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Dr. Dean Nissen Retiring After 33 Years

Dr. Dean NissenJune 1, 2018 marks the end of Dr. Dean Nissen’s 33 years as a family practice physician at Hutchinson Health as he is retiring. Patients may still find him in Urgent Care occasionally, but for the most part as of June 1st he will be retired. Dr. Nissen will be missed by his patients and the Hutchinson Health employees.

Thank You Dr. Nissen

His dedication to patient and caring approach will be remembered. Medicine appealed to Dr. Dean Nissen because it is a “helping profession.” He selected Family Medicine as a specialty because he can work with patients of all ages, and with a variety of medical problems.

I enjoy interacting with my patients. Also, seeing people get better, and helping families get through difficult situations. – Dr. Dean Nissen

He and his wife, Carol, enjoy living in Hutchinson and spending time with their family. Dr. Nissen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and did his residency at LaCrosse Wisconsin/ Mayo Family Practice.

Thank you Dr. Nissen for you many years of service in the Hutchinson Health community.


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New Pulmonologist Seeing Patients in Hutchinson

Dr. Jon Shelvers, pulmonologist from HealthPartners, is now seeing patients at Hutchinson Health. His super, upbeat personality was evident this week as he presented to some of our physicians and staff. He grew up in Spicer, MN and is excited to be seeing patients in the vicinity of his old stomping grounds. He normally sees patients at Park Nicollet and Methodist and is looking forward to helping patients with breathing and lung problems in this area. If you have any unexpected shortness of breath, known lung disease, asthma, COPD, or pulmonary nodules he is the specialist for you. To make an appointment call 320-234-3290.


It’s a Boy! Meet Spencer Our Newest Addition

Our newest addition to Hutchinson Health wasn’t delivered in our BirthCare Center, but his greatest contributions will be what he delivers!

Meet “Spencer” our newest member of Hutchinson Health Lab Department. He keeps specimens cool while transferring them throughout the facility. He allows us to spend more focused time with our patients.

Get a peek at Spencer in this video, see him at work, and give him a little wave if you pass him in the hallway.

Cardiac Walk Reunion

Cardiac Rehab Reunion Walk 2018 was a huge success. Thank you to all the sponsors that donated door prizes, swag, and treats. The patient stories and team of care givers make this program successful for entire community. Thank you to the 2 speakers for sharing their personal stories.



Top 5 Name Winners Picked

The top five winners have been determined. Thank you to everyone who submitted names. It was hard narrowing them down. There were many entries with the same name and they were grouped together and a winner was drawn for that name.
Drum role please:
Lisa Eltgroth —- Spencer (specimen dispenser)
Jackie Russel—- DAVE (Delivering a valuable element)
Kasie Thomas—–BOB (Blood on board)
Karen Klatt—— Scooter
Kathryn Hultgren—-Savie, Savey, Savvie
I have a $20 Target card for you. For the non employees please contact me: rmaher@hutchhealth.com

New Robot makes KEYC TV Mankato

News story with video.



Celebrating Employee Anniversaries

May is the time we celebrate the monumental anniversaries of our employees. A luncheon honoring our

5, 10, 15, 20 , 25, 30, and 35 (not pictured) year employees was held at the Crow River Golf Club.

Thank you to our employees for their dedication to our patients in every role possible from physicians, billing, dining, and administrative.  They make us Hutchinson Health.




























May is National Stroke Awareness Month

What are the signs and symptoms of a stroke?

Someone having a stroke may experience only one, or several of these warning signs:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

How can I lower my risk of stroke?

  • High Blood Pressure: The most important risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure, also called hypertension. In 2013, almost 27% of Minnesota adults report they have high blood pressure (2013 data).
  • High Blood Cholesterol: People with higher levels of total cholesterol are more likely to have ischemic strokes. About 33% of adults in Minnesota report they have high blood cholesterol (2013 data).
  • Controlling your blood pressure and high blood cholesterol by making healthier choices and taking medications decreases your chance of having a stroke.
  • Atrial Fibrillation (AFib): Individuals with AFib – a type of irregular heartbeat — are four to five times more likely to have an ischemic stroke. An estimated 2.7 million Americans have condition. If you have AFib, take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Cigarette Smoke: Smoking doubles the risk of ischemic stroke, and may increase the risk for hemorrhagic stroke up to four times. Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke nearly doubles the risk of stroke. If you smoke, ask your doctor about ways to quit. In 2014, 16.3% of Minnesota adults were current smokers.
  • Physical Inactivity: Daily physical activity reduces the risk of stroke. People who don’t exercise at all are more likely to have a stroke. Less than 21% of Minnesota adults get enough exercise (2013), and 20% of adults in Minnesota get no exercise at all (2014).
  • Overweight and Obesity: Strokes happen more often in people who are overweight or obese. Keeping a healthy weight through exercise and healthy eating improves many stroke risk factors.
  • Diabetes: Strokes happen two to four times more often in people with diabetes. People with diabetes can lower their risk of stroke by controlling their blood pressure and cholesterol.

Info from the MDH.

Name our Robot

Hutchinson Health’s Lab department will now have a robot transferring specimens throughout our facility. You may see “it” rolling thru our hallways making transfers between our clinics and hospital. The robot programmers are here mapping it’s course and our layout. Now to name “it”.
Hutchinson Health is having a contest. Feel free to submit your suggestions by:
*Commenting to any of our facebook posts or to our page
*Suggestion box in the Central Waiting room at the clinic

If the same is name submitted by multiple people, and it is chosen, we will draw from all those that submitted it.
The top 5 picks will be awarded $20. Contest ends May 14th.

Leadership Donation

Hutchinson Health’s Leadership Team had an offsite training last week and also collected donations for the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter.

heart of mn animal shelter donation