Dozens stop by Nucleus for annual fall wine, salad and chocolate event

Dozens of people stopped by Nucleus Clinic Oct. 25 for a casual evening sharing stories and enjoying food and wine and nibbling on chocolate delicacies.

Patti Hanson (foreground, holding iPad) describes to a Nucleus Clinic open house visitor the benefits of incorporating electronic health records for clients of the non-profit clinic located in Coon Rapids. Photo by Sue Austreng

Patti Hanson (foreground, holding iPad) describes to a Nucleus Clinic open house visitor the benefits of incorporating electronic health records for clients of the non-profit clinic located in Coon Rapids. Photo by Sue Austreng

Chair massages were offered, door prizes were awarded and a silent auction was under way.

The event was the clinic’s annual fall wine, salad and chocolate open house and benefit, but conversation and treats were not the only items on the menu.

Those who stopped by the clinic’s open house also learned about the non-profit’s latest development in the services it provides.

“You have 17,000 visits in one year and you run on a $230,000 budget each year. I don’t know of any other organization that provides that amount of service for those little dollars,” Sunny Ainley, associate dean of the college of continuing health education at Normandale Community College, said to those gathered at Nucleus that evening.

Ainley then described the electronic health records system that she and her students are implementing at Nucleus Clinic, the only independent non-profit reproductive health clinic in the northern metro area.

“This will provide lower costs and better accessibility – this will be such a great addition to help with the great work done here,” Ainley said.

Normandale is partnering with Nucleus Clinic and implementing the electronic health records system as part of its federal recovery act grant dollars, money that is intended for use in training people to set up health information technology, according to Ainley.

Normandale HIT (health information technology) students intern at Nucleus to help implement the program.

Normandale HIT graduate Patti Hanson, a resident of Coon Rapids, is leading the effort at Nucleus Clinic.

“I met Becky (Fink, executive director of Nucleus Clinic) last year at this open house and now I’m helping implement electronic health records here… I’m so happy to be able to do this,” Hanson said.

“This place is so valuable and they do such great work here. I’m just so happy to be able to help out.”

Nucleus Clinic, located at 1323 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, is a non-profit clinic specializing in reproductive and sexual health and education, and has been in service to the men and women of Anoka County since 1971.

“We cannot not have this clinic here,” Fink said.

“It’s the only reproductive health clinic in all of Anoka County, but we couldn’t do what we do here without lots of community partners.”

“We are so grateful to those partners – to all of you – for all you do to help us provide these services.”

To learn more about Nucleus Clinic, visit www.nucleusclinic.org or call 763-755-5300.

Film

Becky Fink, executive director of Nucleus Clinic, invites the community to attend a complimentary showing of “Misrepresentation,” a film about the challenges of the female population, challenges they face and must overcome “in order to be whole and productive in society,” Fink said.

The one-hour film will be shown at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in partnership with the sexual assault action team of Anoka County.

The film will be followed by a discussion.
“This film will open your eyes to the challenges of the female population and the challenges our children are facing. The conversation that follows will help you know how you can help to equalize society,” Fink said.


Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com


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