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Hutchinson, MN 2015 :  Hutchinson Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.


Hutchinson Health  underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in November, 2014. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.


The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.


“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Hutchinson Health for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”


“Hutchinson Health is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Dr. Steven Mulder, President and CEO of Hutchinson Health. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”


The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.mulder

Multiple Sclerosis Activity Support Group


An exercise group for those with MS, focusing on strength, flexibility, balance, and cognition.
8 sessions per month, Mondays and Wednesdays. Led by therapy professionals. $60 per month. Call 320-484-4400 ext 7116 for registration and information.

Meet the Author

William%20Kent%20KruegerExclusive Brunch With the Author Event

Enjoy food and conversation with William Kent Krueger being held prior to the Meet the Author event. Tickets for the brunch go on sale at 10:00am Monday morning at the Hutchinson Public Library. To obtain these tickets you will need to act fast as only 35 tickets will be sold for this exclusory opportunity!  Event ticket is $25 and includes egg bake, fruit, rolls, juice and coffee.

The much anticipated One Book One Community Meet the Author event will be held at the Hutchinson Event Center at 2:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Get your book signed by William Kent Krueger. You won’t want to miss it!

Preceding the Meet the Author event, connect with others by participating in the March 22nd One Book One Community Book discussion. Readers will narrate excerpts from Ordinary Grace highlighting key topics addressed in the book followed by group discussions. 

 Ordinary Grace
Break down of upcoming One Book One Community events:
March 22nd, 2:00pm One Book One Community Book Discussion, Hutchinson Public Library
April 19th, 11:00am Brunch with the Author for exclusive ticket holders, Village Cooperative of Hutchinson
April 19th, 2:00pm One Book One Community Meet the Author Event, Hutchinson Event Center

“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.” -excerpt from Ordinary Grace




Outdoor Fitness Park Coming This Summer!

Getting fresh air, working your body, doing it with others, all at no cost. Keep reading if this sounds good to you!                       

The Heart of Hutch has teamed with Hutchinson Health, Hutchinson Rotary, America’s Fitness Center, and the City of Hutchinson to bring you a new and exciting opportunity… an outdoor fitness park! We are happy to announce that Rotary Park will be home to this new fitness park which is slated to be installed later this spring.

Unsure of trying something new or what a fitness park can do for you? No worries, our friends at America’s Fitness Center will conduct on site introductory classes on ways to utilize the new fitness equipment. So stayed tuned. More info on these classes will be coming!

Here’s a sneak peek for what’s to come!

Outdoor Fitness