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Archives for April 2018

Visitor Restrictions Now Lifted

Hutchinson Health is happy to announce that flu cases are finally dropping for the 2017/2018 season.  For that reason we are able to lift our visitor restrictions if you are wanting to visit patients that are hospitalized.  As always, please avoid visiting patients if you are unwell as it may compromise their health.

Celebrating Medical Lab Professionals Week

Celebrating our lab staff during Medical Lab Professionals Week
Our clinic and hospital lab teams work together to draw and process all our samples. Shout out to their role in our patients healthcare.

Random Acts of Kindness

April Wellness Wisdom

Wellness Wisdom
I’m Peg Christenson, Registered Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, at Hutchinson Health with Wellness Wisdom. Eating healthy can be easy, tasty and inexpensive if you stick to some simple guidelines. It’s all about making smart choices to build an overall healthy dietary pattern. Here are some simple ways you and your family can eat healthier: include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, fish and skinless poultry, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, and healthier fats and non-tropical oils. Select leaner cuts of meats. Limit sweets and added sugars, sodium, saturated fat, and fatty or processed meats. Avoid trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils.
Additional Tips:
Read labels. Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils.
Watch your calories. To maintain a healthy weight, eat only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, take in fewer calories or burn more calories.
Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served when eating out.
Don’t dismiss entire food groups. Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
Cook and eat at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients and preparation methods.
Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy eating pattern.
Best wishes on making small changes that will last a lifetime!
Source used: American Heart Association

Hearing Aids and Evaluations Available at Hutchinson Health

If you’re experiencing problems with your hearing, or question if you may have some hearing loss, Hutchinson Health is here to support your needs.

Woman with hearing loss and hearing aids

Our Doctor of Audiology offers hearing evaluations and works closely with our ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) Specialist to help diagnose and treat a variety of hearing related issues.

Approximately 37.5 million Americans suffer from hearing loss

In cases where hearing loss isn’t treatable by medical or surgical procedures, hearing aids are a way for you to live a healthy, full, and active lifestyle. Hearing plays an important role in maintaining relationships, engaging in stimulating conversation, and preserving the level of lifestyle to which you’re accustomed.

How do you know if a hearing evaluation is necessary? If you want to have your hearing checked or suspect you may have some hearing loss, make an appointment for a hearing evaluation.

The following are signs that your hearing should get checked and may need hearing aids:

  • Others seem to mumble or are hard to understand
  • Trouble hearing people in loud, public places
  • Noticeable ringing or buzzing that is sporadic or constant in your ears
  • Tend to ask people to repeat themselves often
  • Checkout of conversations because they are hard to follow

If you’re experiencing hearing loss, know there is help close to home! Make an appointment at Hutchinson Health to get your hearing checked or be fitted with new hearing aids. No referral necessary.

Toni Peterson, OTR/L,CFCE

Toni Peterson, OTR/L,CFCE is on Hutchinson Health’s Occupational Rehabilitation team. Why did she choose occupational therapy?
“I have been an occupational therapist(OT) for 26 years. When considering a future, the discussion of the OT field intrigued me (yes discussion, remember back then there wasn’t the internet to check out, what is OT?) Learning more about how we as humans function, and how I can help in so many different ways as an OT to assist individuals improve their quality of life, I thought “that is it, I want to be an OT.” Over the years this occupation has been very rewarding to me. Knowing that I have made a difference in an individual’s life by helping them increase their range of motion and/or strength, improved cognitive skills, teaching them adaptive techniques to help complete their normal daily activities, educating on body mechanics for general life tasks and/or their working environments . To know that I have helped them in any of these areas, making their life more rewarding, is my reward for being an OT. “~ Toni

Andrea Verhey, OTR/L

Andrea Verhey, OTR/L is one of our therapists at Hutchinson Health. Why did she choose occupational therapy??

“I worked at Dassel Lakeside as an nursing assistant in high school and met the OT there, seeing how she worked with her patients to help them get back to caring for themselves so they could return home again interested me, I shadowed her several times and explored the requirements to become an OT through my high school guidance counselor. I loved health, psychology, anatomy, and biology and they were many of the core classes needed, so that became my goal. I was accepted to U of M program after 2 years of pre-professional programming at SCSU, I graduated from U of M in 2005 with my BS in Occupational Therapy.”~ Andrea

Hutchinson Health and HealthPartners – Advancing the quality of care in our community together

Signing paper Hutchinson Health is pleased to announce that on Monday, April 2, 2018, we entered into an official partnership with HealthPartners that will allow us expand patient access to specialty providers and advance the quality of care in our communities of Hutchinson and Dassel.

Our affiliation with HealthPartners will provide future opportunities for our patients, facility, technology, physicians, staff, and community. While we’re excited for new specialties and resources to be available at Hutchinson Health, some things will not change. We will retain our name and maintain local control through our dedicated board of directors.

The Hutchinson Leader shared our story and the prior research that went into this decision.

Dr. Steven Mulder, our President and CEO, shared his sentiments, “I want people to understand that Hutchinson Health is really excited about the opportunity that this partnership presents. It’s going to be a watershed for health care and health in Hutchinson with the breadth and depth of services that are available … We’re really anxious to collaborate and learn.”

Hutchinson Health leadership, along with our physicians and staff are committed to building long-term patient relationships built on trust, advancing the health of our patients, and providing an outstanding experience for every patient, every time. We look forward to working collaboratively alongside HealthPartners to offer exceptional medical care and services.

group of excited people

Celebrating Patient Access Week

Celebrating Hutchinson Health’s Patient Access Staff this week. These staff members are responsible for answering our phones and greeting you in reception at all of our locations. They help you schedule your appointments and get messages to your provider. They are the first contact and face of our organization. Shout out to all of them for their commitment and dedication.

Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month this April

Celebrating Hutchinson Health’s Occupational Therapists in April.
Our team of therapists is part of an important profession that helps people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do in regard to their everyday activities. Their holistic and customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes can help a child with disabilities participate in school and in social situations, assist a person recovering from injuries to regain skills, aid an older adult to stay as independent as possible, and offer the specialized support and services to people of all ages and in all circumstances that only occupational therapy can provide. Shout out to our dedicated team.