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Hutchinson Health to Study Diabetes

Hutchinson Health and the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) are teaming up to conduct a study in Hutchinson to help people with type 2 diabetes.

Researchers hope to determine whether diabetes care that uses registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) for medication management may be able to help individuals with diabetes achieve recommendations for healthful lifestyles – and whether doing so will ultimately help them improve their “D5” measures.

These five measures are blood glucose, statin use, blood pressure, tobacco use, and aspirin use, and they are a large part of the ongoing care required to manage diabetes.

The goal of the study is to determine whether patients who receive education and phone coaching that includes medication management from a RDN with diabetes expertise, in addition to care from their primary care physician, make greater improvements in their D5 outcomes than those who don’t receive the additional support.

Researchers chose Hutchinson for the study in part because, according to Minnesota Community Measurement statistics, only 30 percent of people with type 2 diabetes in the community have optimal D5 levels, compared with a statewide average of 53 percent.

About the study

For the study, a group of 144 residents age 40-75 who have type 2 diabetes will be randomly divided into a control group and an intervention group.

Both groups will receive regular clinical care from their primary care physicians, but the intervention group will also receive supplemental care from registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to actively address the D5 measures. RDNs will provide health management and education involving nutrition, physical activity, and medication adherence, and may also prescribe medications for blood pressure, cholesterol or blood glucose to meet diabetes care goals in coordination with primary care.

Researchers will conduct baseline tests at the beginning of the study and then repeat the tests in one year to determine how the intervention group compares to the control group in the management of their D5 measures.

“Our team at Hutchinson Health considers it critical to continue providing innovative services and a vast array of care options to our patients,” said Steve Mulder, MD, president and CEO of Hutchinson Health. “We recently began offering mental health services through the exciting new format of telemedicine, and now are pleased to be able to partner with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation on this study to explore the effectiveness of adding telemedicine as a complement to our diabetes care.”

Success in other locations

From 2010-2014, MHIF and Allina Health experienced success with a similar phone coaching program in New Ulm called Hearts Beat Back: The Heart of New Ulm Project.

Nearly 1,100 patients participated in coaching and demonstrated outcomes included significant reductions in smoking rates and LDL cholesterol. Participants also made significant improvements in lifestyle behaviors, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, being more physically active, and lowered perceived stress rates.

About Hutchinson Health

One of the largest independent health care providers in Minnesota, Hutchinson Health includes primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs.

Hutchinson Health has a state-of-the-art intensive care unit featuring eICU technology, as well as a full-range of advanced diagnostic imaging services. Hutchinson Health has more than 30 full-time physicians, 35 specialty care providers, and 650 staff.

Thank You OBOC Readers!

Book Read LogoThank 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 each of our program speakers

We will begin planning 2017’s OBOC program shortly.  If you have book suggestions or would like to get involved with this program of Connect Wholeheartedly, please enter below.


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Power of Produce

Hutchinson PoP LogoHeart of Hutch is partnering with the Hutchinson Farmers Market, Hutchinson Downtown Association, Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities, Hutchinson Health, and University of MN Extension to bring kids the Power of Produce (PoP).

Free for kids ages 3-12, kids can register to join the PoP Club.  Once registered (parent/guardian is needed for registration), participating kids will get two FREE $1 tokens to buy their own fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers. 

This program will run from June 24 – September 2, 2017

Market hours are 2:30pm-5:30pm Wednesdays and 8am-12pm on Saturdays


Contact Jeff Page by email at jpage@ci.hutchinson.mn.us, phone at 320-234-5652  or   info@heartofhutch.com for more information.


2017 PoP is funded in large part by the Hutchinson Area Community Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation and Hutchinson Health.


Hutchinson Health Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation

Hutchinson Health has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

lung-cancer-screeningThe ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. In December 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening of adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer – taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit: acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.

March Food Shelf Donation

Thank you to Hutchinson Health employees, patients and visitors for donating items for our March McLeod County Food Shelf Drive. We dropped off 451 lbs of food this morning. Our goal of 25% of our donations to be healthy items was blown away! 60% of our 451 lbs was a healthy food option. Wow! We also presented a matching check for $500 to the food shelf.


A Step Closer to Better Foot Health

April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and Hutch Health is ready to help you take a step closer to better foot health.

happy-feetIf you’ve ever had a sore foot, you know that impact it can have on your daily activities. Chronic foot pain can cause unnecessary pain and suffering, as well as unwanted lifestyle changes.

Communicate Your Intent to Be an Organ Donor

Are you planning to be an organ donor? Do your loved ones know you’ve made this compassionate, life-saving decision?

organ-donorApril is National Organ Donation Awareness Month (NDLM) and it’s a month long celebration of the gift of organ, tissue, and eye donation.