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Archives for January 2016

Dr. Staples Chicken Soup Recipe

Staples chicken soupDr. Scott Staples, Hutchinson Health family medicine physician, has been asked by many patients what he does when he or his family get sick. His go to remedy is a homemade chicken noodle soup for colds or the flu. Dr. Staples says “Don’t be shy with the fresh parsley as it is filled with vitamins and antioxidants.”

Staples Chicken Soup
Sauté boneless skinless chicken thighs and add one small finely chopped onion and a few cloves of fresh chopped garlic. Last, add chopped celery just to soften it. Season with salt, pepper, fresh parsley, and whatever else you like (I add tiny hint of cayenne to open up the sinuses). Then bring stockpot of chicken broth to boil, add egg noodles, matchstick carrots, chopped portobello mushrooms, and the pan of cooked chicken. Add more fresh parsley and season again to taste. I’m too impatient to measure anything. Just eyeball it, use high quality fresh ingredients, taste as you go, and don’t be afraid to experiment.


Telepsychiatry Service is just like Being There

Great article from the Hutchinson Leader showcasing our new service of telemedicine offered by Dr. Jasbir Virk who recently moved to California.



Homemade Cough Syrup Recipe

Dr. Leah Willson, Hutchinson Health pediatrician shares her homemade recipes for cough syrups, if you would like to make a version that is natural. Kids may even prefer the taste.

Effective Natural Homemade Cough Syrup Recipes for children 1 year and older. NOT intended for babies under 12 months of age.
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
One level teaspoon ginger powder
Two tablespoons honey
Dash of salt (1/8 teaspoon or less)
Dash of cayenne pepper (1/8 teaspoon or less)

Blend in blender or food processor until smooth and no lumps of powder.
Store in refrigerator.

Can give 1 to 2 teaspoons up to every 2 hours as needed for cough.
NOT for children under 12 months of age.

1/4 cup of pineapple juice and 1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of honey

Blend well. Store in refrigerator.
Can be given as needed for cough
NOT for children under 12 months of age.

child taking cough syrup

Check Your Cough Syrup

“There are no over the counter cough medicines that are recommended for children under the age of 6. They are not proven to be helpful and can actually be harmful. If under 1 year of age it is especially important to avoid cough medications as they may contain ingredients such as honey which can cause botulism in this age group. However,1 tsp of honey is a great cough suppressant in children over one year of age and has been shown in studies to work better than some over the counter medications. “ Dr. Tiffany Trenda, Hutchinson Health pediatrician.

child with cough syrup

Get Smart About Antibiotics

“Antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections, not viral infections. The vast majority of colds, coughs and sinus infections are caused by viruses and therefore antibiotics do not help them. Taking antibiotics will not “nip it in the bud” and can cause significant side effects and complications (even if they have not bothered  you before). Overuse of antibiotics allows the bacteria to learn how to survive despite the antibiotic, which is called resistance. We need to be cautious with this limited resource to make sure that our antibiotics work when we really need them to”, Dr. Leah Schrupp, Family Medicine Physician, Hutchinson Health.

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One Book One Community: Adventure Begins

The first series of events for the One Book, One Community program is scheduled for January 31st.  This first event sets the stage for the time period of the book: Canoeing with the Cree.

Lori Pickell-Stangel and Joe Stangel will talk about the history of the fur trading industry and fur-bearing animals. 
Date and time: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2:00pm
Location: McLeod County Museum

Free and open to the public.

Learn more about OBOC program, partner events and 2016’s book choice.

Taste Something New

It’s winter.  It’s football season.  Liven up your tastebuds with new tastes that are quick, fresh and the perfect halftime party dip for veggies, crackers, or sandwich spread.

Volunteer Highlight: Cindy Guggisberg

Thank you, AFC, for highlighting one of Heart of Hutch’s amazing volunteers!  Find out more about Cindy below.