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Archives for October 2015

Welcome to our New Psychiatrist

We are pleased to introduce Dr. Adnan Ahmed, Hutchinson Health’s new psychiatrist. As one of six psychiatrists on staff at Hutchinson Health, Dr. Ahmed will primarily see adult patients at Hutchinson Health Mental Health Clinic.

With Dr. Ahmed joining our team of professionals, Hutchinson Health continues to focus on provider options and long-term patient relationships built on trust. Hutchinson Health Mental Health Clinic provides both outpatient and inpatient services.

Dr. Ahmed joins us from the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Mayo Health System in Mankato, MN.

I believe in providing team-based comprehensive care to patients. I try to accomplish that by collaborating closely with my patients’ other providers and/or loved ones.

Dr. Ahmed is ready to see patients at Hutchinson Health. “I believe in providing team-based comprehensive care to patients. I try to accomplish that by collaborating closely with my patients’ other providers and/or loved ones.”

Visit the Hutchinson Health Mental Health Clinic page, to learn more about our services and how to schedule an initial appointment.

In Good Company

We’re passionate about the health of our community.  And, what’s best, we are not alone.

“Chad’s Locker” Now at Hutchinson Health

Chad Greenway presenting Chad's LockerOn Tuesday, October 20th, Chad Greenway brought his “Chad’s Locker” program to Hutchinson Health. His Lead the Way Foundation whose mission it is to “enrich the lives of individuals and families in need”, is sure to make a difference for future patients at Hutchinson Health.

“Chad’s Locker” will provide an array of notebook computers, iPads, movies, toys, and games for children and families experiencing various lengths of stays at Hutchinson Health. It’s a program that dates back to 2012, when Chad launched the first one, which you can read about here.

HH_ChadsLockerThe program was brought to Hutchinson Health, thanks in part to local youth advocate Chad Harlander who runs the REACH program at the Hutchinson High School. Writer, Lindsey Young published an article on “Minnesota Vikings’ Greenway Unveils 7th ‘Chad’s Locker’ at Hutchinson Health”.

Plenty of purple and gold fans were on hand, as Hutchinson Health staff, families, and community members gathered to celebrate the addition of “Chad’s Locker” and greet Mr. Greenway himself. On behalf of everyone at Hutchinson Health, we’d like to extend our sincere appreciation to Chad Greenway, his Lead the Way Foundation, and #MoreThanWords campaign that made this resource possible.

Luce Line Trail Brings Flurry of Activity to Area

Residents of Hutchinson and across the state of Minnesota are enjoying the miles of newly paved Luce Line Trail that connects Hutchinson with the metro area. Runners, bikers, walkers, and more are using the Luce Line Trail around Hutchinson more than ever. Take a stroll outside of Hutchinson and you’re likely to encounter a flurry of activity on the trail. The weather is perfect, and with Hutchinson being designated a bike-friendly community, people are taking note of the value of such a regional asset.

The Star Tribune published an article, “Section by section, Luce Line trail dream realized” highlighting local people passionate about the Luce Line project and what it will mean for our community for years to come.

Dr. Mulder was interviewed for the article, adding ““Having paved trails makes that easier and more inviting for folks,” he said. “It’s safer, and I think it will draw people. It’s a wonderful way to get a good workout.”

Before you hit the trails, remember that helmets are a must. Make sure helmets are properly fitted and worn correctly. Insist on wearing helmets regardless of the length of the bike ride or rollerblading trip.

An Awareness and Early Detection Plan for Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time to make an early detection plan and build awareness in families and communities.

fb-post-imageAs with many cancers, there are risk factors some of which are avoidable and others that cannot be changed. The more informed and prepared you are, the better your chances of detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.

Genetic Factors

There are some genetic factors that increase your risk of breast cancer such as gender, age, race, and family history. For more information about genetic risk factors, read “Breast Cancer Risk Factors that Cannot be Changed”.

Avoidable  Risk Factors

There are some behavioral risk factors you can control such as diet and exercise. For more environmental and lifestyle risk factors, read “Avoidable Risk Factors”.

Early Detection Plan

The American Cancer Society published guidelines for early detection of breast cancer that include self-exams, clinical breast exams, and yearly mammograms. Your provider at Hutchinson Health will take the time to explain how to do breast exams and let you know when it is time for a mammogram. For more information on early detection of breast cancer and symptoms, read “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer”.

When Breast Cancer is detected in its earliest stages, the 5 year survival rate is 98%.

Hutchinson Health wants to take this October to lift up Breast Cancer Awareness. Our providers will help you create an early detection plan.

Make sure you make it part of your yearly wellness appointment and discuss any concerns you may have with your physician.



Hutchinson Health Receives WHITE Ribbon from The MDH

Hutchinson Health received a WHITE Ribbon level from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for the FluSafe program.  Hutchinson Health participates in this program which encourages health care organizations to vaccinate as many employees as possible.  There were 79% of our employees that were vaccinated for the 2014-2015 season. Participating in this program represents the high level of commitment we have at Hutchinson Health , in regard to patient safety and quality   assurance. Getting vaccinated is the first step in  protecting against getting the flu.


Hutchinson Health Employees Attend Customer Service Workshop

Hutchinson Health employees recently attended a Customer Service Training. The goal of Hutchinson Health is to provide our patients with the best possible care experience every time. Our customer service is built on a foundation of respect and compassion for our patients, customers, and fellow co-workers.

The workshop was  interactive and stressed communicating with each department and area.  Recent hero stories of employees that went above and beyond their role in the organization was inspiring.



Dr. Thomas Nelson gets Fantastic Reviews from Local Dentist

Dr. John Gillard is a dentist here in Hutchinson, so his normal role is not being the patient, but John knew hip replacement surgery was something he was going to have to consider after steroid shots stopped handling his pain. John’s first goal was that he wanted an experienced physician and the second goal was, if possible, to have a minimally invasive procedure. In retrospect, he is very pleased to have found both with Dr. Thomas Nelson, Orthoapedic Surgeon at Hutchinson Health Orthoapedic and Rehab Clinic. Dr. Nelson joined Hutchinson Health in 2014 from Twin Cities Orthopedics. His specialty is shoulders, hips and knee surgery with minimally invasive procedures, which essentially means less of an incision. The smaller incisions mean the recovery process is quicker, hopefully less pain and hence a faster return to the activities that are important to each patient. For John Gillard, this is biking. He now, glowingly says Dr. Nelson not only had the skills but was very informative and calming throughout his two surgeries. John had his first hip done right after Dr. Nelson joined Hutchinson Health and his other hip this past summer. John is so happy to have had his hip surgeries at Hutchinson Health, not only for the convenience, but for the expertise provided by Dr. Nelson. Each surgery required a couple of days of hospitalization but the recovery period was incredibly fast and smooth.
Not all joints can be repaired with minimally invasive procedures. It depends on each patients’ needs or circumstances, but those who are able to consider it sure have a quicker recovery.
Both of these Doctors, the patient and the surgeon, are very pleased with the results.



Shout out to our Hutchinson Health’s Hero’s Pat, Jen and John

Shout out to our Hutchinson Health’s Hero’s Pat, Jen and John

It isn’t often that our Information Technology (IT) department directly influences patient care. Last week along with the nursing staff our IT department enabled a patient who was hospitalized to at least view his child’s wedding. He was very anxious about missing the big day and thanks to a converted Conference Room, that had temporary skype capabilities, he was able to see some of the ceremony. The nursing staff arranged the care he needed to be mobile and he didn’t miss the big day.
This group effort allowed him to receive the care he needed as well as take part in the festivities.
Thanks to the whole team for helping out with this situation.

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October is SIDS Awareness Month

Nearly 3,400 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. Most of these deaths result from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month to 1 year of age.

SIDS is the term used to describe the unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the infant’s and family’s clinical histories. Although there is no known way to prevent SIDS completely, there are ways to reduce the risk by modifying several factors.

17875043644_ab1e274a61_zThe Safe to Sleep® campaign (formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign) aims to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce to the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. The single most effective action that parents and caregivers can take to lower a baby’s risk for SIDS is to place the baby on his or her back to sleep for naps and at night. Other key recommendations include putting the baby in a separate sleep area in the same room, next to where parents sleep, and using a firm sleep surface, in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet with no soft objects such as pillows, toys, crib bumpers, or loose bedding.

In the past two decades, significant progress has been made in reducing SIDS rates.

Since 1994, SIDS rates have dropped by more than 50 percent in all populations.

But there is still progress to be made. For example, although the SIDS rate for African Americans has declined by 50 percent since 1994, today’s African American infants are twice as likely as white infants to die of SIDS. Similarly, American Indian/Alaska Native infants today are three times as likely as white infants to die of SIDS, even though SIDS rates have also dropped significantly in this population during the last two decades.

Working together, we’ve made great progress in helping to reduce the risk of SIDS in many communities. Let’s continue to work together to help all infants grow and thrive.

Please help us spread the word about safe infant sleep! The following resources are available on our website.

See Safe to Sleep Resources