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Homemade Cough Syrup

Looking for a homemade, natural cough syrup? Dr. Leah Willson, pediatrician, shares a couple recipes for adults and children. Not intended for babies under 12 months.

Effective Natural Homemade Cough Syrup recipe for children 1 year and older.
1 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
One level teaspoon ginger powder
2 Tablespoons honey
1/8 teaspoon salt (dash)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (dash)
Blend in a blender or food processor until smooth, no lumps of powder. Store in refrigerator.
Can give 1 to 2 teaspoons every 2 hours as needed for cough.

1/4 cup pineapple juice and 1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup honey
Blend well. Store in refrigerator. Can be given as needed for cough.
NOT for children under 12 months.

Dr. Leah Willson

Link to the Live Radio Today with Dr.’s Pollmann and Schrupp

Do you have questions about COVID 19? Hutchinson Health physicians’ Dr. Leah Schrupp and Dr. Brian Pollmann will be sharing information about how we are preparing at our hospital and clinics, on our local radio station 1260 AM KDUZ. Listen in live tomorrow, Thursday, March 26th at 3:35 pm. They will be answering some questions submitted by listeners during the chat. Tune in and hear advice and the latest guidelines.

Miss the interview use this link to hear it again:

Hutchinson Health Coronavirus


3M Donates 1000 Masks

Thank you to 3M for helping keep Hutchinson Health and HealthPartners staff safe, 3M donated 1000 new N95 and R95.that will be used across all our sites. Masks are one of the essential pieces of our personal protective equipment for our staff. Thank you 3M for helping keep us safe and adding to our supply.

Continuing our INR Testing

With our current visitor restrictions in place we are trying to keep healthy patients from needing to be in our facility. Thanks to our Lab Department for being creative on how to continue delivering our patients an option for their INR testing. Starting Monday we will be doing car side testing in our ambulance garage or parking lot near the helipad. We will be calling and scheduling appointments. Follow the signs on where to park.

HealthPartners and Hutchinson Health issue temporary restrictive guidelines for hospital and clinic visitors

HUTCHINSON, Minn. – HealthPartners today issued additional guidelines restricting visitors to its hospitals and clinics.


Effective Wednesday, March 18, visitors will not be allowed in hospitals across the HealthPartners care system, with limited exceptions.

No visitors are allowed in hospitals, with the following exceptions:

  • Newborn, special care nursery and pediatric patients: Parents and/or legal guardians
  • Birth center patients: One support person
  • Compassionate care patients (end of life): Hospital discretion used for exceptions
  • Outpatient and clinic departments on a hospital campus (e.g., cardiology, oncology) will follow clinic visitor guidelines (see below)

Children will not be able to visit for their safety.

“We’re working hard to prevent the spread of the virus, and limiting contact with people who have COVID-19 is an important part of our prevention efforts,” said Mark Sannes, MD, Park Nicollet infectious disease specialist. “We’re applying these guidelines to protect our patients, employees and community.”

Visitors who meet exception criteria will be screened for wellness upon arriving at a facility. If a visitor has a cough, fever, exposure to COVID-19 or positive screening for COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be allowed to visit.

Clinic sites

Effective Tuesday, March 17, the following visitor guidelines apply:

  • Only one person may accompany a patient to a clinic appointment or urgent care visit.
  • All patients and visitors will be screened for symptoms and COVID-19 risk at each visit.
  • Visitors who are sick will not be allowed to accompany the patient.

“We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation during this critical time,” said Dr. Sannes. “We’re encouraging visitors to find other ways to connect with their loved ones when possible, such as FaceTime, Skype or phone calls.”


About Hutchinson Health

Hutchinson Health is a licensed 66-bed hospital, including 12 mental health beds, a Level 4 Trauma Center, and operates primary and specialty clinics. Hutchinson Health has a five-decade tradition of providing excellent care in its community. For more information, visit

About HealthPartners

HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. For more information, visit

COVID 19 Update

Hutchinson Health and HealthPartners announces changes to help reduce COVID-19 transmission:

Hutchinson Health and HealthPartners today announced that it is taking additional steps related to identification, treatment and safety of patients, care teams and the community that will help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Elective surgeries. Postponing all elective surgeries, procedures and non-essential radiology services through April 3, with no surgeries being scheduled until after April 27.
  • Dental appointments. Suspending non-emergent dental appointments that were scheduled between March 17 and March 29. For emergency procedures, dentists will evaluate a patient’s needs by phone and determine if the patient should be referred to a clinic for emergency care.
  • Office visits. Changing some routine office visits to phone calls or rescheduling.
  • In addition, based on recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health in response to a national shortage of COVID-19 testing materials, HealthPartners and Hutchinson Health is suspending testing in the ambulatory clinics, urgent cares and emergency centers for patients not requiring hospitalization. Our emergency rooms don’t have the ability to do COVID-19 testing unless patients require hospitalization.

We are closely monitoring state and federal guidelines and will continue to provide regular updates about changes to care delivery operations.


About Hutchinson Health

Hutchinson Health has primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services, and specialty programs.

About HealthPartners

HealthPartners is the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients, and the community. For more information, visit

Hospital Entrance Hour Changes

Our patients, visitors, and staff’s safety is our primary concern.
Please note the following changes for the entrances to our facility. Effective immediately:
Hospital front entrance will be accessible Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. Please use our Emergency Department when this is locked.

Hutchinson Clinic entrance will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00-7:00pm and Saturday/Sunday from 8:00am-7:00pm. Please use our Emergency Department Entrance when this entry is closed.

Hutchinson Health Celebrates Certified Nurses Day on March 19

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

Certified Nurses DayHutchinson 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:

  • Janet Filzen, CNOR: Certified Operating Room Nurse
  • Maureen Lowden, RNC: Inpatient Obstetrical Nurse
  • Nicole Kuttner, IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Janelle Walter, IBCLS: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Lee Krenik, IBCLS: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Lindsey Vacek, IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Teresa Smith, ACNS-BS: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Holly Oestreich, 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
  • Angie Thoennes, CAN: Certified Anticoagulation Nurse
  • Stephanie Whalen, 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
  • 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!

March is National Nutrition Month

I’m passionate about nutrition and am excited to announce that March is National Nutrition Month! This celebration initiated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits.  This year’s theme is Eat Right, Bite by Bite.  Good nutrition shouldn’t be restrictive or overwhelming. Small goals and changes can have a cumulative effect, and every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction.

Here’s a few simple steps for a healthful lifestyle:

Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day.

–  include healthful foods from all food groups

–   hydrate healthfully

–    learn how to read a nutrition fact label

–    practice portion control

–   take time to enjoy your food

Plan your meals each week.

–   use a grocery list to shop for healthful foods

–   be menu savvy when eating out

–   choose healthful recipes to make or modify to make recipes healthier

–    enjoy healthful meals at work/school

–    plan healthful eating while traveling

Learn skills to create tasty meals.

–  keep healthful ingredients on hand

–  practice proper food safety

–   eat together as a family

–   reduce food waste

–    try new foods and flavors

With this tips you’ll be on your way to a healthful lifestyle bite by bite.  Best Wishes!


Peg Christenson, Registered Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, from Hutchinson Health

March is National Social Work Month

Social Work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, with the number of people employed in social work to grow by 11% over the next decade.

Each day, nearly 800,000 social workers nationwide work to elevate and empower the people they serve, giving the ability to solve life’s problems, cope with personal roadblocks, and obtain needed services.

The social workers at Hutchinson Health provide services to our inpatients, outpatients, families, community members, and work closely with outside customers and providers.  You will find social workers serving Hutchinson Health in:

– Outpatient Mental Health

–  Inpatient Mental Health

–   Med/Surg

–  ICU

–   ED

–  Clinic

–  Urgent Care

–  Birthcare

–  Oncology

–  As well as Cardiac Rehab, Same Day Surgery, and Outpatient Rehab as needed.


This year’s theme is Social Workers: Generations Strong.

Join us in celebrating the profession of Social Work and our dedicated staff who are here to help!