and
family members to heal their spirits and meditate in a
multi­denominational setting.
Located in the patient-care area, the room will offer a
warm and welcoming environment and a quiet, peaceful place
for reflection. One focal point of the room will be a wall
of cascading water passing over an eternal light, filling the
room with the calming sound of softly running water.
Together with the main floor chapel, the meditation
room will support our mission to heal the body, mind
and spirit.
Skin changes
may be a sign
of cancer
Are you taking your skin for
granted? Maybe it’s time to pay attention
to your body’s biggest organ.
About half of all cancers involve the
skin, reports the American Cancer Society. Of these, melanoma is the most
Melanoma accounts for about 4 percent of all skin cancers but about
77 percent of all skin cancer deaths, according to the American Academy of
Dermatology (AAD).
it’s more likely to occur on the lower
Are you at risk?
According to the American Academy
of Family Physicians and other experts,
your risk goes up if:
n You or anyone in your family has had
cancerous moles or a melanoma.
n You have many moles larger than a
pencil eraser.
n You have more than 50 moles of any
n You had a bad sunburn that caused
Melanoma starts in the cells that give blisters when you were a child.
color to your skin. Unlike most other skin n You have light-colored skin that
burns or freckles
easily. Melanoma is
Take our melanoma risk assessment at
less common in peo­ Select
ple with dark skin.
“Health Assessments” in the Fast Finder. n You have spent a
significant amount
cancers, it can spread rapidly throughout of time in parts of the country that
the body.
­receive large amounts of ultraviolet
If melanoma is caught early, however, radiation from the sun. For example,
it can be successfully treated about 95 ­melanoma is more common in Texas
percent of the time with surgery, ac- than in Minnesota, where the sun isn’t
cording to the AAD.
as strong.
While anyone can get melanoma, it’s n You are accustomed to using tanning
more common with age.
booths or sunlamps.
Melanoma can occur anywhere on n You have a weakened immune system,
the body. Men most often see it on their perhaps because of HIV infection or the
backs, chests or stomachs; for women, use of certain medications.
Talk to your doctor about any mole that bleeds, grows
quickly or itches. A scaly growth or a sandpaper-rough spot
on your skin should also be checked out.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology,
melanomas are often:
n Asymmetrical—one half looks different from the other.
n Surrounded by uneven or blurry borders.
n Colored with mixed shades of tan, brown, black, red,
blue or white.
n Larger than a pencil eraser.
n Raised above the skin with a rough surface.
If you notice that one of your moles has changed or if
you see a new mole that looks different from the others,
visit your doctor right away.
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Check skin regularly for possible signs of melanoma
Tips for coping with stress
If you and your doctor think stress could be behind your
health problems—or if you’d like to prevent problems
before they occur—there are steps you can take.
Paul J. Rosch, M.D., president of the American Institute of Stress (AIS), recommends making a list of the
people, events and situations that you find stressful and
then dividing it into two categories: things you can’t avoid
or control, and things you can influence or change.
Try not to worry about things out of your control. But
devote your time to those where you can make a difference. If, for example, you’re too busy, set realistic goals
for yourself and learn to say no.
To change stressful situations, consider these tips from
Dr. Rosch, the AIS and other experts:
Prepare, as well as you can, for things that may be
Deal with one thing at a time.
Turn negatives into positives. For instance, if you’re
stuck in traffic, use the time to listen to a favorite
book on tape.
Do things you enjoy.
Exercise, eat well and get plenty of rest. Avoid alcohol. It only masks the causes of stress.
It may take time to find which strategies work best.
Learn ways to help handle life’s many pressures
If you stack heavy books on a carton of eggs, you’ll
quickly learn an important lesson: There’s only so much stress
things can take before there are consequences.
It’s a bit less obvious—and a lot less messy—but the same
principle applies to stress and your body.When you’re under
too much, consequences can result.
You can’t avoid stress altogether. But there are strategies
for dealing with it.
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A unique perspective
Precisely defining stress isn’t easy.
“Stress is different for each of us,” says Paul J. Rosch, M.D.,
president of the American Institute of Stress. “Things that
are distressful for some people are pleasurable for others or,
alternatively, have no significance in either direction.”
To a certain extent, some stress is helpful. It may spur you
to accomplish things or push you to get out of the way of a
speeding car, for instance.
Generally, however, stress is considered bad when it causes
ongoing tension or leaves you feeling out of control. That
can result from everyday demands, such as a difficult job or
a hectic lifestyle, or from events such as a divorce or a fender
bender. Even things normally considered positive, such as
getting a promotion, can be stressful.
Ultimately, if you don’t deal with the stress, it can affect
your health.
Click on “Health Assessments” in the Fast Finder
at to check your risk
for depression and drinking problems.
Stress can be linked to a number of health problems
“It’s hard to think of any illness in
which stress cannot play a significant
causative or aggravating role,” says
Paul J. Rosch, M.D., president of the
American Institute of Stress.
For some, the illnesses are serious—such as heart disease. For others,
the impact may be less severe, but
troubling nevertheless.
According to the American Academy
of Family Physicians, some stressrelated health problems include:
 Anxiety.  Back pain.  Depression.
 Insomnia.  Upset stomach.  Weight
loss or gain.
How to remove
attached ticks
Some bugs are fascinating—a
­butter­fly approaching a blossom or a
cricket chirping in the garden.
Others are just plain annoying—ants
that form a conga line around spilled
sugar at a picnic, or gnats that swarm
about your face.
But other insects can do more than bug
you: They can literally make you sick.
Trouble with ticks
Two common tick-borne infections
are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain
spotted fever.
Lyme disease is spread by the bite of
an infected deer tick or western blacklegged tick. Symptoms can include a red
rash at the site of the bite, sometimes
enlarging to a bull’s-eye shape, as well as
flulike symptoms of fever, headache, stiff
neck, body aches and fatigue. Without
antibiotic treatment, you’re at risk for
arthritis, meningitis (inflammation of the
membrane around the brain and spinal
cord) and even heart problems.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is
spread mainly by American dog and
Rocky Mountain wood ticks. Early
symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting,
muscle pain and severe headache. Later,
it can cause abdominal pain, joint pain,
diarrhea and a rash. The disease can be
treated with antibiotics. But its symptoms are often severe, usually requiring
hospitalization, and it can be fatal.
Maladies from mosquitoes
In this country, mosquito bites mainly
cause itching. But bites can sometimes
transmit viruses that attack the nervous
system, causing meningitis, encephalitis
(inflammation in the brain) and poliomyelitis (inflammation in the spinal cord).
Antibiotics do not help, and the virus
simply has to run its course. Only the
symptoms can be treated, usually in a
West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes that have bitten infected birds.
Most people have no reaction to this
infection. However, about 20 percent of
those infected develop West Nile fever,
with its accompanying headache, fatigue
and body aches. Less than 1 percent of
people infected develop the more severe
diseases, characterized by headache, high
fever, stiff neck, coma and tremors.
To avoid ticks:  Walk in the center of trails in grassy woodland areas.
 Tuck your pants into your socks.  Wear
long-sleeved shirts.  Spray clothing or
skin with repellent that contains DEET.
 Check your body for ticks after nature walks.
To avoid mosquitoes:  Use repellents containing DEET, picaridin or oil
of lemon eucalyptus.  Stay indoors at
dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are
most active.  Remove standing water
(where mosquitoes breed).  Change
water in birdbaths regularly.
Safety becomes an even bigger priority when kids are out of school. To
learn how you can have an emergency-free vacation, click on “Summer
Safety” in the Fast Finder at
Most people’s reaction to finding
a tick embedded in their skin
goes something like this: “GET
That’s completely understandable. Ticks can transmit diseases
such as Rocky Mountain spotted
fever and Lyme disease, and the
sooner you remove them, the less
likely you are to be infected.
But there are good reasons
to remove a tick slowly and with
Ticks can carry a number of
infectious organisms inside their
bodies. These organisms can
come spilling out if you squeeze
too hard while pulling on a tick.
And if you jerk or twist the tick
too much, its body might break
off, while leaving parts of its
mouth stuck under your skin.
So once you find a tick on
your skin, grab some tweezers
Grasp the tick as close
to your skin’s surface as
Pull it straight out with
steady pressure.
Apply an antiseptic or rubbing alcohol to the bite.
Wash your hands with soap
and water.
Drop the tick into a plastic
bag, write the date on it and put
it in your freezer. Your doctor
might want to look at it if you
later become ill.
Sources: American College of Physicians;
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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New faces in
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Roger Aviles, M.D., has joined
the pediatricians at Park Nicollet
and started seeing patients in
Dr. Aviles began
his pediatrics
practice in 2003
in Springfield,
Ohio. He graduRoger ated summa
Aviles, M.D.
cum laude from
Universidad Autonoma de Ciencias Medicas in San
Jose, Costa Rica, and completed his
residency in pediatric and adolescent medicine at the Mayo Clinic in
Dr. Aviles is board-certified by
the American Board of Pediatrics,
and he speaks Spanish and Italian.
He provides primary care pediatrics
with special interests in asthma,
autoimmune rheumatoid illnesses,
and medical education.
To schedule an appointment with
Dr. Aviles, call Park Nicollet Clinic–
Shakopee at (952) 993-7750.
You have access to many
physician specialists at
St. Francis, and we’re
fortunate to have excellent
doctors on campus. For
more information about our
physicians, call the ‘Ask
St. Francis’ information line
at (952) 403-2000.
Brian Drew, M.D., otolaryngology,
has joined Craig Nystrom, M.D., and
Thomas Ayre,
M.D., in the
Specialty Clinic–
Dr. Drew is a
graduate of the
University of
Minnesota Medical School and
Brian Drew, M.D.
completed his
residency at Case
Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he also did a postdoctoral
To schedule an appointment with
Dr. Drew, call the St. Francis Specialty
Clinic at (952) 403-2600.
Erik Johanson, M.D., joined the
family medicine physicians at Park
Nicollet Clinic–
Shakopee in
June 2006. He
is a graduate of
the University of
Minnesota Medical School. He
completed the
Duluth Family
Erik Johanson,
Practice ResiM.D.
dency Program
in 1997 and
began his professional practice at
Lakeview Clinic in Norwood.
Dr. Johanson is board-certified
by the American Board of Family
Medicine. Dr. Johanson provides a
broad spectrum of family medicine
services, and he has a special interest
in orthopedics.
To schedule an appointment with
Dr. Johanson, call Park Nicollet
Clinic–Shakopee at (952) 993-7750.
Steven H. Lutzwick, M.D.,
has joined the Medical Staff at
St. Francis
Regional Medical Center to
provide psychiatric services.
Dr. Lutzwick
most recently
served as the
Medical DirecSteven H.
tor of BehavLutzwick, M.D.
ioral Health
Services for
the Aspen Medical Group. He
completed medical school at the
University of South Dakota and his
residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He
is board-certified by the American
Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Appointments can be scheduled
by calling (952) 403-2563.
How to reach us
Visit our Web site, www.stfrancis– or, or e-mail us at [email protected].
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Services, and Allina Hospitals & Clinics.
Richard Nordvold, Board Chair
Lori Peterson, Interim President
William Maus, M.D., Chief of Staff
Lori Manske, Editor
Karen Cook, Assistant Editor
Contributors: Theresa Johnson, Molly
Johnson, Gina Swanson. Cover photo by Rita
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Find your
Health Partner
At St. Francis we value the contributions of our physician and clinic partners, not only as
providers of quality health care, but as community and organizational leaders. Recognizing the need for strong medical services in this rapidly growing area, they have committed to meeting that growth with added resources and services. For more information on
our physicians or clinics, call the ‘Ask St. Francis’ information line at (952) 403-2000.
Allina Medical Clinic
Shakopee. . . . . . . . (952) 403-3535
n Family medicine
n Internal medicine
n Nephrology
n Podiatric medicine and surgery
n Obstetrics/gynecology
Crossroads Medical Clinic
Shakopee. . . . . . . . (952) 496-6700
Chaska. . . . . . . . . . (952) 448-2050
Prior Lake . . . . . . . (952) 447-1700
n Family medicine
Jonathan Clinic
Chaska. . . . . . . . . . (952) 448-3500
n Family medicine
Kidney Specialists of Minnesota. . . . . . . . (612) 823-8001
Metropolitan Pediatric Specialists, P.A.
Shakopee. . . . . . . . (952) 445-6700
Minneapolis Cardiology Associates
Shakopee. . . . . . . . (952) 403-2099
Minneapolis Heart Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . (952) 403-2099
Orthopedic Surgical Consultants, P.A.
Shakopee. . . . . . . . (952) 403-3399
Park Nicollet Clinic
Shakopee and
Prior Lake . . . . . . . (952) 993-7750
n Allergy
n Cardiology surgery
n Endocrinology
n Family medicine
n Obstetrics/gynecology
n Ophthalmology
n Orthopaedic surgery
n Otolaryngology
n Pediatrics
n Physical medicine
n Podiatry
n Pulmonology
n Urology
n Vascular surgery
St. Francis Specialty Care Clinic
Shakopee and
Chaska. . . . . . . . . . (952) 403-2600
Advanced Dermatology
(952) 915-6000
Behavioral Health Services
(952) 403-2563
Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates
(651) 312-1700
HCMC Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation
(952) 403-2600
Metro Urology
(763) 383-8870
Minneapolis Children’s
Heart Clinic
(612) 813-8800
Minneapolis Clinic of Children’s Neurology
(952) 403-2600
Minneapolis Otolaryngology
(952) 920-4595
MN Gastroenterology, P.A.
(612) 870-5412
Orthopaedic Consultants, P.A.
(952) 892-1800
Silverman Orthopaedics, P.C.
(952) 920-4333
St. Francis Breast Center
(952) 403-2700
St. Francis Sleep
Diagnostics Center
(952) 403-2800
Surgical Specialties, LTD
(952) 224-9350
Urologic Physicians
(952) 920-7660
St. Francis Emergency
Department. . . . . . . (952) 403-2200
n Suburban Emergency Associates
St. Francis Cancer
Center . . . . . . . . . . (952) 403-2031
Radiation Oncology
(952) 403-2031
Valley Family Practice
Chaska. . . . . . . . . . (952) 448-3303
n Family medicine
In-hospital physicians
n Pathology
n Radiology
n Anesthesiology
partners inhealth
General Information . . . . . (952) 403-3000
‘Ask St. Francis’. . . . . . . . (952) 403-2000
St. Francis Urgent Care, Shakopee. . . . . . . . . . . . (952) 403-2111
Monday through Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.
Weekends, 1 to 10 p.m.
St. Francis Urgent Care,
Chaska. . . . . . . . . . . . . . (952) 361-3999
Monday through Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.
Weekends, 1 to 8 p.m.
Diagnostic Services . . . . . (952) 403-2150
Family Birth Place . . . . . . (952) 403-2062
Capable Kids Pediatric
Rehabilitation Center. . . . . (952) 403-3980
St. Francis Cancer Center. . (952) 403-2031
St. Francis Foundation. . . . (952) 403-2068
St. Francis Pediatrics . . . . (952) 403-3360
St. Francis Physical, Occupational and
Speech Therapy
Shakopee. . . . . . . . . . . . (952) 403-2001
Chaska. . . . . . . . . . . . . (952) 448-5077
St. Francis Specialty Care Clinic
and Breast Center
Shakopee. . . . . . . . . . . . (952) 403-2600
St. Francis Specialty Care Clinic
Chaska. . . . . . . . . . . . . (952) 361-3990
TDD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (952) 403-2257
c h i l D B i R t h claSSeS
childbirth and Parenting Preparation
Call Medformation at 1-800877-7878 or (51) 97-3333 to
register for prenatal classes or go
to and click on
“Be Healthy.” Dates and times
subject to change.
new Parent connection Meets weekly
This class is co-sponsored by ECFE
and is designed for children up to
4 months of age. It is a great way
to learn more about parenting while
being supported by parents going
through the same things you are.
Small talk class
Meets twice a year
This is a sign language class
for babies that hear. This class
will help you and your baby/
toddler understand each other
and decrease frustration.
choice of four 3-hour weekly classes or fi ve ½-hour weekly classes Focuses on preparation for labor,
birth and early parenthood. Plan to
attend classes during the last three
months of pregnancy and complete
about one month before due date.
Weekend express available Friday evenings and Saturdays
all about Babies Meets every month
Two-night class or weekend express
class designed for new parents
to relieve some of the anxiety
expectant parents, grandparents
or adoptive parents experience.
Refresher childbirth
and Parenting
offered every other month One-night class for parents who
have taken a childbirth preparation
class within the last three years.
new Brother/new Sister
Meets every other month, except June A one-night class designed to help
children ages 2 to 8 prepare for the
birth of a sibling. All participants
should bring a doll or stuffed
animal to class.
Breastfeeding Preparation Meets once a month One-night class offering helpful
hints to prepare for breastfeeding.
healthy Pregnancy Meets every other month
One-night class providing important information about the development of babies and how to make
pregnancy easier and more fulfilling.
Women’s connection
infant and child cPR Meets every four to six weeks, except June
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
is an important first aid skill for
helping an infant or young child
who is choking or has stopped
breathing. This course does not
qualify you for CPR certification.
Prenatal yoga Six weekly classes Women who exercise their minds
and bodies during pregnancy
have an increased feeling of wellbeing and heal more readily after
the baby is born.
yoga Bonding
Six weekly classes
This class incorporates fitness, fun
and togetherness. While baby enjoys
“baby kisses,” “airplane rides” and
other poses, moms and/or caregivers enjoy a more physical workout.
SuPPoRt gRouPS
emergency Medicine Services education/cPR
vaginal Birth after cesarean Meets every other month
Designed for women (and their
partners) who have had previous
cesarean births and are considering
a vaginal birth. This class should
be taken in addition to Refresher
Childbirth and Parenting during
the last two to three months of
car Seat Safety Meets once a month
This class helps the expectant or
new parent learn about car seat
safety. Car seat not necessary for
class. U-Care members covered.
For information and to register
for EMS/CPR classes, call (1) 775-9.
low vision Support group
Meets the second thursday of every month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For
information, call (95) 403-00. grief Support group
Meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m.
For more information, call (95) 403-00. Smoking cessation
If you’re ready to stop smoking, call
1-888-354-Plan (75).
hoW to FinD uS
partners inhealth
Valley Fair
1455 St. Francis Avenue
To Belle Plaine
Shakopee, MN 55379
Mystic Lake
child loss Support group
This group offers hope and
provides support, education
and resources to those who
have experienced the death of a
child. Call the ‘Ask St. Francis’
line at (95) 403-000 for more
infant loss Support group
Meets the fi rst tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information, call
(95) 403-00.
Diabetes Support group
Meets the fi rst Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
Monthly information and group
support for those with diabetes.
For more information, call Bonnie
Epple, R.N., at (95) 403-339.
heart Support group
Meets the fi rst tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.
For people who have been
diagnosed with heart disease.
For more information, call
(95) 403-080.
For class cancellations, tune into Wcco tv channel 4 or Wcco Radio 830 or go to
or Nonprofit Org.
U.S. Postage
1455 St. Francis Ave.
Shakopee, MN 55379-3380
St. Francis
Urgent Care
Meets the fourth Monday of each month (note: May and December meets the third Monday) at 7 p.m. Support for women with cancer.
Call Marti Auringer at (95) 403-700 for more information.
The American Cancer Society’s
Look Good...Feel Better representatives will be on hand during each meeting. Call 1-800acS-345 to sign up for Look
Good...Feel Better.
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