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Hutchinson Health to Study Diabetes


Hutchinson Health and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) are teaming up to conduct a study in Hutchinson to help people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers hope to determine whether diabetes care that uses registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) for medication management may be able to help individuals with diabetes achieve recommendations for healthful lifestyles – and whether doing so will ultimately help them improve their “D5” measures. These five measures are blood glucose, statin use, blood pressure, tobacco use, and aspirin use, and they are a large part of the ongoing care required to manage diabetes. The goal of the study is to determine whether patients who receive education and phone coaching that includes medication management from a RDN with diabetes expertise, in addition to care from their primary ... [Read More...]

Hutchinson Health Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation


Hutchinson Health has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs. Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. In December 2013, the United ... [Read More...]

March Food Shelf Donation

Thank you to Hutchinson Health employees, patients and visitors for donating items for our March McLeod County Food Shelf Drive. We dropped off 451 lbs of food this morning. Our goal of 25% of our donations to be healthy items was blown away! 60% of our 451 lbs was a healthy food option. Wow! We also presented a matching check for $500 to the food shelf. ... [Read More...]

A Step Closer to Better Foot Health

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April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and Hutch Health is ready to help you take a step closer to better foot health. If you’ve ever had a sore foot, you know that impact it can have on your daily activities. Chronic foot pain can cause unnecessary pain and suffering, as well as unwanted lifestyle changes. ... [Read More...]

Communicate Your Intent to Be an Organ Donor

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Are you planning to be an organ donor? Do your loved ones know you’ve made this compassionate, life-saving decision? April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month (NDLM) and it’s a month long celebration of the gift of organ, tissue, and eye donation. ... [Read More...]

March Food Drive


Hutchinson Health's March Food Drive has been so successful we have had to add an extra table. Shout out to our staff and patients/visitors for helping us collect so many items. Let's see if we can double this in the last week of this drive. Bring in items to the Clinic and Hospital entrance. Healthy items encouraged and Hutchinson Health is matching the pounds in dollars up to $500. ... [Read More...]

Wellness Champions at Hutchinson Health


Hutchinson Health Wellness Champions, employees helping employees engage in wellness initiatives, is a new program for us. Wellness champions, Karen Gensmer and Julie Juaire, teamed up to present “From Seed to Table” to HH employees on Monday. Karen provided recipes and a tasting demo on supertators and Julie distributed the seed potatoes. Employee response and participation was amazing! Look for this pair to demo and educate on herbs and spices next month. The Wellness Center area is located in the back of the HH Cafeteria if you would like any additional information. ... [Read More...]

Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness: Ready, Set, Go!

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If you have a child who is preschool age, you’ve likely noticed many preschool/kindergarten enrollment announcements and open houses recently. As you attend open houses, tour facilities, meet staff, and collect a handful of information and forms, keep in mind that you’ll need to have quite a few medical, emergency contact, immunization, and allergy/asthma directives ready at the time you enroll. ... [Read More...]

Visitor Restrictions Enforced Due to Flu throughout Minnesota & Increase in Local Activity

Hutchinson Health Hospital has elected to place Visitor Restrictions for our hospitalized patients due to the widespread influenza throughout Minnesota. Hutchinson Health enforces these restrictions to help keep our patients and staff healthy. If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms like coughing or running nose, please ask for a mask for the health of all our patients and employees. Visitor Restrictions mean that: All visitors with influenza-like illness symptoms may not visit until 24 hours after fever resolves. Spouse/parents/primary caregiver with mild respiratory symptoms must wear a mask. No children under the age of five may visit the hospital. Large groups of visitors are discouraged from congregating. Specific Birth Care procedures for newborns. Thank you for your help in preventing the spread of ... [Read More...]

March is Food Drive Month in McLeod County

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Drop off your donations at the Hutchinson Health Clinic and Hospital. Hutchinson Health will match the weight in cash donation up to $500. Our goal is to try and reach 25% of our donation to be healthy food options. We aim to provide your neighbors with the healthiest food possible.   Here is an expanded list of healthy non-perishable foods you can donate.   Healthy Eating Plate ... [Read More...]