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Hutchinson Health Supports Food Drive Month

full-color-logo-768x380Drop off your donations at the Hutchinson Health Clinic and Hospital. Hutchinson Health will match the weight in cash donation up to $500. Our goal is to try and reach 25% of our donation to be healthy food options. We aim to provide your neighbors with the healthiest food possible.


  • Canned fish, such as salmon, tuna and sardines
  • Canned meats, such as chicken and turkey
  • Whole grains, such as quinoa and spelt
  • Rice (brown, wild)
  • Steel-cut or rolled oats
  • Whole grain dry cereals with at least 5 grams fiber/serving
  • Whole grain pastas, such as whole wheat, brown rice flour or quinoa
  • Fruits in natural juice with no sugar added
  • Canned vegetables, low salt or no added salt
  • Canned fruit packed in water versus syrup
  • Canned or boxed low-sodium soups and stews
  • Dried or canned legumes, such as peas, lentils, peanuts and beans
  • Pureed foods, such as sweet potato, pumpkin and applesauce
  • Low-fat dry or shelf-stable milk
  • Nut butters, including peanut, almond, walnut



Healthy Eating Plate

We encourage you to give the best food possible, but also realize you have a budget. If you can afford to donate organic items, great. If not, that’s OK, too. Every donation makes a difference. What’s most important is that we all come together to help our neighbors.


Do You have Achy Legs?

Do your legs swell or ache? Have trouble at night with your legs twitching, cramping or being restless?

Often this is a result of a vein problem in your legs that can be easily corrected with a vein ablation procedure. Dr. Christina Moses and Dr. Joshua Knudtson perform the radiofrequency procedure, commonly called a vein ablation, for this condition. There is no stripping of the veins and no stitches required. During the procedure, the veins are essentially closed and the blood flow is redirected into properly functioning veins. If the veins are not functioning, or have leaky valves, it can cause symptoms such as aching and swelling. An evaluation by one of the surgeons and a mapping ultrasound can determine if you are candidate for this procedure. With this minimally invasive procedure, patients have an easier and quicker recovery than the older methods of vein surgeries.

Renee Hantge, from Hutchinson, is having her second leg done today, and can’t believe how quick and easy this has been. In less than an hour, one leg is complete without stitches or an incision. She was able to have this performed in the clinic surgery area without any sedation. “The recovery was literally nothing compared to the issues I was experiencing prior. Dr. Moses and her staff were so calming and thorough. They explained everything so I could understand it. They were so relaxed and at ease, which made me so comfortable.”

Renee said, “The only side effect from her first leg was that it was unusually cold that first day and I had some bruising.” This may occur, according to Dr. Moses, because fluid is injected around the vein to protect the surrounding structures. Compression socks have become Renee’s best friends since they need to be worn for 1 month after the procedure. She said she was back to work the afternoon after the procedure and back to the health club 3 days later. Renee will be ready for spring and shorts weather for sure!

Leg recovering from vein ablation procedure








Staff checking on leg recovering from vein ablation procedure

Hutchinson Health Diabetes Education ADA Recognized


Hutchinson, MN, February 2, 2018 – The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was awarded to the Hutchinson Health Diabetes Education Program on February 1st, 2018. The program has been certified but must undergo continual processes to maintain its status.  ADA believes that this program offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.

The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These Standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

Programs apply for Recognition voluntarily. Programs that achieve Recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management. “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide, comments, Brenda Birkholz, manager.  “And, of course, it assures the consumer that he or she will likely receive high-quality service.” Education Recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)2017 National Diabetes Statistic Report there are 30.3 million people or 9.4% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 23.1 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7.2 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 18 years or older in 2015.  Diabetes continues to be the seventh leading cause of death in the US in 2015 as it contributed to 252,806 deaths.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association conducts programs in communities nationwide.

For more information on Recognized education programs in your area or other American Diabetes Association programs, call  the ADA office at 1.900.DIABETE (342-2383) or contact the ADA online at

For information on Hutchinson Health’s program call Brenda Birkholz at 320-234-5000.

Our Diabetic Education Staff Carol, Holly and Rachel are here to educate, support and guide you to better health.

Meet Our Providers of the Month

Dr. Moses and Dr. Knudtson

Our General Surgeons, Dr. Christina Moses and Dr. Josh Knudtson are our featured Providers of the Month. Both providers practice a broad spectrum general and same-day surgical procedures; often utilizing minimally invasive techniques to maximize patient comfort and minimize recovery time.


Dr. Christina Moses

Dr. mosesDr. Moses practices broad spectrum general surgery including endoscopy, laparoscopy, soft tissue, endocrine and open procedures.Watch her video and  Learn more about Dr. Moses and the list of surgeries she performs.

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Dr. Josh Knudtson

Josh Knudtson Dr. Knudtson specializes in minimally invasive techniques to treat conditions like vein disease, hernias, gallstones, and GERD/reflux disease. Watch his video and learn more about Dr. Knudtson.

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Hutchinson Health is now providing ImPACT concussion assessments for ages 12 and up

What does ImPACT mean?

ImPACT® stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. It is important to get a baseline test completed before starting an activity.

What is ImPACT?

ImPACT is an objective tool to support trained healthcare providers in making sound return to activity decisions following concussions. It’s a computerized test that measures memory, attention span, visual and verbal problem solving. ImPACT has two primary uses: before the onset of an activity, a baseline test is conducted. In the event of an injury, a post-injury test is administered and compared to the baseline.

Why use ImPACT?

Neurocognitive testing is the “cornerstone” of modern concussion management. It gives healthcare providers objective data to evaluate a patient’s post-injury condition and aids in tracking recovery for safe return to activity.


  • A diagnostic test. ImPACT is one tool that can be used by medical professionals to help measure an individual’s recovery from a concussion.
  • A one step solution to concussions.
  • A preventative tool. Nothing can truly prevent concussions.
  • A substitute for medical treatment or management.
  • A replacement for a cat scan, MRI or other medical technology.
  • A home-based test. It should always be administered by a trained healthcare provider.

Contact Hutchinson Health to schedule an ImPACT test.