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Archives for September 2018

Cold, Flu and Gastroenteritis – What are the differences?

This is a common time of year for people to get sick with a variety of illnesses. Understanding the differences between a cold, the flu, and gastroenteritis can help you determine what kind of care you need.

Difference Between a Cold and the Flu

The common cold and influenza are both respiratory illnesses that can have similar symptoms, but they are caused by different viruses. The similarities can make it hard to tell the difference, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the flu is worse than a cold, with symptoms being more intense. The flu often includes a fever, sore throat, body aches and more, while a cold often less of these symptoms and includes a runny or stuffy nose.

Difference Between Influenza and Stomach Flu

As stated earlier influenza, known as the flu is a respiratory illness, while gastroenteritis, commonly referred to as the “stomach flu” is an inflammation of the stomach or intestines that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Gastroenteritis is often caused by Norovirus, a germ that spreads quickly.

What Kind of Care Do You Need?

  • Influenza – If you have influenza, the CDC states that most will recover with rest and time, but people that are very sick or in a high risk group will need medical attention. There are prescription medications that can help treat influenza in high risk patients and you can check with your provider for options.
  • Cold – If you have a cold, get rest and appropriate over-the-counter medications for comfort are the recommended treatment. There aren’t prescription medications available to treat a cold.
  • Gastroenteritis – The stomach flu is also an illness that just needs time to process. Prescription medication is not available to treat this ailment. Get rest, stay hydrated and wash your hands.

Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

It isn’t too late. They are still available, and may help you avoid getting sick.

Overall, if you have a cold or gastroenteritis it is best to get rest and limit your contact with others to minimize the spread of the illness. If you have influenza, being seen by a medical professional can be a good idea. If symptoms continue to worsen, or complications arise always seek out medical attention.

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Disaster Drill at Hutchinson Health Tuesday, September 25th

Disaster Drill – September 25, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm

Hutchinson Health is participating in a mass casualty disaster drill with area partners on September 25th from 5:30-7:30pm. The drill objectives are to:

  • Test our disaster triaging system
  • Test our processes in the disaster treatment areas
  • Practice setting up the family assistance center
  • Test communications with Law Enforcement and EMS
  • Test the hospital incident command structure and emergency operations
  • Test emergency communications to off duty staff for assistance

This is a great way for us to practice so we are ready in the event it is ever needed to be instigated.

This is a great opportunity to collaborate with our community partners to refine our processes for mass casualty events.  The following entities are participating in the drill:


  • Allina EMS
  • Cosmos Ambulance
  • Gold Cross Ambulance
  • LifeLInk
  • North Memorial



  • Cosmos Fire
  • Dassel Fire/Rescue
  • Hutchinson Fire
  • Litchfield Fire
  • Litchfield Rescue



  • Hicks Bus
  • Litchfield Schools

Law Enforcement

  • Hutchinson Police Department
  • Litchfield Police Department
  • McLeod County Sheriff’s Office
  • Meeker County Sheriff’s Office
  • State Patrol – McLeod
  • State Patrol – Meeker



  • Meeker County Highway



  • Hutchinson Health
  • Meeker Memorial Hospital


Thanks in advance for your participation in this disaster drill! Your involvement will help Hutchinson Health prepare for future events.

New Urgent Care Opens September 25th

Urgent Care will be open seven days a week from 8:00am to 7:00pm.

Hutchinson Health’s newly remodeled Urgent Care will be opening on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Located in the Northeast area of Hutchinson Health.

To make an appointment at either Hutchinson Health Clinic or Urgent Care, call 320-234-3290

All patients arriving at Urgent Care will be seen by a triage nurse through our Care That Fits service, helping provide the appropriate level of care, assessing urgency, and identifying when Emergency Care is necessary. While patients should attempt to pick the most suitable option for treatment right away, a severely injured or seriously ill patient will be assessed and quickly sent to the emergency room.

When Should You Choose Hutchinson Health Clinic, Urgent Care or Emergency Room Care?

Emergency Room

Emergency care is the best choice for more life-threatening medical needs. Immediately go to the Emergency Room or call 911 for things such as difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, heart attack or stroke symptoms, serious head or eye injuries, severe burns, poisoning, and suspected drug overdose. Emergency Rooms are equipped to handle more serious cases and provide an entire medical team to respond to the emergency situation.

Urgent Care

If suspect your medical situation is an emergency and you would not contemplate calling 911, then Urgent Care may be the option for you to choose first. A triage nurse will help you assess the situation and get you to the level of care that best fits your need.  Hutchinson Health Urgent Care provides the type of acute medical care or routine injury treatment that a primary care physician would usually perform in a clinic visit and sees patients in the order of severity.


If your medical needs are less immediate and you want to insure you see your primary care physician, it’s best to make an appointment at the clinic. Also, if your illness or medical need is less urgent and it’s during clinic hours, call to schedule an appointment or ask to see an open care physician. Our scheduling staff can often help you find a provider with availability within a short amount of time.


Hutchinson Health Newborns are Vikings Fan from the Start

Thanks to the Minnesota Vikings every newborn born on Vikings Game Days at Hutchinson Health BirthCare will become instant fans.

The following items will be included in the Vikings Newborn Kit:
• Welcome Letter/Information Sheet
• Vikings-branded Halo Swaddle
• Baby Milestone Stickers
There is no cost to participate in the Vikings Newborn Fan Club.

Please remember parents to share photos using #VikingsNewborn.


Vikings Game Day NewBorn package