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Archives for November 2019

Hutchinson Health Cancer Center Receives Press Ganey Award

Hutchinson Health Cancer Center team holding the Press Ganey plaque received for Outstanding Patient ExperienceHutchinson Health is pleased to share that our Cancer Center has been awarded the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Outstanding Patient Experience. This honor highlights those who strive to improve the patient experience and raise the bar on performance each year.

Honoring the Top 5%

This award honors those practices who have reached the 95th percentile and maintained that level for an entire year. It is an impressive accomplishment to break into the top 5%, but to sustain that level for an entire year is truly incredible.

Congratulations!

We want to commend our staff for their teamwork and support, as each patient experience is impacted by every area doing their part and working together. Please join us in celebrating the Hutchinson Health Cancer Center staff on this incredible accomplishment.

Thanksgiving Tidbits

Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated meals of the year, so make it memorable for the right reasons. Follow these food safety tips.

Plan Ahead and Make Space in the Refrigerator.

If buying a fresh turkey purchase it 1 to 2 days before you plan to cook it and place it in the refrigerator, on a tray that can catch any juices that may leak until you are ready to cook.  Frozen turkeys should be thawed in the refrigerator.  Allow 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds

Don’t wash the turkey

Washing the turkey can splash bacteria up to 3 feet contaminating countertops, towels and other food!  Keep raw turkey separated from all other foods and use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils. Wash hands, surfaces, and utensils between each food prep.

Use a Food Thermometer

The only way to determine if your turkey is cooked to the correct internal temperature is to use a food thermometer.  A whole turkey should be checked in 3 locations: the innermost part of the thigh and wing, and the thickest part of the breast. Your thermometer should read 165° F in all 3 places. If it doesn’t continue cooking.

Properly Store Leftovers

Promptly refrigerate leftovers by cutting turkey into smaller slices and placing in shallow containers. Use leftover turkey within 3-4 days or freeze. Reheat thoroughly to 165° F.

If the holiday meal becomes overwhelming USDA has a toll-free hotline open on Thanksgiving Day from 8am to 2pm ET, with live food safety experts available to help in English and Spanish. Call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline or (1-888-674-6854).  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sources: USDA and The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

And with all of that leftover turkey here’s a recipe to help.

 

White Turkey Chili

(Serves 8)

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 4 cups cooked turkey, chopped
  • 2 cans (15.5 oz.) Great Northern beans, drained
  • 2 cans (11 oz.) corn, undrained
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies
  • 4 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

 

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery, cook and stir 2-3 minutes. Place all ingredients in a large saucepan (at least 4 quarts). Stir well. Cover and cook about 15 minutes over medium heat stirring

occasionally until thoroughly heated.

Source: unl.edu  

Patient Testimony for our new online account

Have you heard we have a new online medical record account? It can save you time making appointments and scheduling care. Go to our website to create a new account.
A patient recently shared this:
“I received a letter instructing me on how to create a new online medical record account with Hutchinson Health. I followed the directions and still had trouble setting it up. I called the web support number and they were fabulous at helping me through the steps. In less than five minutes I was able to get it created and start using it. Love the new features and ease of using this new record.”~ Jeannette

PowerUp November Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in November

  • PowerUp Action team meeting

    • We will be helping pack bags for the Backpack program from 2-3pm on November 18th at Common Cup Ministries
  • Parkview Dental Candy Buyback

    • Bring your leftover candy to Parkview Dental Nov 1-5 and receive $1 for every pound. Candy will be sent to service members overseas.
  • Wheel and Cog $2 Tuesdays

    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
  • Rec center indoor playground

    • 9:30-11:30am Monday-Thursday and Saturdays 10am-noon

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

Pros of Peanut Butter

  • It is a great source of protein
  • It contains lots of healthy fats
  • It is very versatile and can be used in sweet or savory dishes
  • It is very nutrient-dense
  • It does not need to be refrigerated so is easy to pack for on the go
  • It is delicious!

Wondering what kind to buy?

Be on the lookout for hydrogenated oils and sugar in your peanut butter. Check the ingredients list- the best peanut butter should contain just peanuts and salt!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine oats and cinnamon in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, oil, and vanilla. Microwave for 30-45 seconds or until peanut butter is melted. Stir together then pour over oats. Stir to combine then spread in an even layer on baking sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before enjoying!

Have a Healthy Holiday

For many people November is a time to reflect on all of the things they are thankful for. It is also a time for stuffing, pie, and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy. Many people struggle finding a balance between maintaining healthy habits while still enjoying the holiday traditions..

Tips for enjoying a healthy Thanksgiving

 

Healthy Holiday Recipes

Balsamic Blue Cheese Brussel Sprouts

  • 1 lb Brussel sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt and pepper
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup craisins
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

Balsamic glaze

  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey

To make the glaze, place vinegar and honey in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut Brussel sprouts in half and toss in olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread out on baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, craisins, and nuts and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (2 servings)

  • 1 apple, diced
  • 2/3 cup apple juice
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking oats

Combine all ingredients except oats in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir in oats and let sit for 1 minute. Top with pumpkin seeds or chopped pecans for a little crunch!

Recipe from food and Health Communications

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Why Vaccinate? It’s Important from Dr. Leah Willson

“In my 33 years of practice, including time in medical missions, I have seen cases of nearly all of the vaccine-preventable illnesses and their complications. These are serious and often life-threatening diseases. They still occur with high frequency in many countries that are only a plane trip away. I have a really hard time understanding why some parents are willing to put their children at risk by not vaccinating–but I guess vaccines have been so effective that many US parents have never watched a child suffering from one of these illnesses.

Any medicine, and any vaccine can cause side effects. Complications from vaccines are reported and carefully tracked. However, in my 33 years of pediatric practice, giving 100,000+ vaccine doses, I have not had a single serious, life-threatening, or disabling vaccine reaction occur. Most reactions are minor and self-limited, and the majority of children have no side effects whatsoever. There have been multiple well-done studies which show beyond a reasonable doubt that there is no connection between vaccines and autism, SIDS, or any chronic medical condition.”~ Dr. Leah Willson, pediatrician

November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month

November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month! This month the holidays go into full swing and what better way to celebrate than with loads of hearty, delicious, and… wait for it… HEALTHY food! That’s right, sweet potatoes fall into all of those categories.  Although people often think of sweet potatoes as a Thanksgiving side dish, these root vegetables are available year-round. They’re becoming more popular too: sweet potato consumption rose by nearly 42% between 2000 and 2016, according to the USDA. (https://tinyurl.com/yyx2v8sf)

The many varieties of sweet potatoes belong to the morning glory family, Convolvulaceae. The skins range in hue from almost white to dark red, with a few types sporting purple skin. Those unusual varieties may also have lavender or purple flesh. But the most common flesh colors range from white to deep orange.

When cooked, some sweet potato varieties stay firm, while others soften. These “soft” varieties are often referred to as yams. But true yams (from the African word nyami) belong to an entirely different plant family related to lilies and grasses.

Here are some of the nutritional facts about this delicious vegetable.

* Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins C and A. Both nutrients are important for immune system support, and maintaining healthy skin, vision, and organs.

*They are full of antioxidants and other nutrients.

*Sweet potatoes are anti-inflammatory, which lowers the risk of nearly every chronic disease, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

* They help support weight loss. They are so filling, it doesn’t even feel like you’re trying to slim down!

Easy recipe: Pierce sweet potato skins several times with a fork. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 400° F until tender, about 45 minutes.

So, whether you’re baking, mashing, or folding… or cutting it into chunks with ground cinnamon sprinkled on top… or enjoying the classic sweet potato pie… It won’t be difficult for you to celebrate Sweet Potato Month!

Source: harvard.edu

 

Orange & Sweet Potato Pork Chops

Source: unl.edu

This recipe is a great source of protein and the sweet potatoes add important vitamin A. Thanks to the orange and cinnamon flavoring, you may be able to skip the salt entirely.

Once you’ve assembled this main dish, you’re free to do something else while it is baking. Read the paper, take a walk, put in a load of wash or just relax! I had company the night I prepared this and it was easy to toss in an extra pork chop and add another sweet potato.

Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients

2 pork chops

1 sweet potato (peeled)

1/2 orange (sliced)

1 dash cinnamon (optional)

1 dash salt (optional)

1 dash black pepper (optional)

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium skillet, brown pork chops in a small amount of oil.

3. Cut sweet potato into 1/2-inch slices.

4. Place meat and sweet potato slices in a baking dish and top with orange slices; sprinkle with seasonings if desired.

5. Cover and bake for 1 hour until meat is tender. Pork is safely cooked when it has been heated to 145 degrees F, followed by a 3 minute rest.

 

Nutrition Facts: Calories, 270; Calories from Fat, 100; Total Fat, 11g; Saturated Fat, 4g; Trans Fat, 0g; Cholesterol, 65 mg; Sodium, 85mg; Total Carbohydrate, 17g; Dietary Fiber, 3g; Sugars, 6g; Protein, 25g.

Good Bye Excellian Hello Epic

Today is the Day!!
Change is always hard but the new system we are implementing will be an upgrade for our patients and staff. To bring a sense of humor to the event our Orthopedic Rehab Staff held a quick funeral for our old system with a grave site of all the instruction manuals that have been our guiding principles for over 6 years. We are NOW Epic and ready to rock!

people around a head stone and grave filled with manuals from old system.

New Electronic Medical Record System

It’s Here!

Hutchinson Health has upgraded our electronic medical record system to make it easier for you to schedule and receive care. It further connects us to HealthPartners and Park Nicollet should you need additional services.  If you want to create a new online account click the blue “Sign in” button to get started.

For your appointments, please bring:

 

 

Please be patient as our staff learns the new, enhanced system.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important

“By adulthood at least 90% of people have been infected by Human papilloma virus [HPV].  HPV is the leading cause of cervical, vulvar, penile, anal, and throat cancers.  Anyone who gets infected has a risk of developing cancer.  Often this infection has no symptoms.  Women can be screened for cervical HPV infection with Pap Smears but there is no screening for men.  We have seen at least a 50% decrease in HPV infections since starting this vaccine.  This is the ONLY vaccine that prevents cancer.  I have never seen a serious adverse event following this vaccine but I have seen people die from the cancers it causes.”~Dr. Tiffany Trenda, pediatrician