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Archives for February 2016

Volunteer Highlight: Carl Hoeft

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


Heart Health

If you’re looking for new ways to incorporate heart healthy foods into your day, some of the best choices for your heart include foods high in fiber such as whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed also provide excellent heart health benefits.

Try these tips to promote a healthy heart:

  • Eat fruits and veggies! The goal is to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, which means fruits and vegetables should be included at every meal!
  • Eat plant proteins! Include plant sources of protein such as lentils, soybeans, pinto beans, and nuts such as walnuts, almonds, and pecans.
  • Eat oatmeal! Oatmeal is a whole grain. Not only have it for breakfast with fruit and nuts, but also include it in recipes such as muffins or as a binder in meatloaf.
  • Eat flax! Flaxseed is a source of omega-3 fatty acids. Add ground flaxseed to your morning oatmeal, favorite smoothie, muffins or yogurt. You can also mix it in your favorite dishes such as meatballs, meatloaf, or casseroles.
  • Eat healthy oils! Include healthy oils such as olive, canola, flaxseed or walnut oils during cooking and when making salad dressings.
  • Eat fish! Include salmon, tuna, lake trout, sardines and mackerel. Aim to include fish twice per week.

Other tips heart healthy tips from the American Heart Association:

  • Be active. Start with just 10 minutes and increase over time. Adults should aim for 30 minutes or more physical activity per day and children should aim for 60 minutes or more.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Even a 5-10 percent drop in weight is beneficial.
  • Manage stress.
  • Quit smoking.


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Lactation Consultation Services now available

Hutchinson Health is pleased to offer lactation services for patients immediately following delivery, as well as mothers who have returned home with their newborns.

We have four lactation consultants on staff who will meet with patients on an inpatient or outpatient basis, according to patient needs.

Whether you’re a first time mom or growing your family with each new addition, you will receive the nurturing care you and your baby deserve.


Hours of Availability

mom and baby getting lactation consultationPlease call OB at 320-484-4620 to have a lactation consultant contact you. Appointments will be in Room 201 of the hospital.

  • Monday 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday 10am-2pm
  • Friday 10am-2pm

Please visit our Birthcare Center for more information about services offered at Hutchinson Health.


Hutchinson Health #1 In the State for Value

The Hutchinson Leader announced the #1 ranking Hutchinson Health received from a Federal program that links Medicare payment systems to four criteria that they use to measure our organization.


Color of Your Phlegm

“The color of your phlegm /mucus does NOT indicate an infection or if antibiotics are needed. No matter how green, yellow or brown, it does not mean you require antibiotics, ” Dr. Leah Schrupp, Family Medicine provider at Hutchinson Health. All the providers at Hutchinson Health are implementing the recommendations from the CDC on antibiotic usage. Get Smart About Antibiotics.

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Get Smart About Antibiotics

The Hutchinson Leader published a great article about Hutchinson Health’s new initiative in regard to antibiotic use.  Copy and paste this link in your web browser.