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Drive up COVID testing FAQ #1

As we finalize our drive up COVID-19 testing which starts Monday, May 4th, we will share some common FAQ’s to keep you informed. Here is FAQ #1.
What kind of testing are you doing and who can be tested?
Hutchinson Health will be collecting a nasopharyngeal swab (a deep nasal swab) for PCR testing. This will test for CURRENT infection. Blood tests, also known as antibody testing, are what show a history of infection. The blood test is NOT available at this time.
Any patient who CURRENTLY has symptoms consistent with COVID19 (Fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or new loss of taste or smell) can be tested.
Check our website for the latest details on our drive up testing as they are posted.

Video Visit Fun

Creative ways our Speech-Language Pathologists use during their video visits keep Mr. Potato Head busy. For this visit Carlene Johnson, SL-P,  was telling the child what parts to put where, so working on direction following, Then in another video visit later , she and the patient had the same set so they copied each other’s. Making learning fun.
“This epidemic is going to change how we do lots of things in this world. With Video visits being used on wifi, we are able to go anywhere and still get therapy, even in the camper!” ~ mom of patient.

Drive up COVID-19 Testing Starts May 4th

Hutchinson Health is hard at work expanding COVID -19 testing at our facility starting Monday, May 4th. We are working through the details for an expanded drive up collection option to make it safe and easy. Testing will only be available for patients with symptoms and after a screening process has been completed. The COVID- 19 test is a nasal swab collected right in your vehicle. Please check our website for further instructions as details are released.

Take Care of your Feet

As we wrap up National Foot Health Month it is important to remember to maintain any health concerns for your feet.
Get your feet ready for summer.
“I consider myself the first step to quality foot care. I enjoy working with all patients, including geriatric care and sports related injuries — from routine, preventative care to bunions. The foot is my specialty and my focus.”~ Dr. David Maher
Dr. David Maher specializes in general podiatric care from treating simple ingrown toe nails to more complex surgical procedures. Other treatment areas include heel pain, hammer toes, corns, warts, diabetic shoes, and injuries.
Call 320-234-3290 to schedule an appointment.


Thank you to our Many Volunteers

As National Volunteer Month comes to a close, we are so thankful for the many volunteers who give their time and energy to Hutchinson Health. And although our volunteers can’t be here during this time of social distancing, we wait for the day when we can see your smiling faces again!

McLeod County COVID 19 Poster

A Note from Dr. Emily Zoulek

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my exit from my practice at Hutchinson Health and the State of Minnesota, effective July 5th, 2020. It has been a great pleasure providing for your health care needs over the years, and it is not easy for me to say goodbye.

As of July 5th, 2020, other members of the Hutchinson Health group will be available to you for your care. Resources on these providers can be seen here:

BirthCare Center

I am pleased that you have the opportunity to have any of them as your physician. They are all well‑trained, compassionate, and engaged providers who would love nothing more than to stand by your side for your healthcare needs. While leaving my practice was a very hard decision, I feel confident and proud to have left my patients in these provider’s capable hands. I recommend looking for a new physician as soon as possible. If you feel you need help in this choice, you can contact me at the clinic and we can discuss this together. If you have an upcoming appointment with me before my end date, we can also discuss this transition of care in person.

You can continue your OB care with our other OB/GYN Dr. Amy Ellingson or one of our family medicine providers that also deliver babies.

I have greatly valued our relationship, and thank you for your loyalty and friendship over the years. Best wishes for your future health.


Emily Zoulek, DO

Your Mental Health is Important and asking for help can be difficult

You’re not alone if you feel like the current situation with COVID-19 has been disruptive to your life. It has altered almost everyone’s daily schedules and routines, and it has created a lot of uncertainty. We want to help you and your loved ones plan, prepare, and cope with stress related to this rapidly changing situation. Hutchinson Health remains committed to providing mental health services and continuity of care.

Telehealth Appointments

Our Outpatient Mental Health Clinic has been conducting telehealth visits for both existing patients and new patients. Telehealth has provided an opportunity for continuation of care, to best target and treat mental and emotional health difficulties during this stressful time.

Here is some feedback we’re getting from patients, families, and providers that’s been positive!

  • “I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to meet with you, I’m so happy to have this as an option!”
  • “This is such a relief to be able to continue to talk!”
  • “This is awesome!”
  • “I am so happy you are doing this.”

Make an appointment today by calling 320-484-4610

Mental Health Resources for COVID-19

General Resources about Behavioral and Mental Health:


Parenting in the time of COVID-19:

Parents of children with disabilities during COVID-19:

Working from home:

Telehealth is Here

This is what Telehealth looks like. Our physicians and clinicians are now able to offer this as an option during the COVID-19 crisis. Our Mental Health providers were the first to pilot these appointments and now we have expanded them to all our clinics. We are still doing face to face appointments when needed, but the video option for some patients is allowing us to continue providing care for our community.

Some of the patient comments after having a video appointment:
“I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to meet with you, I’m so happy to have this as an option!”
“This is such a relief to be able to continue to talk!”
“This is awesome!”
“I am so happy you are doing this.”
Call our clinics and see what would be the best option for you.

Video appt

We are all in this together