Skip links

Archives for December 2016

Hutchinson Health’s PFAC and Why?

Patient and Family Advisory Committee is a new group at Hutchinson Health. This is a great article detailing the program. Encouraging patient opinions and feedback helps us improve our patients’ healthcare experience

http://www.crowrivermedia.com/hutchinsonleader/news/local/they-want-patients-and-families-to-be-satisfied/article_da6ef4a0-4594-5a20-8240-63b740af6243.html

 

Donations Made to Local Organiztions

Hutchinson Health employees donated $317 to Common Cup and another $317 to McLeod Alliance for Victims of Domestic Violence.  An internal “Candy Gram” program encouraged candy grams to be sent to co-workers with a note of appreciation and a chocolate bar. The profits allowed us to show compassion throughout our community. Compassion is a core value we recognize at Hutchinson Health, not only for our patients but for each other. Thanks to all those who participated by sending candy grams and eating Toblerone candy bars!.

donation-to-mcdv-jpgcommon-cup-donation-pic

Viruses or Bacteria??

get-smart-virus-bacteria-chart

The Positive Effects of a Family Meal Together

Andrew Larson, a Therapist at NorthStar Counseling Center in Hutchinson, likes to share advice from Dr. Bill Doherty, an authority on marriage and families.

“As parents we often worry if we are doing enough to give our children the best opportunity to succeed in life,” Larson said. “According to Dr. Doherty and other research, by simply having a family meal once a day your child is more likely to have better grades and make many more healthy life choices.”585410f138b0d_image

 

Eating together as a family can make a positive difference in children’s lives, Larson said. Studies have also shown that students not only have more successes if they regularly have meals with their families but that they want more family time.

One national study found that mealtime together as a family is a stronger indicator of academic success and well-being of teenagers than school homework completion or participation in sports, art or religious activities. The frequency of family meals is also important. Having dinner as a family at least four times a week is the greatest indicator of reduced alcohol and drug use, early sexual activity and suicide.

 

What have students said about family time? In a study of children age 9 to 13, only one third said they spend time with their family. The barriers they cited were their parents’ busy schedules and their own busy schedules. In another study, teenagers were asked about their worries or concerns. Their top worries were not having enough time with their parents and their education. Although they might not always show it, teenagers want more family time and having meal times together is an important way to provide it.

 

To learn more, attend Larson’s presentation, “Take Back Your Family,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Hutchinson Middle School auditorium, 1365 South Grade Road S.W., Hutchinson. To register, call the Community Education office at 320-587-2975.

Dr. Darryl Johnson Connects with Expectant Fathers Too

Mike Hicks, husband of Jenni Gillard Hicks (Hutchinson native and living in Litchfield) shared her husbands words after their recent delivery of Harper Ann at Hutchinson Health.

“As a first time father I really didn’t know what kind of attributes to be looking for in an OB/GYN. To be honest, I relied on my wife’s judgment and a suggestion from a like minded friend and father who had consulted with Dr. Johnson, for his family’s pregnancy. My wife and I were not disappointed to say the least. His vast knowledge and personable demeanor made my experience exceptionally comforting. And as the entire experience unfolded, I soon realized how important it was to have unwavering confidence in the physician delivering your fragile bundle of joy. From our first consultation to the delivery of our beautiful baby girl, Dr. Johnson provided a truly extraordinary experience. I highly recommend Dr. Johnson to any couple looking for a physician for their pregnancy.”

hicks-family

Health Care Home Team Rings the Bell

Hutchinson Health’s Health Care Home Team rang the Salvation Army Bell at Cashwise this past weekend. Did you know that all the funds raised stay in McLeod County? Appreciate Joy May, Amber Cross, and Terri Steffel ringing and representing Hutchinson Health.

health-crea-home-team-rings-bell

Hutchinson Health Employees Toy Drive

Hutchinson Health has once again teamed up with the McLeod County Social Services, to help make a Christmas wish come true for children throughout McLeod County. Our employees purchased over 150 gifts. A huge shout out to making a difference for families in McLeod County.

gifts-for-toys-for-tots

Dr. Darryl Johnson Connects with Expectant Fathers Too

Mike Hicks, husband of Jenni Gillard Hicks (Hutchinson native and living in Litchfield) shared her husbands words after their recent delivery of Harper Ann at Hutchinson Health.

“As a first time father I really didn’t know what kind of attributes to be looking for in an OB/GYN. To be honest, I relied on my wife’s judgment and a suggestion from a like minded friend and father who had consulted with Dr. Johnson, for his family’s pregnancy. My wife and I were not disappointed to say the least. His vast knowledge and personable demeanor made my experience exceptionally comforting. And as the entire experience unfolded, I soon realized how important it was to have unwavering confidence in the physician delivering your fragile bundle of joy. From our first consultation to the delivery of our beautiful baby girl, Dr. Johnson provided a truly extraordinary experience. I highly recommend Dr. Johnson to any couple looking for a physician for their pregnancy.”

hicks-family-at-hh

Try something new: Snowshoes

Hutchinson Health, Heart of Hutch and PRCE have worked together to provide snow shoes available to try out with your family, friends or groups.  Beginning Dec 19th, snowshoes can be picked up from the PRCE office Monday-Friday from 9:00 am—3:00 pm. Fee is for package of 6 pairs (adult and youth sizes available). Call 320-587-2975 for availability.

#171 (Hutchinson PRCE)

Fee: $25 for up to 3 days

IMG_3717

Take Back Your Family Time

Daily lives for children have changed drastically over the past generation. Children used to have lots of free time. They were often outside playing. However, two national studies completed less than 20 years apart show some amazing statistics regarding children’s lives today:

  • Children age 3 to 12 have 12 hours less unstructured play time per week.
  • The time children spend “on the sideline” watching siblings play sports has doubled.
  • Children spend 50 percent more time studying even though there is no evidence that homework for children younger than 13 contributes to learning.
  • Religious participation for children has declined by 40 percent.
  • Time spent just talking as a family has “fallen off the radar” — the average family has zero!
  • Children also spend more time watching TV but the amount of time watching TV as a family has declined by 25 percent. This may be because 28 percent of preschoolers and two-thirds of teenagers have a TV in their bedrooms.

We live in a fast-paced world. We have a “speed-up” society of FedEx, faxes, email and Instagram. Our culture has become one of commitment to individual activities instead of family activities. Childhood used to revolve around the family while the family now revolves around children’s individual activities. Both parents and children’s schedules are so busy that neither has time for family meals together. However, studies have shown how important it is to have family meals together. Having four or more dinners together as a family per week is the greatest indicator of:

  • academic success;
  • healthy psychological adjustment of teenagers; and a
  • decrease in alcohol and drug use, early sexual activity and suicide

Interested in more information?  Andrew Larson, Marriage and Family Therapist at NorthStar Counseling Center will engage parents of children all ages to “Take Back Your Family Time” on Jan. 19.
 

Information for this article was obtained from Take Back Your Family Time presented by Dr. Bill Doherty, director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota.