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Summer Therapy

Are you worried your kids therapy skillswill regress over the summer months?
Many kids who get therapy throughout the school year do not qualify for services during the summer months. Many of these kids will regress or not continue to grow their skills, during these upcoming months and could be even farther behind come fall. Hutchinson Health Pediatric Rehab Team can provide therapy over the summer, in a fun-filled play environment. If you are interested, you may need a referral from your physician for this service. We can help facilitate that if they call 320-484-4417 and ask to speak to a therapist about summer therapy.

Ready to Ride

As a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community, Hutchinson offers several bike events to participate in.  Get out and explore.  #muchinhutch #bikehutch

Save the date: National Night Out is Aug. 1

By Evie Swanson – Heart of Hutch Connect Committee

During a recent trip to the grocery store, I ran into a neighbor and we had a brief, friendly chat. As I walked away at the conclusion of our visit, I couldn’t help but think that neighbor and I just spent more time visiting with each other at the store than we have for a number of months in our own neighborhood. What’s wrong with that picture?

Fortunately, we live in a community where at least once a year we have a great opportunity to reconnect with neighbors we may or may not visit with on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, our community has an exceptionally high rate of participation in National Night Out, which is every year on the first Tuesday in August. This year’s event will be Tuesday, Aug. 1.

National Night Out began throughout the United States and Canada in 1984. This event is not only a good opportunity to socialize and connect with those in our neighborhoods, but it is meant to increase awareness of police programs, fire protection and other emergency services. It helps build relationships among citizens and peace officers and others who are there to protect and serve.

Our local parties have been well-attended and supported in recent years. Twenty-five neighborhoods hosted parties last year and enjoyed getting together to eat, visit and enjoy various activities, including visits from emergency personnel who stopped by to explain their work.

Plan to attend and enjoy the party in your neighborhood this year!

May is Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is Minnesota’s 5th leading cause of death. Becoming an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital has prepared our hospital to provide the best possible stroke care for our community.

Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes.

Act FAST at the first sign of stroke. FAST stands for: Facial weakness, arm weakness, speech difficulties and T is for Time is brain — call 911.

Other stroke symptoms also may include:

• Sudden severe headache without known cause

• Sudden weakness or numbness, sometimes on one side of the body

• Sudden dizziness, difficulty walking, or loss of balance/coordination

• Sudden confusion and trouble speaking or understanding

• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes


Stroke risk factors:

• High blood pressure

• Heavy alcohol use

• High cholesterol

• Physical inactivity and obesity

• Heart disease

• Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)

• Diabetes

• Family history of stroke

• Smoking


Leading a healthy lifestyle, including lowering risks factors like high blood pressure and weight, can also help reduce your stroke risk.

Farmers Market Season

Saying hello to summer in Hutchinson means saying hello to FRESH!  If you haven’t been to the Hutchinson Farmers Market, you haven’t seen the best Hutchinson has to offer. 

Celebrating Our Employees Dedication

At a luncheon at the Crow River Golf Club, Hutchinson Health celebrated employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service.  Thank you to our employees that have served Hutchinson Health throughout the years.

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40 Years of Service

Autism is Growing

With 1 in 68 children now estimated to have autism spectrum disorder, community support is critical. During May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month, one of Hutchinson Health’s Speech-Language Pathologist Jackie Dietz  asks residents to use this as an opportunity to consider how they communicate and interact with people with autism.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social communication and social interaction and the presence of restricted, repetitive behaviors. Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat children with autism. They help in areas including communication skills and social skills.

“Everyone can play a role in fostering an inclusive atmosphere for children and adults with autism, whether at school, in workplaces, in local businesses, and throughout our society,” Jackie Dietz notes.

Our Speech-Language Pathology Team offers these tips:

  • Reach out. People with autism want to make social connections just like everybody else, but it might be more difficult for them. Make an effort to engage the person in conversation or to invite them to participate in an activity.
  • Be patient. Give the person additional time to speak and respond. Don’t try to finish the person’s sentence or thought for them.
  • Modify your communication. Rephrase what you say if the person doesn’t understand or respond the first time. Use visual cues, or write your message down. Go the extra mile to be a good communication partner!
  • Don’t make assumptions. Don’t assume you know what the person wants or what they are thinking. Ask them!

“This is a great time for parents to talk to their kids about classmates or friends with autism—how they can include them, be kind, and better understand that despite some differences, they are similar in many more ways than they are different,” Jackie Dietz said.

Elizabeth Wurdell, also an Hutchinson Health Speech-Language Pathologist, states that parents who have concerns about their own child should contact a professional.

“We know from research as well as practical experience that the earlier treatment begins for a child with autism, the better their outcomes,” said Elizabeth Wurdell. “For parents who have questions about their child’s development, don’t delay. The time is now to seek an evaluation. There is nothing to lose but a lot to gain if there is an issue that needs to be addressed.”

To contact one of our Speech-Language Pathologists, call 320-484-4417.

6 surprising health benefits of strawberries

Author: Kay Johnson

Who knew? Eight strawberries, a single serving, delivers a surprising list of benefits for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Strawberries are much more than a sweet and delicious treat — they are a versatile fruit that’s great for your health. May is National Strawberry Month. Grab a handful of strawberries and read on, because eating right has never tasted so good.

1. Strawberries help you stay sharp. A recent study in the Annals of Neurology suggests that eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2 1/2 years.

2. Loaded with nutrients. Strawberries pack a lot of healthy properties into a small package. Each berry is full of beneficial antioxidants and nutrients, including potassium, folate and fiber.

3. Sweet without the sugar. The sweet taste of strawberries makes them a natural dessert topping, and strawberries are also low in calories and sugar — one serving of eight strawberries contains just 45 calories.

4. A delicious source of vitamin C. When you think vitamin C, think strawberries. One serving of eight strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange, topping out at 140 percent of the recommended daily value. It’s the perfect power-packed boost that you can add to any meal or cold remedy.

5. A healthy choice for diabetics. The American Diabetes Association has identified berries, including strawberries, as a perfect component of a diabetes meal plan. This is because strawberries have a low glycemic index and are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and dietary fiber.

6. Cholesterol fighter. Lowering your cholesterol is a common goal for many Americans these days, and strawberries can help. In addition to being packed with antioxidants and fiber, strawberries are rich in phytochemicals, which have been shown to reduce overall cholesterol levels. In addition, the potassium found in strawberries may help control blood pressure and fight strokes.

To learn more about the health benefits of strawberries, visit www.californiastrawberries.com.


Source: Brandpoint

Measles Information

Are you concerned about the recent measles outbreak? Here is some information:
Getting vaccinated is the best method to prevent getting measles.

1.) Infants under the age of 6 months can’t be given the MMR, but if they are between 6 months and 12 months, they can get a dose. Unfortunately, if it is even one day prior to their 1st birthday, it won’t count as part of the two dose series (and they will ultimately get three doses total).
2.) Technically, the second dose of MMR can be given 28 days after the first dose.
Usually the second MMR is given around age 4 or 5. You do not have to have a physician’s orders to get your child vaccinated. You can make a nurse only appointment at Hutchinson Health to have an MMR vaccine administered at any time Monday – Friday from 8-12 and 1-4:30 and on Saturdays from 9-11:30.

If you have been exposed or have any questions call your provider and/or check your vaccination records.

Meet our Speech-Language Pathologists

Meet our Speech-Language Pathologists
Jackie Dietz, Elizabeth Wurdell, and Susan Kasal.
Speech-Language Pathologists work with individuals from birth to adults, who have difficulty communicating as well as swallowing. Services for adults are available in our Outpatient Rehab Clinic, which is located in Plaza 15 at the Hutchinson Health’s Orthopedic and Rehab Clinic. Services for pediatrics are temporarily located in our Outpatient Mental Health Clinic in Plaza 15, next to Hutchinson Health’s Orthopedic and Rehab Clinic. The projected move to the new location is scheduled for fall of 2017.

Our Speech-Language Pathologists are all licensed with the state of Minnesota and are members of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).
The following is a list of conditions they treat and services they provide for our adult patients:
• Inpatient and outpatient speech-language therapy
• Voice therapy
• Traumatic brain injury
• Aphasia
• Apraxia
• Dysarthria
• Cognitive linguistic disorders
• Stuttering
• Augmentative communication
• Swallowing therapy
• Video swallow studies

The following is a list of conditions they treat and services they provide for our pediatric patients:
• Autism spectrum disorders
• Apraxia
• Articulation delay
• Language delay
• Stuttering
• Feeding and swallowing
• Traumatic brain injury
• Voice
• Oral motor
• Video swallow studies
• Auditory processing disorders
• Augmentative Communication
If you have any questions or would like an appointment please call 320-484-4400 or 320-484-4417.