Hutchinson Health Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Hutchinson Health today announced it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Hutchinson Health was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 Annual Report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia, surgical care, VTE, and Immunization. Hutchinson Health is one of 1,043 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction. The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, ... [Read More...]

Thank you Laurie Thompson

Laurie Thompson, from Brownton, spends her time kitting and crocheting hats for Hutchinson Health's newborn babies and cancer patients. She loves to "pay it forward" and spread her gift to people. She is pictured here with the last 6 months labor of love. Laurie gets a genuine sense of reward sharing her talent with people, that would appreciate a " little color in their lives." The newborn caps are super soft and cozy. The caps intended for our cancer patients even have some bling to dazzle them up. She makes the caps in bright colors to bring a ray of sunshine into people's lives. Thank you Laurie for your generous donation of time and talent. ... [Read More...]

Flu Season is Here

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Welcome to our New Psychiatrist

Adnan Ahmed, MD Psychiatry

We are pleased to introduce Dr. Adnan Ahmed, Hutchinson Health's new psychiatrist. As one of six psychiatrists on staff at Hutchinson Health, Dr. Ahmed will primarily see adult patients at Hutchinson Health Mental Health Clinic. With Dr. Ahmed joining our team of professionals, Hutchinson Health continues to focus on provider options and long-term patient relationships built on trust. Hutchinson Health Mental Health Clinic provides both outpatient and inpatient services. Dr. Ahmed joins us from the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Mayo Health System in Mankato, MN. I believe in providing team-based comprehensive care to patients. I try to accomplish that by collaborating closely with my patients’ other providers and/or loved ones. Dr. Ahmed is ready to see patients at Hutchinson Health. “I believe in providing ... [Read More...]

“Chad’s Locker” Now at Hutchinson Health


On Tuesday, October 20th, Chad Greenway brought his "Chad's Locker" program to Hutchinson Health. His Lead the Way Foundation whose mission it is to "enrich the lives of individuals and families in need", is sure to make a difference for future patients at Hutchinson Health. "Chad's Locker" will provide an array of notebook computers, iPads, movies, toys, and games for children and families experiencing various lengths of stays at Hutchinson Health. It's a program that dates back to 2012, when Chad launched the first one, which you can read about here. The program was brought to Hutchinson Health, thanks in part to local youth advocate Chad Harlander who runs the REACH program at the Hutchinson High School. Writer, Lindsey Young published an article on "Minnesota Vikings’ Greenway Unveils 7th ‘Chad’s Locker’ at ... [Read More...]

Hutchinson Health Announces New Telemedicine Service


Hutchinson Health is pleased to announce a new service for patients. Beginning November 3, 2015, Dr. Virk will begin seeing patients though Telemedicine. This new service is added to provide a continuum of care and more options for our patients. What is telemedicine? The American Telemedicine Association defines telemedicine as: the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. In simpler terms, Dr. Virk will continue to see her patients through a secure, private video conferencing connection. Patients will continue to come to the Mental Health Clinic where they will be greeted by our scheduling staff. A nurse will meet with the patient and review medications, history, and obtain vital signs (blood pressure, weight, etc.). Patients will be ... [Read More...]

Luce Line Trail Brings Flurry of Activity to Area

Residents of Hutchinson and across the state of Minnesota are enjoying the miles of newly paved Luce Line Trail that connects Hutchinson with the metro area. Runners, bikers, walkers, and more are using the Luce Line Trail around Hutchinson more than ever. Take a stroll outside of Hutchinson and you're likely to encounter a flurry of activity on the trail. The weather is perfect, and with Hutchinson being designated a bike-friendly community, people are taking note of the value of such a regional asset. The Star Tribune published an article, "Section by section, Luce Line trail dream realized" highlighting local people passionate about the Luce Line project and what it will mean for our community for years to come. Dr. Mulder was interviewed for the article, adding "“Having paved trails makes that easier and more inviting for ... [Read More...]

An Awareness and Early Detection Plan for Breast Cancer

BreastCancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time to make an early detection plan and build awareness in families and communities. As with many cancers, there are risk factors some of which are avoidable and others that cannot be changed. The more informed and prepared you are, the better your chances of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. Genetic Factors There are some genetic factors that increase your risk of breast cancer such as gender, age, race, and family history. For more information about genetic risk factors, read “Breast Cancer Risk Factors that Cannot be Changed”. Avoidable  Risk Factors There are some behavioral risk factors you can control such as diet and exercise. For more environmental and lifestyle risk factors, read “Avoidable Risk Factors”. Early Detection Plan The American Cancer Society published ... [Read More...]

Hutchinson Health Receives WHITE Ribbon from The MDH

Hutchinson Health received a WHITE Ribbon level from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for the FluSafe program.  Hutchinson Health participates in this program which encourages health care organizations to vaccinate as many employees as possible.  There were 79% of our employees that were vaccinated for the 2014-2015 season. Participating in this program represents the high level of commitment we have at Hutchinson Health , in regard to patient safety and quality   assurance. Getting vaccinated is the first step in  protecting against getting the flu. ... [Read More...]

Hutchinson Health Employees Attend Customer Service Workshop

Hutchinson Health employees recently attended a Customer Service Training. The goal of Hutchinson Health is to provide our patients with the best possible care experience every time. Our customer service is built on a foundation of respect and compassion for our patients, customers, and fellow co-workers. The workshop was  interactive and stressed communicating with each department and area.  Recent hero stories of employees that went above and beyond their role in the organization was inspiring. ... [Read More...]