Northfield Hospital & Clinics is drawing closer to opening a 5,600-square-foot orthopedic and ear, nose and throat clinic in Faribault.
The Northfield City Council on Tuesday will discuss approving a lease of space by Northfield Hospital & Clinics from Northgate Development Co. LLC at 1980 30th St. NW in Faribault, northeast of Faribault Golf & Country Club.
The 5,610-square-foot space would be where the health system relocates the services from two suites at 1645 Lyndale Ave. N., and is expected to include an imaging room and equipment, furniture and equipment and additional sinks.
Clinic hours are expected to remain the same, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
“Our current team of providers and staff will provide care in the new space,” said Northfield Hospital & Clinics Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Jerry Ehn.
Possible council approval came after the Northfield Hospital & Clinics Board of Directors unanimously recommended approval of the plan April 25.
The health system began operating the orthodontics practice this year and is expecting continued program growth.
“The lack of space in the Faribault Clinic is limiting efforts for efficient operations and growth of the orthopedic and ENT programs,” a summary report states. “The current Faribault clinic was never intended to support an orthopedic clinic. To continue to be successful, the practice requires a facility that meets provider and patient needs. Staying in the same location not only would limit growth, but likely lead to an erosion of the practice.”
According to the report, there is a lack of patient waiting space at the current facility as well as insufficient imaging space and equipment, support staff being separated from clinic space, privacy issues and a lack of exam rooms to grow the practice.
To hospital officials, advantages of the proposed new space include its location, parking, flexibility, growth opportunity, price and support of the health system’s strategic plan.
Pending approval of the lease agreement, the plan is for Northfield Hospital & Clinics to pay $61,710 from July 1 to June 30, 2020. That number is projected to increase to $63,954 the following 12 months before further increasing to $66,198 from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Under the agreement, the hospital could extend the lease for two years along and lease additional space if it becomes available. The agreement includes a possible right of first refusal to purchase the building to match another purchase during the lease and an option to purchase the building for $767,000 at the end of the lease term.
Hospital officials hope to move to the new building in September after imaging equipment installation and remodeling takes place.
Northfield City Manager Ben Martig said based on the hospital’s presentation materials, the move will better serve patients and present better growth opportunities.
Northfield Hospital & Clinics is an entity of the city. Provisions in the City Charter grant the health system’s operational powers. The city maintains authority over real estate transactions.
Northfield City Councilor Jessica Peterson White is on the Hospital Board, and fellow councilor Brad Ness is a council liaison.