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Archives for March 2019

Celebrating National Doctor’s Day Saturday, March 30th

Celebrating all our physicians that provide outstanding care, to all our patients, March 30th, which is National Doctor’s Day. We recognize you today but thank you every day for the expert care you provide.

Doctors' Day

We are Here for You

Feel good in your neighborhood with a team of 26,000 supporting you.A Team of 26,00 Supporting You

The partnership between Hutchinson Health, HealthPartners and Park Nicollet gives you access to more of the best care.

And it’s all right here in Hutchinson

In addition to our own local experts, even more specialists travel here from the Twin Cities. Local appointments are available with doctors from Park Nicollet and Methodist Hospital.

We Come to You, Not the Other Way Around

With 26,000 team members across our region, we’ll find the perfect care team for you and your family.

Learn more or schedule an appointment today. Call 320-234-3290.


Dr. Mulder’s grandchildren and cabin await

Full article at Crow River Media website.  

Dr. Steven Mulder’s office doesn’t appear big enough to contain his responsibilities as the 10-year president and CEO of Hutchinson Health. The title itself can intimidate, an initial feeling washed away by Mulder’s grin. He smiles often. He takes time to think before speaking. While being CEO of anything sounds life-encompassing, Mulder, who is 67, has plenty going on outside of the hospital.

He loves New Yorker comics, for example. And when he retires next month, he’ll visit his 11 grandchildren, travel around and teach part time as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota.

“We just became the proud owners of a Detroit Lakes cabin last summer,” Mulder said. “We plan to spend more time there.”

It started with his 1995 job at Hutchinson Medical Center’s Winsted branch as a family physician. He transferred to Hutchinson in 2000 to become the full-time medical director. In the ensuing years, he took on additional roles such as vice president of medical affairs, director of clinical services, director of patient safety and finally president and CEO in 2009.

“My transition from clinical to administrative work happened naturally,” he said. “That part has been fun, because I was literally forced to learn something new each day. It keeps you sharp and on your toes.”

Mulder led the hospital in a long list of achievements, including its privatization in 2008. In 2013, Hutchinson Area Health Care and the Hutchinson Medical Center merged into Hutchinson Health. The hospital partnered with HealthPartners in 2018, which led to its upcoming expansion.

“(The merger) broke down some structural barriers between the hospital and the clinic,” Mulder said. “From the outside, our services and processes probably looked fairly seamless to the community. Internally, there were a lot of legal and regulatory barriers we had to get through to make that work.”

Becoming affiliated with HeathPartners was an important milestone for Hutchinson Health, Mulder said.

“We’re demonstrating to the community our commitment to continue to provide high-quality inpatient care to patients who need that care,” he said.

Mulder said he’ll remember his 10-year run fondly.

“(I’m proud of) all staff, from clinical to non-clinical,” he said. “Everyone plays a part in providing great medical care to our community and increasingly trying to promote healthier living in our community. That’s all been done in a culture of empathy and service, and I’m incredibly proud to have been a part of it.”

According to Mulder, the hospital will continue to improve its processes well after his departure on April 11. He said he’ll be watching with great interest as Jim Lyons, his successor, builds on to Hutchinson Health’s achievements.

One bit of advice he imparted to Lyons is “trust your team.”

“Make full use of their talents,” he said. “Keep everybody’s gaze on the strategic goals we’ve all set for ourselves.”

In addition to improvements to Hutchinson Health, Mulder said he wants to see changes in health care systemwide.

“As everyone knows, the cost of health care in our country is too high,” he said. “It’s difficult for one small entity like Hutchinson Health to try to turn that trend around and stabilize and reduce the cost of health care. (HealthPartners) is a leader in trying to lower the cost of health care and make it simpler and more understandable.”

Hutchinson Health, according to Mulder, is a leader in modern health care and will hopefully continue to be.

“We’ve worked hard to develop processes that ensure care that’s driven by evidence-based medical science,” he said. “(Those processes) are also patient-centered and provide the best possible experience to families in often trying situations.”

Lyons will assume his role as president and CEO April 12.


Diabetes Alert Day is Today

American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day® is on March 26, 2019! Observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day “wake-up call” that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk. We encourage you to find out if you – or someone you love – is at risk for type 2 diabetes by taking this quick and simple Diabetes Risk Test.



Going Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness

New President for Hutchinson Health

We are pleased to announce that James (Jim) Lyons will be the new President of Hutchinson Health, effective Friday, April 12.

Jim brings extensive experience in hospital and care group leadership to our team, making him uniquely qualified for this role. He has served in multiple roles with Hutchinson Health dating back to 1996, most recently as our Chief of Clinic Operations. In these roles, he has been instrumental in our work to integrate our hospital and medical group, develop a culture of quality improvement and build strong partnerships with our community.

As a leader, Jim has shown a commitment to improving the health and quality of life for the people of Hutchinson and the surrounding communities. He is a past board member for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and continues to serve as a member of their audit and finance committee. He also spent eight years as a steering committee member for Heart of Hutch and has been a board member and Vice Chair of the I.J. Burich Family Foundation for the past ten years. Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and has practiced as a certified public accountant.

On a personal note, Jim and his wife, Shannon, have been married 28 years and have four children. Jim has coached youth sports and led youth trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. He enjoys outdoor activities including camping and visiting State and National Parks.

Please join us in welcoming Jim to this new role, and extending our deep appreciation and gratitude once again to Dr. Steve Mulder for his years of leadership of the organization. We wish him well as he retires from a remarkable 37-year career of service to this community.


Celebrating our Board Certified Nurses

Nurse in hospital room

Hutchinson Health Celebrates Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by Honoring the 18 Board Certified Nurses on its Staff

Hutchinson Health is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, on March 19, by honoring its board-certified nurses. The following nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:

  • Maureen Lowden, RNC:  Inpatient Obstetrical Nurse
  • Nicole Kuttner, IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Janelle Walter, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Lee Krenik, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Lindsey Vacek, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Teresa Smith, ACNS-BC:  Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Holly Oestreich, CDE:  Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Carol Lorenz, CDE:  Certified Diabetes Educator
  • Cassie Carlson, CEN:  Certified Emergency Nurse
  • Renee Kurth, CAN:  Certified Anticoagulation Nurse
  • Deidra Jeseritz, CAN:  Certified Anticoagulation Nurse
  • Alyssa Kurth, CAN:  Certified Anticoagulation Nurse
  • Heidi Nelson, RN-BC:  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification
  • Kris Peterson, RN-BC:  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification
  • Penny Wachlarowicz, RN-BC:  Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Certification
  • Sue Alrick, ONC:  Oncology Certified Nurse
  • Shari Heinen, ONC:  Oncology Certified Nurse
  • Susan Karnitz, NEA-BC: Nurse Executive Advanced

Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. Nursing, like health care in general has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.

Hutchinson Health encourages national board certification for all its nurses. Patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or their primary care provider. There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA).

Please join Hutchinson Health and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done!


We are Here for You

Feel good in your neighborhood of a partnership that gives you more

A Partnership that Gives You More

More specialty care, more doctors, more access.

Schedule an appointment today. Call 320-234-3290.


Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 11-16

Hutchinson Health celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week March 11-15.

We celebrate this week and strive to provide this every day.


Patient Safety Awareness

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, over 2,200 Minnesotans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  And sadly, more than 700 die from it. Colon cancer is in fact the number 2 cancer killer in the United States as a whole — even though it’s 90 percent curable if caught early.

That’s why getting screened for this cancer is so important. The American Cancer Society says regular screenings should start at age 45 for African Americans and Native Americans, who are at higher risk for the disease. And screening should start at age 50 for all other races and ethnicities, since risk increases with age across the board.

In Minnesota, though, only 71 percent of the adults who have reached these ages are getting timely screenings.  And screening rates among populations of color are even lower at only 56.2 percent.

We are going blue at our entrance of our Cancer Center to create awareness. Create awareness and get screened.

Ask your provider today!

Blue lights at the Hutchinson Cancer Center entrance for Colon Cancer Awareness