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Hutchinson Health Welcomes Two New Physicians

Dr. Kathleen Byron and Dr. Jalayna Smith are glad to call Hutchinson home, but both are quite familiar with this area already.

If Dr. Byron’s name sounds a little familiar, it is! Dr. David Byron is Dr. Kathleen Byron’s uncle. With family ties here in Hutchinson, Dr. Kathleen Byron is settling right in. She and her husband Josh have found a home north of town on 20 acres of land where they plan to enjoy a hobby farm of chickens, goats, and vegetable gardens. She also enjoys yoga, running, and biking.

Dr. Kathleen Byron, MD, is a family physician with a special interest in Obstetrics, Women’s Health, and Dermatology. Dr. Byron loves holistic medicine and working with people of all ages. She is particularly adept at providing care for families going through difficult situations. “Working at Hutchinson Health will allow me to get to know my patients and follow their needs closely, so I can offer care and support when they need it most.”

Dr. Jalayna Smith, MD, born and raised in Litchfield, MN, is also excited to be close to family. Dr. Smith and her husband Dan recently welcomed their first child, Charlotte into their lives. They moved into their new home in Hutchinson and are happy with the enthusiastic welcome so many have extended. Feel free to give them a wave when you see them out for a walk with their yellow lab, Bella.

Dr. Smith is a family physician with special interest in Preventive Medicine, Obstetrics, and Infants & Children. She loves caring for her patients through all stages of life, and considers it most rewarding to be able to deliver infants and then continue to see them and their families throughout the years. “The most rewarding part of my job is helping patients be healthy and feel good! Whether it’s treating an acute illness or helping prevent or manage chronic disease, I enjoy working together with patients to help them feel their best.”

Dr. Byron and Dr. Smith met while completing their residency at United Family Medicine in St. Paul. We’re not so sure it’s a coincidence they both felt Hutchinson Health felt like the best fit. Their exuberant outlook on healthcare and life in general, is a perfect match as we work toward Advancing Health With Our Community.

What You Need to Know About Shingles

remple2104Shingles is a painful rash caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox.  The virus can remain dormant in a nerve root, but when reactivated, it causes shingles.

The Shingles Vaccine

The shingles vaccine is approved for adults age 50 and older.  It is recommended by the CDC for adults age 60 and over.  Even if you have previously had shingles, you could get shingles again and are eligible for the vaccine.

The vaccine reduces the risk of shingles, but is not fool-proof.  Even if it fails to prevent the condition, it may help to decrease the severity and duration of symptoms.  The vaccine is given as a single injection in the upper arm.

The most common side effects are localized inflammation and headaches.  People who are immune-suppressed or taking immunosuppressive drugs should not get the vaccine.  Also, those allergic to neomycin, those with an active tuberculosis infection and pregnant women should not be vaccinated.

Nature’s Bounty

The Hutchinson Farmers Market is still loaded with a bounty of fresh, local produce and other goodies.  If you haven’t been to the market this season, there is still plenty of time left and even plenty more to choose from.

Heart of Hutch will have one more Food Tasting on Saturday, October 18th from 8-12pm.  Sample one of these recipe ideas from September with your family this week.

September Farmers Market Recipes

In the meantime, to get a feel of the what’s been happening at the Farmers Market this year, check out this video.  Better yet, stop by and see, taste and smell for yourself!  See you at the market!


Flu Shot Clinic Dates in October


Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 from 8:30-12 & 1-4 at Dassel Clinic

Hutchinson Health Clinic

Thursday, October 9th from 8:00-4:30
Saturday, October 25th from 8:30-11:30

Hutchinson Health’s vaccine is one of the only quadravalent vaccines in the area. Which means it covers all 4 strains of the virus.

Vaccinations available:

  • Flushot
  • FluMist (limited quantity)  ages 2-49
  • Pediatric Flu Vaccine (ages 6 month-35 months)
  • High Dose (ages 65 and older)
  • Flucelvax (egg free)  18 years or older

No need to wait for the clinics….walk-ins welcome, appointments appreciated.  320-234-3290.

Flu Shot Clinics

Wednesday, October 8th from 8:30-12 and 1:00-4:00 at Dassel Clinic Hutchinson Health Clinic

Thursday, October 9th from 8:00-4:30shutterstock_102066457
Saturday, October 25th from 8:30-11:30

Vaccinations available:

  • Flushot
  • FluMist (limited quantity)  ages 2-49
  • Pediatric Flu Vaccine (ages 6 month-35 months)
  • High Dose (ages 65 and older)
  • Flucelvax (egg free)  18 years or older

Our vaccine is quadravalent (4 strains).

Click here for more information from the CDC

New Family Physician Joins Hutchinson Health

Dr. Kathleen ByronHutchinson Health’s newest family physician, Dr. Kathleen Byron, is devoted to comprehensive care for people of all ages.

“I chose to specialize in family medicine because it allows me to provide holistic care to patients throughout all stages of life,” Byron said. “I love getting to know patients and caring for families as they grow.”

Byron earned a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency through Allina Health’s United Family Medicine Residency program. Her education also included participation in the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) at the Mayo Clinic Health System and at the Owatonna Hospital, with completion of a nine-month rotation of full-breadth family medicine.

“As a physician, I feel privileged to care for patients through both difficult and joyous times in their lives,” Byron said. “I enjoy partnering with patients to develop attainable treatment plans that promote well-being.”

In addition to diagnosing and treating illnesses, Byron also provides preventative care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, and screening tests. She has a special interest in obstetrics, women’s health care, pediatrics, and integrated medicine, with extensive experience in dermatology and skin issues.

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.

Employee Flu Shot Dates

Flu clinic announcement

Colors of Fall

The best spot to view the fall colors is right between the trees! 

New Family Physician Joins Hutchinson Health

Hutchinson Health is excited to welcome Jalayna Smith, MD  to our staff.  She will be accepting appointments after September 15th, 2014.

New Family Physician

Jalayna Smith, MD

Dr. Jalayna Smith is a Litchfield native that now resides in Hutchinson with her husband Dan and daughter Charlotte. Dr. Smith’s professional interests include prenatal care and delivery, pediatrics, women’s health, treating skin conditions, procedures and preventative medicine.”The most rewarding part of my job is helping patients be healthy and feel good! Whether it’s helping treat an acute illness or helping prevent or treat a chronic disease, I enjoy working together with patients to help them feel their best.  I also find caring for pregnant women, delivering babies, and then watching them grow, to be one of the favorite aspects of my profession.”

New Urologist coming to Hutchinson Health Clinic

Andrew Windsperger, MD, is a new Urology provider from Adult and Pediatric Urology, PA, that will be seeing patients at the Hutchinson Health Clinic. awindsperger As one of the only physicians in the state to specialize in reconstructive urology, Dr. Windsperger brings new treatment options to Central Minnesota.  Dr. Windsperger’s unique training enables him to treat conditions such as Peyronie’s disease, urethral stricture, erectile dysfunction, hypospadias, complications from prostate cancer treatment and other male genitalia disorders.