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2015-2016 New Year’s Holiday Hours

The following non-patient care areas will be closed at 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 31 and all day Friday, January 1:

  • Hutchinson Health Clinic
  • Dassel Clinic
  • Ortho and Rehab Clinic
  • Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
  • Oncology Clinic

Hutchinson Health Clinic Urgent Care will be open from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 2

View our Normal Clinic Hours

Winter Tip #4 from Dr. Zhi Halbach

Winter Tip #4 from Dr. Zhi Halbach, Family Medicine Physician, Hutchinson Health.
Young children, older adults, and those with chronic health problems are especially vulnerable to cold weather. Please remember to check on family and neighbors during this winter season.

Candace boy shoveling snow standing


Winter Tips from Dr. Zhi Halbach

Zhi Halbach, DO, a family medicine provider at Hutchinson Health, has some winter tips for our cold weather season.

“Frostbite often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. At the first signs of redness or pain, in any skin area, if possible get out of the cold. Protecting any exposed skin with hats, gloves and mittens is the best way to avoid frostbite.”

With the holidays upon us Candace boy with hatfocuses on how to stay healthy.

Contrary to common beliefs, cold weather does not cause colds or flu! But when people are in close contact with each other, the viruses that cause colds and flu will spread easier. Frequent hand washing and sneezing or coughing into the bend of the elbow may help reduce the spread of colds and flu.

Hutchinson Health’s Nutrition Video

Check out Hutchinson Health’s latest video that focuses on Nutrition for students but applies to all

age groups.  We partnered with the Hutchinson School District to provide a video that applies

to our active kids that are always on the go.  Trying to help them find healthy alternatives so that

Better Fuel = Better Performance.

Please feel free to share with anyone!  Sports teams, Band or Choir groups.


Toys For Kids Drive 2015

Hutchinson Health was provided with 150 wishes for children in McLeod County who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the excitement of receiving Christmas gifts and YOU provided! Hutchinson Health delivered 8 ½ large and very filled boxes of 150 (+) gifts to the toy drive. Thank you all so much for your participation!
A very heartfelt thank you to all who participated in this year’s 2015 McLeod County Social Services Toys for Kids Drive! Without YOU this would not be possible.

Thank you so much!
gifts for kids 2015


Hutchinson Health Proud to Have a Chad Greenway Locker

Chad Greenway Locker ribbon cutting ceremony,  at Hutchinson Health in October,  is highlighted in this  NFL Network video. The video focuses on Chad himself, his Foundation and career. Chad is a nominee for the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year.  This interview is a glimpse in to what Chad’s mission is for Minnesota and our patients. Please vote for Chad on all social media platforms by using the #GreenwayWPMOYCHALLENGE

He is well deserving of this award.

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Our top 20 Eat, Move, Connect gift ideas for 2015. 

It’s not a coincidence that most of these gifts are perfect for Hutchinson, but they work well in other places too.  Happy Holidays from our hearts to yours.

  1. Snowshoes or cross country skis
  2. Fat bikes
  3. Canoeing with the Cree (2016’s One Book, One Community book choice) or other books
  4. Paddleboard or kayak
  5. Yoga classes
  6. Musical instrument
  7. CSA membership
  8. Ice skates or rollerblades
  9. Healthy cookbooks
  10. Activity trackers
  11. Discs for disc golf
  12. Gym membership
  13. Art supplies
  14. Massage certificates
  15. Learning magazine subscription
  16. State park pass
  17. New family hobbies (camping, kite flying, sewing)
  18. Gardening supplies
  19. Family games (yard Yahtzee, Giant Jenga, board games)
  20. Experience gifts (concert, museum, movie, bowling or zoo passes)


Hutchinson Health Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Hutchinson Health today announced it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Hutchinson Health was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 Annual Report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia, surgical care, VTE, and Immunization. Hutchinson Health is one of 1,043 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

·         Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

·         Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

·         Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Hutchinson Health for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Hutchinson Health is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Steve Mulder, MD, president and CEO, Hutchinson Health. Hutchinson Health is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff,” said Dr. Mulder.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

Thank you Laurie Thompson

Laurie Thompson, from Brownton, spends her time kitting and crocheting hats for Hutchinson Health’s newborn babies and cancer patients. She loves to “pay it forward” and spread her gift to people. She is pictured here with the last 6 months labor of love. Laurie gets a genuine sense of reward sharing her talent with people, that would appreciate a ” little color in their lives.” The newborn caps are super soft and cozy. The caps intended for our cancer patients even have some bling to dazzle them up.
She makes the caps in bright colors to bring a ray of sunshine into people’s lives. Thank you Laurie for your generous donation of time and talent.

Laurie Thompson knitted hats for patients

Back to the Basics

The Hutchinson Leader recently did a story on Park Elementary’s improvements with their school lunch program.  Thank you, Hutchinson Public Schools, for continuing to make the effort to improve quality food (and learning) for our students.
We support the move towards meals made from scratch, but know these changes can be even more effective if parents, grandparents and caregivers are incorporating more fruits and veggies, healthier substitutes and more meals made from scratch.