Championship Coach Applauds Team Effort At Fairview

Frank Catani of Hibbing knows a thing or two about teamwork.

The retired Hibbing Community College hockey coach led the college’s Cardinals to eight conference championships, six state championships and two national titles.

So recognizing teamwork is easy for him as he reflects on the medical care he received from Fairview Range Medical Center.

“It is really a total team effort,” Frank says. “The people who are running this team are running it right, and I would recommend it to everyone.”

Whole team approach

Starting with a serious car accident years ago and then an atrial flutter diagnosis, an enlarged prostate and leukemia, Frank, now 76, says every person he has encountered at Fairview has taken good care of him.

Frank’s care team extended beyond Fairview Range when Frank was transferred to University of Minnesota Medical Center for specialized care. Once back in Hibbing, Fairview Range continued to work with Frank’s specialists at the medical center.

“I’ve gotten such good care. If I could shake every single person’s hand who helped me, I think I would,” Frank says. “I think I’ve tried.”

Marks of great teamwork

There are three things that Frank says make the quality of care he’s received from Fairview Range stand out.

“It’s about compassion, professionalism and dedication. Everyone here shows compassion. The nurses take good care of you, and they really take good care of each other and support each other, too.”

Frank says Fairview’s dedication to their patients is clear, both in the staff’s continuing education and in their follow-up care once the patient is home. He’s doing much better now, thanks to his Fairview team.

“If things go bad for me, it’s not going to be because of a lack of effort,” Frank says of the health care professionals at Fairview. “They make me want to take care of myself. I feel like I owe that to them.”

‘Incredible care anybody can get’

Frank is a relatively private man when it comes to his health issues, but he says he felt compelled to share his positive experience with Fairview publicly.

“I don’t want anyone to have concern for me. Everyone has something,” Frank says. “Instead, I want people to be grateful for the hospital that’s here and the incredible care that anybody can get here.”

“I tell everyone that I don’t go here because it’s convenient. I go here because of the care.”

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