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Archives for April 2015

Hutchinson Jaycee Bike and Board Bonanza May 16th, 2015

Come to the 2015 Bike and Board Bonanza! Located at the Tartan Terrain Park, the Bike and Board Bonanza is a great opportunity to get your kids a new bike helmet for only $5.00 and receive a safety check on their bicycle. Kids can ride on the terrain park features with help from members of the Hutchinson High School Mountain Bike Team and members of the Hutchinson Area Mountain Bike Association.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 am.

Bike helmets are provided by Hutchinson Health and Hutchinson Jaycees.

The rain location will be at the Hutchinson Farmers Market in the old Depot.Bike and Blade Bonanza

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 19th-25th

The Hutchinson Health Laboratory (which has 2 locations, one in the clinic and one in the hospital) employs Clinical Laboratory Scientists, Clinical Laboratory Technicians, Phlebotomists, and Medical Assistants. The Laboratory itself is Joint Commission Accredited and offers testing in the areas of Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Bank, Coagulation, Urinalysis, and Microbiology. Hutchinson Health is proud of our lab employees and all they accomplish!


Thank You OBOC Readers!

Thank you to community participants, Heart of Hutch volunteers, and partner organizations for making this year’s One Book One Community book read program a success!  And a very special thank you to Ordinary Grace author, William Kent Krueger for coming to Hutchinson and sharing your personal and professional stories.

We will begin planning 2016’s OBOC program.  If you have book suggestions or would like to get involved with this program of Connect Wholeheartedly, please enter below.

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April is Occupational Therapy Month

What is Occupational Therapy? according to the American Occupational Therapy Association:

“In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes” – See more at: http://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy.aspx…

At Hutchinson Health, we have occupational therapists that specialize in working with the smallest of our clients, children birth through teen years with various sensory, feeding, developmental and behavioral concerns, in our child-friendly specialty clinic, Pediatric Rehab Clinic located at 1095 Hwy 15 South, 320-484-4417.
Our Orthopedic and Rehab Clinic located at 1029 Hwy 15 South, focuses on work injuries, industry consulting, and teen/adult sports injuries of the shoulder, hip, knee, elbow, wrist and hand. Contact us today to get you back functioning at 100%, 320-484-4400!OT Month Poster 2015

The Courage to Heal


Spring is here and is a season that brings growth and renewal. In a very real sense, spring embodies opportunity to heal and provides sustenance for body, mind and spirit.

The following are some of Ellen Livingston’s (founder of Living Yoga Now, a yoga studio and learning center in Ann Arbor, MI) “21 Practices for Challenging Times”:

Patience – Healing can be slower than we’d like. Nature has her own agenda! It gets easier when we accept this fact and just flow with the natural current.

Loving Kindness – Our natural compassion is most easily directed outward toward our fellow beings. Health and healing require that we practice extending loving kindness and deep compassion toward ourselves as well.

Perspective – If we look around we will see someone faced with a challenge greater than ours. This will always give us a quick dose of perspective! And we can appreciate that our life is precious.

Pace – Sometimes we simply need more rest than we find convenient or even comfortable. By surrendering to our body’s requests for rest and actually filling that well, we greatly increase our odds of healing from whatever ails us.

Deep Inner Listening – Sometimes we must be very still and quiet to hear the most important messages from the all-knowing place deep within us. We really do have the answers we need, but we often aren’t really listening.

Gratitude – Having an attitude of gratitude for all that we have and all that we love keeps positive energy flowing through our being, and the chemicals released through this positivity will help our body to heal.

Support – We are never alone. It’s easy to forget this when we are suffering, so it is especially important during these times to allow support people into our lives, and to foster our spiritual connection.

Personal Responsibility – The ultimate truth is that we each must heal self. No one else can do the work for us. We will not heal completely until we take full responsibility for our own well-being. This may be the single hardest lesson we will face in this lifetime, and the most rewarding to master.

contributed by Dennis Schrader, LICSW, Hutchinson Health


Dr. Darryl Johnson is Boston Marathon Bound

Dr. Darryl Johnson our OB/Gyn  has been training to run in what will be his 8th Boston Marathon next Monday, April 20th.  It had  become a family affair , since he typically runs with his daughter, but she is taking this  year off.    Each runner is assigned a bid number that they wear while running, and there are 32,500 numbers/runners  for this year’s event.  Dr. Johnson’s number is  #9296 and his average time has been  3 hours and 14 minutes.  He was a runner the year the bomb exploded in Boston,  but was already back in his hotel room after it had been reported.  Dr. Johnson says the Boston Marathon is so well organized and with his personal routine from the moment he lands in Boston,  this is one marathon he  will continue to run.  Monday night after the marathon,  his tradition is a  celebratory steak dinner at Morton’s  to cap off the event and his Dr. Johnson casual in Birthcareaccomplishment!  Despite missing his daughters company this year we wish him a safe and healthy run!  We like to think he is running for all of us who wish we could run for ourselves.

Foot Health

Dave MaherPodiatry is the treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle.

Dr. David W Maher, our podiatrist, sees people for a wide range of issues, from ingrown toenails to ankle sprains and diabetic foot ulcers. He is trained to diagnose and treat conditions, provide preventative education, and perform surgical procedures. Dr. Maher sees all ages of patients from babies to geriatric care.

Do you have any of the following?

  • Arthritis: Arthritis is a condition by the breakdown or loss of cartilage in one or more joints.
  • General Foot pain
  • Sports Injuries Sprains and Fractures
  • Ingrown toenails: Ingrown Toenails are a very common condition treated in our office caused from the corners of the toenail(s) curving inward and pushing into the skin.
  • Diabetic ulcers and concerns: Diabetic Foot Care is a large part of our practice and diabetics should follow these guidelines to ensure optimal diabetic foot health.
  • Bunions: Bunions are a crooked misalignment of the big toe joint causing a painful bump to develop. They are a progressive deformity that tends to get larger over time.
  • Orthotics: New custom scanner
  • Corns
  • Warts: Warts are an infection caused by a virus that causes small growths on the bottom of the foot.
  • Heel pain (Plantar Faciitis): Heel pain is most commonly caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a heel spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fractures, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or soft tissue masses.
  • Hammer toes: A hammertoe is a contracture of one or more of the lesser toes that can cause a painful bump or corn to develop on the toe. They are caused by a tendon or muscle imbalance that becomes worse over time.
  • Surgery
  • Arch support/Flat feet: Cavus Foot (High-arched Foot) is a foot type that has a very high arch. The can lead to a variety of symptoms such as pain and instability.
  • Shin Splints: Shin Splints is a term to describe pain and swelling in the front portion of the legs. This develops from overuse from activities such as running or walking.

shutterstock_128573129_webDr. Maher is experienced in treating a wide range of foot problems, whether its heel pain, arch pain, flat feet, pressure in toes, numbness in feet, overlapping toes, Achilles tendonitis, or difficulties due to arthritis, diabetes, or pregnancy. Patients love Dr. Maher’s conservative approach and bedside manner. Contact Hutchinson Health Clinic  to make an appointment and fix your podiatry problems today.

Top 10 facts about Organ Donation

Donor GraphicApril is National Organ Donation Month. Here are the Top 10 Facts in regard to becoming a donor.

  1. Your life is always first. If you are taken to the hospital after an accident or injury, it is the hospital’s number one priority to save YOUR life. Your status as a donor is not even considered until every effort has been made to try to save your life and death has been declared.
  2. Everyone has the potential to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Your age or health should not prevent you from registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Most health conditions do not prevent donation and age is not a factor—the oldest organ donor was 92!
  3. All faiths agree. All major religions in the United States support organ, eye and tissue donation and consider it a generous act of caring.
  4. There is no cost to your family. If you decide to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, your family will NOT have to pay for any medical expenses associated with the donation.
  5. One life can save up to 60. One person can save and heal up to 60 lives through organ, eye and tissue donation!
  6. Everyone is equal. When it comes to waiting for an organ transplant, we are all created equal. Wealthy or famous individuals cannot and do not get bumped up higher on the national transplant waiting list. Factors such as blood type, body size, location, severity of illness and length of time on the waiting list are used to determine the best candidate for an organ.
  7. Your decision will be honored. When you register to become an organ, eye and tissue donor you are making a legal decision and, even after your death, your decision will be honored. It’s important to share your decision with your family so they are prepared to support your decision at the time of your death.
  8. If you don’t make a decision, your family will. If you haven’t registered to be an organ, eye and tissue donor your family will be asked to make a decision about donation on your behalf. It is incredibly important that you talk about donation and share your decision with your loved ones.
  9. You’ll be treated with respect. Organ and tissue donors are heroes and are treated as such. The medical professionals who perform the recovery surgeries treat donors with the utmost respect, just like they would for any patient. If you and your family were planning on an open casket funeral or any type of viewing, these plans should not be affected by organ and tissue donation.
  10. Registering is easy. Registering to be an organ and tissue donor is simple. You can register right now, online, by visiting www.life-source.org and clicking on “Register as a Donor.” Or you can check the box to register to be a donor when you visit the driver’s license office to apply for or renew your license, state identification card or learner’s permit.

Triple Crow Run Series


Back by popular demand, the Triple Crow Run Series is available again for 2015! Register your team now!

What is the Triple Crow Series?

The goal of this challenge is to stimulate health and wellness across the community in a fun and competitive way. Teams from the community (schools, businesses, churches, organizations, etc.) commit to staying active by participating in walking and/or running events throughout the year.


Team(s) of 5 to 15 people will participate in any of the three local events. A variety of categories will be recognized at the conclusion of the series along with awarding a traveling trophy to the best performing team in the 5K running category.

What are the events:

The events chosen are listed below. We’ve chosen to partner with local Hutchinson events that raise money to further causes for the community, such as the Common Cup Ministries, Hutchinson Jaycees, and the Hutchinson High School REACH program.

Common Cup 5K – Sat May 9, 2015
Water Carnival 5K – Sat June 20, 2015
Spooky Sprint 5K- Sat October 24, 2015

What is the cost?

The team entry fee is $50, which will be used to award prizes to a variety of categories. Each team member will be responsible to register and pay for each individual race.

How do I register a team?

2015 Triple Crow Team Registration Form

In order to give everyone as much time as possible to field their teams for this year, the registration deadline has been moved to Saturday, May 9th.  Register your team any time between now and the start of the Common Cup 5K on Saturday morning, and challenge other rival teams to do the same! “So you really think you’re faster than US!?”

Payment can be made out to: Heart of Hutch (only check, money order or cash)

Send to: 3M
Attn: Carl Hoeft
905 Adams St.
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Follow Triple Crow Run Series on Facebook. See you at the first race in May!



April is National Donate Life Month

Donor GraphicNational Donate Life Month (NDLM) is recognized each year in April and is a month-long celebration of the gifts of organ, tissue and eye donation.  Although many donation organizations, community partners, ambassadors and advocates share the life-saving message of donation throughout the year, April is a time to share this message with renewed focus.  The goal is to reach the people in our communities and encourage them to make a decision about donation and register to be an organ and tissue donor.

Hutchinson Health is a partnering organization that encourages organ donation and the gift of life. Please take the time to register so you can help someone in need of organs. The importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation  provides an opportunity for you to show your support of these life-saving gifts when they are needed most. Please go to www.donatelife.net for information on how to register.

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