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Hutchinson Health Nurse Receives Award

Jen Miller, a registered nurse at Hutchinson Health, was recently recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association with its quarterly “Good Catch for Patient Safety Award.”

The award recognizes hospital staff whose actions help identify a patient safety issue, and prevent patient harm.

In Miller’s case, she was in a team meeting with a hospitalist who mentioned that the plan for a patient was to await a test result before determining future care. Miller questioned whether the test had been ordered and upon further investigation, discovered that it had not. She informed the physician, the test was ordered, and the patient had a good outcome.

“In a situation like this, a staff nurse could assume the physician knew what was happening, and in any case, it was their responsibility,” noted Dr. Steven Mulder, president and CEO of Hutchinson Health. “Jen knew that patient safety is the responsibility of all, and she made it her business to investigate and speak up.”

Miller has more than 15 years of experience as a registered nurse. She has been with Hutchinson Health since 2005, and currently serves in the medical/surgical unit.

“I like taking care of people,” Miller said. “It’s important that when people come into the hospital, they get the care they deserve. I treat them how I would want to be treated.”

Mulder noted that it is an honor to have Miller recognized with this award. “I know many of our staff have the same commitment and would have done the same,” he added.

Hutchinson Health is one of the largest independent health care providers in Minnesota. Services include primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs

February is American Heart Month


Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable.

As you begin your journey to better heart health, remember to take things one step at a time and keep these things in mind:

  • Don’t become overwhelmed. Every step brings you closer to a healthier heart.
  • Don’t go it alone. The journey is more fun when you have company. Ask friends and family to join you.
  • Don’t get discouraged. You may not be able to take all of the steps at one time. Get a good night’s sleep and do what you can tomorrow.
  • Reward yourself. Find fun things to do to decrease your stress. Round up some colleagues for a lunchtime walk, join a singing group, or have a healthy dinner with your family or friends.

Learn more and check out the tip a day provided by the CDC throughout February.

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Looking for a Heart Healthy recipe the whole family will love? Check out this Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Nuggets recipe from EatingWell.

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries or raspberries, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cut in half crosswise
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Mash blackberries (or raspberries), mustard and honey in a small bowl until it looks like a chunky sauce.
  2. Sprinkle chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Place cornmeal in a medium  bowl, add the chicken and toss to coat (discard any leftover cornmeal).
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook the chicken, turning once or twice, until browned and just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes total (thinner nuggets will cook faster than thicker ones). Serve the chicken nuggets with the berry mustard.


Per serving: 184 calories; 5 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono ); 67 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 3 g added sugars; 26 g protein; 2 g fiber; 452 mg sodium; 70 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1                                       Exchanges: 1 starch, 4 lean meat, 1 fat

Tossing chicken tenders with cornmeal gives these chicken nuggets great crunch without deep-frying. Blackberries (or raspberries, if you prefer) combined with whole-grain mustard make for a sweet-and-savory dipping sauce. Serve with: Steamed broccoli and carrots.


Local Connection to Orphan Train

On February 23rd from 2-4 pm Renee Wendinger will speak at the McLeod County Historical Society about our local connection to Orphan Trains. You don’t want to miss this.

Read more about the upcoming events that will expand your reading experience and connect you with others in our community.

Worksite Wellness

The Heart of Hutch worksite wellness challanges will be taking a bit of a break, but that doesn’t mean your worksite should.

Worksites have the opportunity to encourage healthy habits and help prevent health problems such as diabetes, depression, and heart disease. Well-designed worksites keep employees safe and encourage physical activity during the workday.
Take the lead at your worksite and initiate your own challange. Below are some resources to get you started:

CDC Workplace Health Resources List

CDC Workplace Health Promotion

National Healthy Worksite Program