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...]

Dr. Thomas Nelson gets Fantastic Reviews from Local Dentist

Dr. John Gillard is a dentist here in Hutchinson, so his normal role is not being the patient, but John knew hip replacement surgery was something he was going to have to consider after steroid shots stopped handling his pain. John's first goal was that he wanted an experienced physician and the second goal was, if possible, to have a minimally invasive procedure. In retrospect, he is very pleased to have found both with Dr. Thomas Nelson, Orthoapedic Surgeon at Hutchinson Health Orthoapedic and Rehab Clinic. Dr. Nelson joined Hutchinson Health in 2014 from Twin Cities Orthopedics. His specialty is shoulders, hips and knee surgery with minimally invasive procedures, which essentially means less of an incision. The smaller incisions mean the recovery process is quicker, hopefully less pain and hence a faster return to the activities that ... [Read More...]

Shout out to our Hutchinson Health’s Hero’s Pat, Jen and John

Shout out to our Hutchinson Health’s Hero’s Pat, Jen and John It isn’t often that our Information Technology (IT) department directly influences patient care. Last week along with the nursing staff our IT department enabled a patient who was hospitalized to at least view his child’s wedding. He was very anxious about missing the big day and thanks to a converted Conference Room, that had temporary skype capabilities, he was able to see some of the ceremony. The nursing staff arranged the care he needed to be mobile and he didn’t miss the big day. This group effort allowed him to receive the care he needed as well as take part in the festivities. Thanks to the whole team for helping out with this situation. ... [Read More...]

October is SIDS Awareness Month


Nearly 3,400 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. Most of these deaths result from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month to 1 year of age. SIDS is the term used to describe the unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the infant’s and family’s clinical histories. Although there is no known way to prevent SIDS completely, there are ways to reduce the risk by modifying several factors. The Safe to Sleep® campaign (formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign) aims to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers ... [Read More...]

Hutchinson Health OB BirthCare Nurses and Staff are Exceptional

Hutchinson Health's OB Nurses have over 200 years of combined experience between them! They are exceptional nurses who create a warm and caring atmosphere. Thank you to them all!! Our providers and BirthCare nurses and staff are also  all Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certified. Delivering healthy babies is our goal but take comfort in knowing we are prepared should your infant need additional care and support. ... [Read More...]

Every Day Flu Clinics for your Convenience

Anytime Flu Shot Clinics! No appointment needed. Every Day Clinics for your convenience. Some tidbits about our vaccines: All of our flu vaccines are single dose, preservative (thimerosal and mercury) free products. We have offered these preservative free products the past 8 years. Here are some facts about each of the different versions we are offering: • Regular (Fluarix/Fluzone) vaccine is for ages 3 and over • High dose vaccine will be offered for those age 65 and over • Intranasal (FluMist) is indicated for ages 2-49, when available • An egg-free, antibiotic-free and preservative free product (Flublok) will be available again this year for those concerned with egg sensitivities or allergies. • New for 2015 will be a limited supply of a needle-less injection product (an air-push method of vaccinating – for those who have ... [Read More...]

What is the Safest Sleep Position for Infants?

Safe Sleep for Your Baby Infographic

Hutchinson Health pediatricians recommend all infants follow the guidelines for a safe sleep environment. To reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), that means placing baby on her back for sleep time. Dr. Leah Willson, one of Hutchinson Health’s pediatricians, has seen a dramatic drop in SIDS deaths since babies began sleeping on their backs. She says, “Nationwide, the incidence of SIDS has dropped over 50% by just by changing babies’ sleep position. It is important for a baby to have plenty of tummy time while awake, but for sleeping, the back should be the rule.” Anyone who cares for your baby needs to follow these recommendations—many SIDS deaths now happen when babies are cared for by grandparents or other caregivers who are not aware of the newer safe sleep guidelines. Discuss any questions you have about your baby’s ... [Read More...]

Get Your Flu Vaccine at Hutchinson Health


The flu vaccine is your best defense against contracting the flu. The flu vaccine can be given in shot and mist form. Hutchinson Health has flu shots and mist will be available soon. It is advisable you and your family be vaccinated for the flu as soon as possible. To get your flu vaccine at Hutchinson Health, simply stop at the front desk. No appointment needed. The seasonal flu, commonly referred to as “the flu” or “influenza”, is a respiratory illness that is contagious and caused by flu viruses. People spread the flu virus from one another, and it typically results in mild to severe illness in the person who contracts the flu virus. In some instances, the flu can lead to serious illness or even death. The flu can be a serious health concern for young children, elderly, and people with chronic health conditions, making them more ... [Read More...]

Hutchinson Health Dassel Clinic Scores High

HUTCHINSON HEALTH DASSEL CLINIC RECOGNIZED FOR IMPROVING CARE DELIVERY AND PATIENT OUTCOMES Minnesota Bridges to Excellence rewards Hutchinson Health Dassel Clinic for excellence in treatment of patients with vascular care. Dassel, Minn. (August 25, 2015) – The Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) announced that Hutchinson Health Dassel Clinic is among 437 Minnesota and border state clinics that were recently recognized for delivering optimal care and achieving optimal care measures or improving specific patient outcomes as part of the 2015 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System, a State of Minnesota pay-for-performance program that is administered by The Action Group. A complete list of reward recipients can be found here. Hutchinson Health Dassel Clinic was recognized ... [Read More...]