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Urologist Dr. Nathan Hoffman

Is a urological problem making your life uncomfortable, difficult, or frustrating?
Many urological conditions can be painful, embarrassing, or even could be signs of something much more serious.
There are many reasons patients should see a Urologist. Below is a list of common reasons for seeking out this care.

*Blood in your urine
*Enlarged prostate urinating too often – day or night
*Kidney stones
*Cancer of the prostate, kidney or bladder
*Poor bladder control
*Painful urination
*Male sexual problems
*Chronic Urinary Tract Infections

Hutchinson Health’s Urologist, Dr. Nathan Hoffman is available to take appointments in-person and through video visits. If you are interested in seeing him in any format, please call us at 320-484-4720 and we will match you with the best type of appointment for your needs. If distance is a concern, we will work with you to schedule an initial visit via telehealth before you have to drive to the clinic for services, should they be indicated.

Dr. Hoffman and his team look forward to serving you and partnering with you to improve your health.

Staying Safe from COVID-19

Child in mask . Protection against virus, infection. Health. Medical virus poster design.

What your care team is doing and how you can help.

Keeping safety first.

We plan ahead and take steps every day to keep our clinics, hospitals and other buildings safe. Many of those steps are below. Here is what guides us:

  • All of our sites have policies to prevent the spread of infections. We have strengthened these policies and taken further action to protect you.
  • We follow all guidelines from our state and national public health agencies.
  • Our experts in infectious disease prevention guide us on the best ways to keep you, your care team and the community safe.

Clinic

We know that this can be an unsettling time. It can be common to be worried about COVID-19 when you are visiting your clinic, especially if you are there to get care for a reason other than the virus. Please be aware that keeping you safe and healthy is our top priority. Use this information to learn more about why it’s important for you to continue to receive care, what we are doing to protect you and how you can help.

Why is it important to get care at my clinic? Shouldn’t I put it off?
What we are doing
What you can do to stay safe

Hospital

Many hospitals are treating people who are infected with COVID-19 now. If you’re in the hospital for another reason, this may be an unsettling time. It’s common to be worried about COVID-19. Please be aware that keeping you safe and healthy is our top priority. Use this information to learn more about what your hospital is doing to protect you—and how you can help.

What we are doing
What you can do to stay safe

State Farm Appreciates Hutchinson Health

This week, Thursday and Friday, May 14th and 15th, we are excited to honor employees of all Hutchinson Health Clinics and Hutchinson Health Hospital! We’re teaming up with Qdoba-Hutchinson to provide you a free entree…just show your Hutch Health work ID.

May is Stroke Awareness Month

Nurses Week

COVID Guide from MN Deptartment of Health

National Nurses Day

New Patient Masking Guidelines

Starting Thursday, April 9, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are encouraging you to bring and wear an alternative mask if you are coming into one of our clinics for an in-person appointment.  We can provide a mask if you don’t have one.

Masks can be purchased from local retailers, online retailers, or you can make your own mask from fabric. The CDC has guidelines for making cloth face coverings here.

Masks should be worn over your mouth and nose for the duration of your appointment. Members of your care team will also wear masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.   We are providing masks for patients that need one at their appointments.

We appreciate your efforts to help protect yourself, our care teams, and our entire community.

Drive-up COVID-19 Testing

We’re here to support our community with safe, convenient COVID-19 testing. If you’re experiencing symptoms go to healthpartners.com/test or you can call the clinic at 320-234-3290 to determine if you qualify for a COVID-19 test at our drive-up testing site.

When is Testing available?

Phone screening and drive-up testing will begin starting Monday, May 4.

  • Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

How to Get Tested

Testing will be done by appointment only. Call the clinic at 320-234-3290  or you can visit us at healthpartners.com/test, and you will be asked screening questions. Your answers are very important to help us make the process go smoothly, so please be patient with our team as they go through these questions.

If it’s determined you qualify for a test, you will then be given an appointment time for drive-up testing.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not accept walk-ups. Everyone must be screened in advance and scheduled for an appointment. Those who arrive without an appointment will be asked to leave and call to complete the phone screening process.

What kind of Testing is being done?

Hutchinson Health will be collecting a nasopharyngeal swab (a deep nasal swab) for PCR testing. This will test for CURRENT infection only. Nasal swab testing is effective only if you are experiencing symptoms (such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell).

Blood tests, also known as antibody testing, are what show a history of infection. The blood test is NOT available at this time.

Your Test Results

Results will be available within 3 – 5 days on your Online Health Account only. If you do not have an Online Health Account, you can create one here.

After your screening, you should self-isolate at home until you receive your results.

Thank you for the Treats HAWT

So appreciate the local Hutchinson Women Area of Today (HAWT) for delivering treats and snacks for our front line staff. Pictured are just a couple of the items they delivered. It brightened the evening!