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Blue Cross Blue Shield Network Change

Network change for small group of Blue Cross Blue Shield members

We recently learned that Blue Cross Blue Shield had notified a small group of members that Hutchinson Health would no longer be considered in-network as part of their health plan. This change impacts a limited number of plans sold by BCBS featuring a narrow network that until now, Hutchinson Health had been a part of. This change does not impact other contracts between Hutchinson Health and BCBS.

This change was scheduled to take effect September 1, so we immediately reached out to BCBS. BCBS has since agreed to delay the effective date for this network change to December 31, 2019.

This is important because it provides patients more time to consider an alternative plan, and occurs during the normal course of the annual enrollment selection period.

If you have any questions please reach out to BCBS or Hutchinson Health at 320-234-5000. We are here to help our patients in any way possible and we remain committed to providing the patients in our community with high-quality, affordable health care.

James P. Lyons
1095 Highway 15 South
Hutchinson, MN  55350

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

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

Crystal Olson, Megan Putzier

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







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

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

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

Not pictured:  Karen Johnson






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

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






40 year

Val Murphy, Jim Lyons, Dana Engelmann






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

Come hear nutrition advice and tips from Emma Schalow. dietitian and nutritionist at Hutchinson Health, at the Day to Reach Camp. Everyone welcome!  Thursday, June 20th at 10:30 at the Hutchinson High School.

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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Spring allergies are Here

“This time of year brings with it seasonal allergies. First the trees pollenate and in May, the grass pollen comes out in full force. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery, red eyes. For those with asthma, the allergy season can bring increased asthma symptoms as well. There are great medicines, some over the counter like antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays, and some prescriptions, that can help control these symptoms. Allergy shots can be helpful to improve symptom control and decrease the need for medications.” ~Dr. Andrew Nickels, allergist at Hutchinson Health. Call 320-484-4720 to schedule an appointment with him if you are experiencing symptoms.

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