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Inpatient Unit Expansion Progress – Aerial View

Expansion Construction Progress

The new Inpatient Unit expansion at Hutchinson Health is in progress. Groundbreaking was completed in spring 2019 and construction crews are making steady progress on the 17,600 square foot addition. More details about the Inpatient Unit expansion are available in the project news release.

October 2019 Progress Video

Each day the construction area looks different as excavation work is completed and building materials get put into place. Check out the expansion progress as of October 17, 2019, in the aerial view video below.

Hutchinson Health is extremely excited about what this new area will offer for our patients and the community. Stay tuned for future updates.

Celebrating our Employees

During National Health Care Week we celebrate our dedicated employees and their years of service to our patients.

A big shout out to the 5 year employees all the way through our 45 years of service to Linda Ziemer. Thank you for all you do each and every day!

5 Year employees






5 Year

Row 1:  Jennifer Rozeboom, Tammie Dehn, Heather Stoffregen, Kate Smith, Tanisha Olson, Jennifer Wieland, Jodi Kieser

Row 2:  Susan Bebo, Kim Bah, Kati Klitzke, Melanie Schroeder, Jeremy Mohs, Mallory Hunt, Cheri Wahl, Kim Chastek, Denise Schuft

Not pictured: Emily Danielson, Andrea Huseby, Jeri Meyer, Nicole Schmieg, Briana Peterson, Terri Goldschmidt, Emily Walters, Lindsey Vacek, Rita Wendlandt, Cindy Dikmen, Michelle Flatten-Kabwe, Erika Koivukangas, Amanda Majeski, Alesha Radtke, Sarah Murphy, Breanna Whitcomb, Kim Schauer


10 year employees






10 year

Crystal Olson, Megan Putzier

Not pictured: Kasie Thomas, Beth Crandall, Theresa Bowman, Beth Dammann, Jen Schauer, Sarah Hannah, Lori Waldera


15 year employees






15 year

Row 1:  Kristin Ehlers, Amy VanderVoort, Renee Dorn, DeeAnn Hartsuiker, Linda Hoof

Row 2:  Lisa Neppl, Theresa Skrove, Jim Posusta, Mary Hendrickson, Paula Baert

Not pictured: Kristin Dahlke, Traci Plombon, Michele Ailie, Josh Shorter, Beth Schwecke


20 year employees






20 year

Row 1:  Michelle Gens, Sue Steuck, Lisa Trapp, Lisa Witt

Row 2:  Becky Streich, Becky Prokosch, Bill Lorenz, Stacy Anfinson, Rhonda Helmbrecht

Not pictured: Natalie Polacco, Lori Chvojicek, Kristy Anderson, Dawn Schultz


25 year employees






25 year

Jenny Tillmann, Jamie Wiechmann, Heidi Terning, Amy Rannow, Melissa Lemke, Jim Lyons

Not pictured:  Karen Johnson


30 year employees






30 year

Row 1:  Lynette Drape, Pam Larson, Pam Larson, Jackie Pagenkopf

Row 2:  LeeAnn Hauer, Leah Hoversten, Jodi Kjolhaug, Vickie Lueck, Linda Landon, Jim Lyons


35 year employees





35 year

Connie Eggert, Lois Mathews, Diane Benson, Mark Thorson, Linda Winn, Jim Lyons


40 year employees






40 year

Val Murphy, Jim Lyons, Dana Engelmann


45 year employees






45 year

Linda Ziemer, Jim Lyons

Cardiac Walk 2019

Cardiac Rehab Annual Walk was a huge success. This group has a lot of heart! Thanks to Janet and Shelley for their commitment to our Cardiac Rehab program and in helping patients get back to enjoying life and activities!







Learn tips at Day to Reach Camp

"Day to REACH" Football Camp parent session Thursday, June 20th 2019 from 10:15am-10:45am.Come hear nutrition advice and tips from Emma Schalow, dietitian and nutritionist at Hutchinson Health, at the Day to Reach Football Camp. Everyone welcome! Thursday, June 20th from 10:15am – 10:45am at the Hutchinson High School Commons.

Learn some tips on healthy, quick snacks, when/what to drink to stay hydrated, and quick and easy dinner ideas for the family on the run.


Apraxia Awareness

Wearing blue to raise awareness for Apaxia .







May 1 Arial Video of Inpatient Unit Project

Excited to share the video of our Inpatient Unit Construction Project one month in to the project.


Hutchinson Health Clinic Parking Lot Construction

The south entrance to the Hutchinson Health Clinic is being repaved starting tomorrow through May 10th. The driveway will be accessible, just use caution as it will be one lane for entering and exiting. Thank you for your patience during this project.​

May is Celiac Awareness Month

I’m Peg Christenson, Registered Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, at Hutchinson Health, with Wellness Wisdom. May is National Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac Disease is a complex autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine after the ingestion of gluten containing grains.

When people with Celiac Disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage of the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body. Celiac disease is hereditary. People with a first-degree relative with Celiac Disease have a 1 in 10 risk of developing Celiac Disease. (

Common Foods That Contain Gluten are:

Pastas, noodles, breads and pastries, crackers, baked goods, cereal and granola (corn flakes and rice puffs often contain malt extract/flavoring) breakfast foods (pancakes, waffles, biscuits) breading and coating mixes, croutons, sauces & gravies (many use wheat flour as a thickener) flour tortillas, beer (unless explicitly gluten-free) and any malt beverages, Brewer’s Yeast, and anything that uses “wheat flour” as an ingredient.

Gluten Free Foods include:

Fruits, vegetables, fresh meats and fish, milk, oatmeal (gluten-free), eggs, nuts and seeds, cheese, popcorn, chips (100% corn or potato that do not contain malt vinegar or wheat starch), and any food that is Gluten Free (GF) certified. The following grains and other starch-containing foods are naturally gluten-free: rice, cassava, corn, soy, potato, tapioca, beans, sorghum, quinoa, millet, buckwheat groats (kasha), arrowroot, amaranth, teff, flax, chia, yucca, gluten-free oats, and nut flours. (

Non-food items may also contain gluten such as cosmetics, dietary supplements, medicines, and Play-dough. It is imperative that people with Celiac Disease review ingredient lists before using a product.

Cross-contamination is another area of concern and occurs when foods or ingredients come into contact with gluten, generally through shared utensils or a shared cooking/storage environment. An example of this is: a toaster that is used for both gluten-free and regular bread or deep fried foods cooked in oil shared with breaded products.

If left untreated, Celiac Disease can lead to additional serious health problems. These include the development of other autoimmune disorders, dermatitis herpetiformis (an itchy skin rash), anemia, osteoporosis, infertility and miscarriage, neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines, and intestinal cancers. Currently, the only treatment for Celiac Disease is lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. (

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