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Quick Tips for Summer Health and Safety

Shop Fresh and Fire Up the Grill

Fresh produce is abundant and flavorful this time of year. Whether you plant a garden or shop the farmers market, challenge yourself to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Encourage children to try something new each week, and join them in eating it. Grilling meats, veggies, and even fruit is a delicious and healthy way to prepare fresh food. Keep your favorite marinades, herbs, spices, and sauces on hand to complete a quick and easy meal.

Dassel Clinic Now Offering OB/GYN Care

Hutchinson Health’s Dassel Clinic will now provide OB/GYN care. Dr. Emily Zoulek and Dr. Darryl Johnson will be seeing patients starting June 5th.

Some of the common treatments and care they offer arezoulekjohnsonbabies2015:

  • Pregnancy care and delivery
  • Women’s health issues
  • Surgery
  • Incontinence and bladder issues
  • Menopause

For an appointment please call the Dassel Clinic 320-275-3358.

May is Mental Health Month

Mental Health Myths and Facts from Dennis Schrader, LICSW, a provider at Hutchinson Health Mental Health Clinic.


Myth: Mental health problems don’t affect me.


Fact: Mental health problems are actually very common.  In 2011, about:

·         One in 5 American Adults experienced a mental health issue

·         One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression

·         One in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression


Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It accounts for the loss of more than 38,000 American lives each year, more than double the number of lives lost to homicide.



Myth: Children don’t experience mental health problems.


Fact: Even very young children may show early warning signs of mental health concerns. These mental health problems are often clinically diagnosable, and can be a product of the interaction of biological, psychological and social factors.


Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24.


Unfortunately, less than 20% of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need. Early mental health support can help a child before problems interfere with other developmental needs.



Myth: People with mental health problems are violent and unpredictable.


Fact: The vast majority of people with mental health problems are no more likely to be violent than anyone else. Most people with mental illness are not violent and only 3% to 5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime that the general population. You probably know someone with a  mental health problem and don’t even realize it, because many people with mental health problems are highly active and productive members of our communities.



Myth: People with mental health needs, even those who are managing their mental illness, cannot tolerate the stress of holding down a job.


Fact: People with mental health problems are just as productive as other employees. Employers who hire people with mental health problems report good attendance and punctuality as well as motivation, good work and job tenure on par with or greater than other employees.


When employees with mental health problems receive effective treatment, it can result in:


·         Lower total medical costs

·         Increased productivity

·         Lower absenteeism

·         Decreased disability costs



Myth: I can’t do anything for a person with a mental health problem.


Fact: Friends and loved ones can make a big difference. Only 38% of adults with diagnosable mental health problems and less than 20% of children and adolescents receive needed treatment. Friends and family can be important influences to help someone get the treatment and services they need by:


·         Reaching out and letting them know you are available to help

·         Helping them access mental health services

·         Learning and sharing the facts about mental health, especially if you hear something that isn’t true

·         Treating them with respect, just as you would anyone else

·         Refusing to define them by their diagnosis or using labels such as “crazy”



Myth: Prevention doesn’t work. It is impossible to prevent mental illnesses.


Fact: Prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders focuses on addressing known risk factors such as exposure to trauma that can affect the chances that children, youth, and young adults will develop mental health problems. Promoting the social-emotional well-being of children and you leads to:


·         Higher overall productivity

·         Better educational outcomes

·         Lower crime rates

·         Stronger economies

·         Lower health care costs

·         Improved quality of life

·         Increased lifespan

·         Improved family life



Myth: Mental illness is the same as mental retardation.


Fact: Mental illness and mental retardation are entirely different disorders. Mental retardation is primarily characterized by limitations in intellectual functioning, while intellectual functioning varies among persons with persistent mental illness just as it does across the general population.



Myth: Recovery from mental illness is impossible.


Fact: While these illnesses are persistent, research has shown that with treatment, the majority of people with mental illnesses achieve genuine improvement in their symptoms over time and lead stable, productive lives. As the treatment of mental illness has advanced, the focus of treatment has shifted from simply minimizing symptoms to  true recovery—that is, the reintegration into mainstream society, including (and perhaps most importantly) the world of work.



Myth: People with psychotic disabilities cannot tolerate stress on the job.


Fact: The response to job-related stress, and precisely which factors will be perceived as stressful, varies among individuals with psychiatric disabilities just as it does among people without such disabilities.  For all workers—with or without psychiatric disabilities—productivity is optimized when there is a match between the employee’s needs and his or her working conditions.

Hutchinson Health Wins High Reviews

Hutchinson Health is on a roll with patients who say they’re pleased with their hospital experience.

Two weeks ago, the federal government notified the local 66-bed hospital it had earned four out of five stars in Medicare ratings based on patient experience and clinical care.
On Tuesday, President and CEO Dr. Steve Mulder learned the hospital had been ranked by a Colorado-based company as one of the top 12 hospitals in Minnesota for patient experience alone.
Mulder said he was surprised by the honor, but it wasn’t by chance. Improving the patient experience has been an ongoing process at the hospital.
“We certainly have been working hard at it and it’s nice to see that validated,” he said.
The latest distinction comes from Healthgrades, a Denver company that bills itself as “the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.” Healthgrades evaluated data from 10 measures supplied by a survey of patients’ perspectives of their care. Those measures range from communication with doctors and nurses to responsiveness of staff and cleanliness.
Similar to the federal government’s rating, data was collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services and is based on surveys of patients who stayed at hospitals in 2013.
Healthgrades’ Outstanding Patient Experience Award went to 453 hospitals across the nation, or approximately 10 percent of all hospitals.
Mulder said Hutchinson Health has improved the patient experience by going beyond being nice.
“What we’ve tried to emphasize over the past few years is effective communication with our patients at all levels,” he said.
That includes employees introducing themselves to patients, and explaining what is happening throughout their hospital visit.
“It isn’t something that happens without some focus and attention.” Mulder said.
He added improved communication also can produce better health outcomes because patients become more engaged in their care.
Similar to the Medicare ratings, most Minnesota hospitals earning the Healthgrades award tend to be in smaller communities. In a white paper, Healthgrades suggests hospitals need to better understand the changing causes of patient satisfaction “in diverse patient populations across different hospital settings.”
Mulder said he is pleased the hospital’s emphasis on communication is showing up in patient satisfaction surveys.
“And we will continue to try to get better at it,” he added.



Meet our Speech Pathology Providers

Meet our Speech-Language Pathologists at Hutchinson Health:

Jackie Dietz, MS, CCC-SLP

*  Pediatric Speech Therapy

*  Articulation and Phonology Disorders, Receptive and Expressive Language Delays, Oral Motor and Feeding Disorders, Fluency, Voice, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Augmentative Communication

* Certified in The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding

“Jackie’s expertise has helped my son with his speech development, he has improved significantly and we couldn’t be happier.  Jackie has a real talent for her work!”

Susan Kasal ,MS,  CCC-SLP-R

* Adult Speech Therapy

*  Swallowing Disorders, Cognitive Disorders, Speech Disorders, Language Disorders, Voice Disorders

* Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Cognitive Facilitator

* Performs Recorded Video Swallow Studies

* Certified in Vital Stimulation

“Susan has done a great job helping me with my memory skills – couldn’t have asked for better!!”

Elizabeth Wurdell, MA, CCC-SLP

*  Pediatric Speech Therapy

*  Articulation and Phonology Disorders, Receptive and Expressive Language Delays, Oral Motor and Feeding Disorders, Fluency, Voice, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Augmentative Communication

* Certified in The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding

“Saying Thank you will just never be enough.  My son’s enormous amount of progress comes from the time and love you have put into working with him.  I know we wouldn’t be where we are today if we hadn’t stumbled upon you four years ago at the clinic; so desperate for answers and to find someone who could see past (our son’s) rough exterior into his heart. To see him for whom he is and have the patience among other great things, to be his fit. You have been, and have done all these things.”

MAY is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Hutchinson Health has Speech and Language Pathologists that work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

About Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

·  Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering is a form of disfluency) or has problems with his or her voice or resonance.

·   Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). Language disorders may be spoken or written and may involve the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and/or use (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.

·   Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling. All individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social communication problems. Social communication disorders are also found individuals with other conditions, such as traumatic brain injury.

·  Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. These disorders usually happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they can be congenital.

·  Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.

Additionally, SLPs:

·  Provide aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

·  Provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders.

·  Work with people who don’t have speech, language, or swallowing disorders, but want to learn how to communicate more effectively (e.g., work on accent modification or other forms of communication enhancement).

For additional information, please refer to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website: