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Archives for August 2013

Tips to Ease Stress

Take a look at the tips to ease tension and stress at work and at home.

Tips to Ease Tension and Stress

Causes of Stress at Work

We all have experienced stress at work, but do we understand the causes? Read more below to learn about the causes of stress at work.

Causes of Stress at Work

August Recipes from Eat Smart

corn and tomato Salad

The August food demo featured corn and tomato salad. In case you missed us Saturday or  just need another copy, check out the recipes we put together for you.

August Recipes from Eat Smart

Catch us at the Farmers Market again on September 21st for more ways to make the best of the fresh produce available at the market!

Minnesota’s Top 100 Medical Leaders


Dr. Steve Mulder

Dr. Steve Mulder, President and CEO of Hutchinson Health, was recently selected as one of “Minnesota’s 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders” by Minnesota Physician magazine.

Every four years, Minnesota Physician compiles a list of the 100 most influential health care leaders in Minnesota. The list includes U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen, and other leaders across the spectrum of clinical care, health care policy, research and management. Dr. Mulder and the other honorees were recognized for their leadership and spirit of inspiration.

“While I’m honored to be mentioned in such distinguished company, I know it is the physicians and staff of Hutchinson Health that make all our great work possible,” said Mulder.

A recent recipient of the Patient Safety Leadership Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association, Dr. Mulder is recognized for leading the charge to improve patient safety both within Hutchinson and on a statewide level. He is the immediate past chair of MHA’s Patient Safety Committee where he led several statewide patient safety initiatives, including adverse event calls to action, safe site surgery work, and standardizing overhead emergency pages.

Dr. Mulder is currently working to integrate Hutchinson Area Health Care, a 66-bed hospital, with Hutchinson Medical Center, a private, physician-owned multispecialty clinic with 30 providers. “The integrated organization will be well suited to serve our community in the evolving era of health care reform,” Mulder said.

Seasonal Produce from Loon Organics

Chef Marshall shows us how to utilize fresh, local produce to make a few great dishes kids will love.  Chef Marshall highlights produce from Hutchinson’s own Loon Organics.

 Find out more about Chef Marshall O’Brien and his mission to inspire kids to cook and eat healthy!  And see what Loon Organics is offering and where – check them out here.


Nurses Transform Care

Transforming Care at the Bedside

Transforming Care at the Bedside

Hutchinson Area Health Care is one of 22 Minnesota hospitals participating in an 18-month project called “Transforming Care at the Bedside” or TCAB for short.

“Nurses are invigorated, excited, empowered,” said Sandy Linder. ”TCAB empowers front-line staff to make decisions that will allow them to spend more time at each patient’s bedside.

“This is nursing the way it’s supposed to be,” said Sarah Henschke. “Nurses went into this field because we enjoy caring for patients. Now we have more time to spend with each patient.”

Caring for patients is obviously what nurses do, but the fact is they spend a large chunk of each shift filling out paperwork, hunting down supplies, picking up medication and performing other tasks. The goal of TCAB is to streamline hospital practices to free nurses from these extraneous demands and enable them to focus more on patients’ safety, comfort and overall hospital experience.

To identify areas of potential transformation, nurses engage in “snorkeling” – a lengthy brainstorming session designed to explore methods of improving bedside care in medical surgical units.

TCAB is a quality improvement project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that focuses on empowering nurses to redesign the care they deliver. It helps nurses identify where change is needed, suggest and test potential solutions, and decide whether innovations will be implemented. TCAB has demonstrated impressive results in helping nurses care for their patients

EBT at Hutchinson Farmer’s Market

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A stop at the Hutchinson Farmer’s Market is now easier than ever with the use of your Electronic Benefit Transfer card (EBT).

Worksite Wellness Community Challenge starts September 9th!

We are gearing up for the third worksite wellness challenge that will run for 4 weeks in September. This challenge will focus on encouraging employees to manage stress by participating in STRESS MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES – such as taking time for yourself each day, laughing, taking a walk, or getting adequate amounts of sleep.

Join local businesses in competing against each other for a healthy reward and recognition as business focused on employee health!

Update on Community Wellness Efforts


June 2013 marked the start of year 2 of our partnership with Hutchinson Health and their wellness resources.

Hutchinson National Night Out Tuesday August 6th: Neighborhood Locations

national night outNational Night Out, an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, will be celebrated at more than a dozen locations in Hutchinson on Tuesday, Aug. 6th.  For more information about national night out planning check out The Tips for Planning a National Night Out Party.

The following list of National Night Out parties was compiled by Heart of Hutch and Hutchinson Police Sgt. Eric Kilian. A few other parties are planned but organizers asked that they not be listed here — invitations have been sent out in those neighborhoods 

Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: Blackbird Drive, just west of fairgrounds
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Deanna Schwint at 320-587-2781
Bring along: A dish to pass, beverage and lawn chair. A balloon toss contest is planned.

Who’s invited: Residents on Cleveland Avenue Southwest, Keith Street Southwest, Chicago Avenue Southwest and Sunset Street Southwest
Location: 855/865 Cleveland Ave. S.W.
Time: Potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Bonnie Fimon at 320-587-6962
Bring along: A dish to pass. Organizers will supply plates, napkins, utensils, lemonade, chairs and tables.

Who’s invited: Residents who live in the immediate neighborhood, along Eighth and Ninth streets southwest, Mahogany Court Southwest, Robert Street Southwest and Lakewood Drive Southwest
Location: Eight Street Southwest between Lakewood Drive Southwest and Roberts Street Southwest
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Tami Neubauer at 320-587-3304
Bring along: Lawn chairs, and children should bring their bicycles and tricycles. Root beer floats will be served.

Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: The church is at 450 Fifth Ave. S.W.
Time: 5 to 9 p.m.
Contact: Grace Lutheran at 320-587-3051
Bring along: Nothing; all food will be provided. Many games and prizes.

Who’s invited: Immediate neighborhood residents
Location: 700 block of Graham Street Southwest.
Time: 5 p.m. to whenever the last person goes home.
Contact: Brian Duscher at 320-223-1197, or Tina Drey at 763-221-4529.
Bring along: Something you would like to grill and a dish to share and your own beverage. Activities include air hockey, ping pong, and kids riding their bikes as well as yard games. Neighborhood residents who want to help or provide anything additional should call one of the two contact people.

Who’s invited: People in the Island View Heights association
Location: Gazebo area in the park on Prairie View Drive
Time: Starts at 5:30, potluck dinner served at 6 p.m.
Contact: Betty Braun at bj.braun@mchsi.com or 320-587-3423, or Dave Wieweck at 320-587-8166
Bring along: Bring a dish to pass, and a chair. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.

Who’s invited: Residents of The Meadows
Location: 832 Greensview Court Northwest
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Pat Wittman at 320-234-3553
Bring along: A dish to pass and a lawn chair. Paper plates, utensils, and beverages will be provided.

Who’s invited: Neighborhood residents
Location: Northwoods Park shelter
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Mavis Schwanke at 320-587-2058, or schwanke@hutchtel.net
Bring along: A dish or dessert to pass. Hot dogs, pulled pork and barbecue sandwiches will be furnished. An inflatable bouncer will be on hand, and there will be gifts for kids.

Who’s invited: Residents of Park Towers
Location: Park Towers community room
Time: 3 to 5 p.m.
Contact: Lorri Olson at lolson@hutchtel.net
Bring along: Nothing. John Ternagel will play his accordion from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Hot dogs, beans and chips will be provided.

Who’s invited: Residents of Rolling Oaks Lane
Location: Driveway at 1245 Rolling Oaks
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Tammy Lauer at 320-583-2567
Bring along: A dish to pass and a lawn chair.

Who’s invited: People who live along Second Avenue Southwest from Lynn Road Southwest to Dale Street Southwest
Location: 605 Second Ave. S.W.
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Steve Rick, 320-587-7456
Bring along: An item to pass and a lawn chair. Hot dogs, lemonade, coffee and utensils will be provided. Games are planned.

Who’s invited: Residents living along Southview Drive, Sunset Street Southwest and the surrounding area
Location: Lions Park West
Time: Begins at 6 p.m.
Contact: Donna Baysinger at 320-587-3564
Bring along: A food item to pass.

Who’s invited: Residents of Echo Manor Apartments and Twin Oaks Townhomes
Location: Twin Oaks Townhomes between B and C buildings
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Janice Rannow at Twin Oaks Townhomes at 320-587-7505
Bring along: A dish to share for potluck, and a chair. Lots of games for the kids, and a great chance to get to know your neighbors.

Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: VFW Park
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Hugh Foster at 320-587-5628
Bring along: Nothing. Ice cream cones, orange drink and water will be served, along with entertainment/activities. Plenty of picnic tables for seating.

Valley View Apartments
Who’s invited: Residents of Valley View Apartments
Location: 215 Fourth Ave. N.E.
Time: 4 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Heather Moore at 320-587-7610
Bring along: A lawn chair. Ice cream sundaes, floats and cones will be served by Valley View management. Water activities for kids are planned.