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Archives for April 2019

Spring allergies are Here

Dr. Andrew Nickels“This time of year brings with it seasonal allergies. First the trees pollenate and in May, the grass pollen comes out in full force. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery, red eyes. For those with asthma, the allergy season can bring increased asthma symptoms as well. There are great medicines, some over the counter like antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays, and some prescriptions, that can help control these symptoms. Allergy shots can be helpful to improve symptom control and decrease the need for medications.”

– Dr. Andrew Nickels, allergist at Hutchinson Health. Call 320-484-4720 to schedule an appointment with him if you are experiencing symptoms.


Free Disposal of Needles

Free needle disposal on May 2, 2019 from 12:30PM - 5:30PM at the GRHS parking lot.

Free needle disposal on May 2, 2019 from 12:30PM – 5:30PM.

Glencoe Hospital North Parking Lot – Watch for signs
1085 Hennepin Ave N. Glencoe

Needles must be in a screw top, hard plastic container. If needles are not brought in proper containers they will not be accepted. All needles, sharps and epi-pens accepted.

Volunteers and law enforcement will be present to help guide, process and answer questions but will not help carry, handle or touch your container(s) of needles.


Kindness Celebration Day

Content contributed by Bo Young, community volunteer for Connect Wholeheartedly.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” — Aesop

Kindness is not something that demands hard work. It originates from the simple act of doing no harm to others. It involves judging less, as kindness is rooted in empathy and acceptance. The Oxford Dictionary defines kindness as the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.

The Hutchinson Connect Wholeheartedly Committee has discussed the impact of kindness in our community and beyond. As we took some time to reflect on all the random and intentional acts of kindness that have taken place over the past year, we realized that the list appears to have no end. It is easy to get caught up in all of the negativity and despair that surrounds us on a daily basis, however, there is evidence of more good in the world if you seek it. Wherever you see pain and devastation, you often see kindness in response. Here are a few examples:

  • Operation Hope provides supplies, love and support for the homeless in Minneapolis.
  • The Kindness Rocks program hides painted rocks throughout communities for others to discover.
  • Park Elementary decorated classroom doors with inspiring messages of kindness.
  • Several benefits were hosted to raise money for families dealing with medical and financial hardships.
  • Reagan’s 2018 Kindness Campaign resulted in hundreds of people coming together in an effort to promote random acts of kindness and to stand up to bullying.
  • The United Way of McLeod County promoted the Minnesota United Acts of Kindness Week.
  • Laundry Love spreads the message of hope as they fund loads of laundry at a local laundromat every month.
  • Students from Maplewood Academy spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day serving others.
  • Last year on May 1, Allina Emergency personnel and the Hutchinson Police Department enjoyed treats provided by some grateful Hutchinson residents to thank them for their services.
  • Hutchinson Rotary members collect crutches for people in Africa and offer professional services in Guatemala and Kenya.
  • Volunteers have mobilized to help communities affected by recent flooding.

There are countless other examples of local heroes making the world a better place.

Acts such as saying thank you, holding a door, shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, supporting a friend and calling a family member may be simple, but they also matter and are often duplicated. Not to be forgotten, kindness includes being kind to yourself. Research also proves that showing kindness to others is just as rewarding as receiving it from someone else.

Hutchinson’s annual Kindness Celebration Day is May 1.


It’s a day to focus on doing things for others and practicing kindness. Take this day to volunteer, listen to understand and be intentional about brightening someone’s day. You don’t need to sacrifice your beliefs to be kind. Perhaps try to see the world from a different perspective. If we are kind and polite, it may be possible for the world to be right. You have the capacity to be someone’s hero and the world needs you and your smile.


Connect to the event on Facebook and share your acts of kindness with others.

The best opportunity we have to change lives is to spread more kindness in our corner of the world. Do it May 1 and every day. Pay it forward, make a difference and our entire community will benefit.

Find more information about how to champion kindness here.

Patient and Family Advisory Committee Report

The Patient and Family Advisory Committee at Hutchinson Health has served as invaluable resource in a volunteer capacity since 2016.

PFAC members provide feedback and ideas from a patient and family perspective that helps shape the future of our organization. Each year we provide a snapshot of the work done as part of our mission to enhance transparency, and compile a report which is now complete.

Mother sitting on couch with two toddlers looking at a tablet device

Read our PFAC Report and Learn How to Get Involved

Visit the Patient Family Engagement page for more information and download the 2018 PFAC report.

Patient Family Engagement at Hutchinson Health

Dr. Mulder receives the Good Catch Award

Dr. Steven Mulder is officially retired as of last Friday. During his last week at Hutchinson Health he received the Good Catch Award, from the Minnesota Hospital Association. It was a well deserved recognition for him as he moves to his next chapter of life. Dr. Mulder spent many years working towards the betterment of health care for the entire state. As he now shifts to being an adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota, he will continue to influence medical students as they train. Good Luck Dr. Mulder in your new endeavors.

Dr. Mulder receiving the Good Catch award

We are Here for You

We’re growing to give you more.

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 the last year, we’ve made major changes here in town. We opened Hutchinson Health Cancer Center and expanded Hutchinson Health Urgent Care. We want families to have convenient access to essential care and services.

More changes are coming in 2019

This year we’re adding new specialty services, including plastic surgery, pulmonology, rheumatology and more. We’re also adding a new wing with more patient rooms for medical and surgical inpatient care.

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


Diane Muckenhirn to speak at Senior Center

Diane Muckenhirn, MSN, CNP will be speaking at the Senior Center Wednesday, April 24th at 10:30am. She will be speaking about skin cancer, some of the signs and symptoms with time for questions. Get the information so you are prepared for summer sun!

Headshot of Diane Mckerhirn

Light It Up Blue

World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2019

Our Pediatric staff all wore blue to celebrate. We celebrate World Autism Awareness Day each year on April 2. This internationally recognized day was designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about those diagnosed with autism around the globe and is also called “Light It Up Blue.”

Employees posing for a photo on World Autism Awareness Day

April Wellness Wisdom

This is Peg Christenson, Registered Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, from Hutchinson Health with Wellness Wisdom. April is National Pecan Month so be sure to try a handful of these delicious tree nuts! Did you know that pecans are the only tree nut that grows naturally in North America? The name “pecan” is a Native American word of Algonquin origin that was used to describe “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.” It is said that Native Americans first cultivated the pecan tree. (https://tinyurl.com/yxavcfb2)

I remember visiting a pecan farm when I lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Pecan harvesting is fascinating! Machines called shakers hold and shake the trees causing the nuts to fall on the ground. Next a sweeping machine picks up the pecans; ejecting debris out the back of the machine. Pecans are more popular than ever being used in cereal, granola, breads, pies, salads, sandwich fillings, ice cream, as a coating for fish, as a snack, along with many other applications. In fact, today I had Pecan Crusted Tilapia for lunch and it was fabulous!

Pecans are chock full of goodness  ; containing more than 19 vitamins and minerals and touted as highest in antioxidants of all nuts by the USDA. (USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference) Pecans are sodium free, provide fiber and are also rich in protein and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats; all great reasons to enjoy a handful. Pecans are also calorie dense, so only one to two ounces a day is recommended.  20 halves = 1 ounce.

The FDA reviewed nut nutrition and states “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.” (https://tinyurl.com/y3hzdchy) 

When buying pecans, look for plump pecans that are uniform in color and size. To keep pecans fresh and flavorful keep in airtight containers, such as jars with lids, if storing in the refrigerator. Sealed plastic bags are best for storing pecans in the freezer. Shelled pecans can be kept in the refrigerator for about nine months and for up to two years in the freezer.

So try to work this powerhouse of a nut into your menus or just as a snack and enjoy all the great benefits. The recipe below is from https://ilovepecans.org. Be sure you check out their 75th Anniversary Cookbook. Happy National Pecan Month! Who knows maybe you’ll be nutty for nuts like me!

Sources used: ilovepecans.org, USDA, and FDA

Pecan Granola Parfait


·         2 cups Greek yogurt

·         4 Tbsp. honey

·         2 cups strawberries, sliced

·         1 cup pecan nut crunch (recipe follows)


Pecan Nut Crunch

·         1 cup pecan halves

·         1 cup almonds, sliced

·         1 cup pumpkin seeds

·         ½ cup sunflower seeds

·         ¼ cup chia seeds

·         6 Tbsp. maple syrup

·         1 tsp. vanilla extract

·         1 tsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

1.        In a large bowl, combine the nuts and seeds. Drizzle with maple syrup and vanilla extract. Sprinkle with cinnamon and toss until well coated.

2.        Spray a parchment lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Spread the nut mixture in a single layer onto the baking sheet.

3.       Bake in a preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown, being careful not to burn the nuts. Remove the nut crunch from the oven and let cool.

4.       To serve Pecan Nut Crunch, break into pieces and enjoy!

Recipe from ILovePecans at https://ilovepecans.org/pecan-granola-parfait/


Ground Breaking Video 4/1/19

Watch our snow ground breaking video of our new Inpatient Unit below.