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September is Sepsis Awareness Month

sepsis awareness month 2019

Mark Martens, CRNA Awarded 2019 Clinical Preceptor of the Year

Hutchinson Health’s Mark Martens, CRNA was awarded the 2019 Clinical Preceptor of the Year Award from the University of Minnesota Nurse Anesthesia Program. “This a great honor and speaks to the valuable, high quality clinicians we have at Hutchinson Health”, Brandon Thiemann, APRN, CRNA, DNP, Anesthesia Medical Director, at Hutchinson Health.  The nomination came from students that have trained with Mark throughout the last year. Preceptors are identified as experienced clinicians who teach and supervise trainees, and act as a role model for students.  Preceptors provide training during anesthesia administration in a variety of settings, both in and out of the operating room.  Congratulations to Mark for his dedication to training future nurse anesthetists.

Mark Martens picture in blue scrubs

Hutchinson Health Recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association for Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety

Hutchinson Health has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in quality and patient safety.

·         MHA is one of 16 Health Improvement Innovation Networks in the country.

·         The networks are created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

·         The overall goal is to reduce patient harm and 30 day hospital readmissions.

Hutchinson Health received this award based on:

·         Consistent participation, engagement and leadership in quality and patient safety improvement initiatives in collaboration with the  MHA HIIN.

·         Active reporting on more than 75% of the available safety process measures.

·         Achievement of the goals on more than 70% of the outcome measures

·         Implementation of a patient and family engagement process.

Examples include:

o   Medication safety improvements

o   Reducing the number of infections

o   Reducing preventable falls

o   Early recognition and treatment of sepsis

o   Prevention of pressure injuries

o   Improving perinatal safety

o   Improving surgical safety

o   Improving coordination of care

o   Workplace violence prevention

o   Implementation of the Patient Family Advisory Committee

We are proud of the tremendous work being done throughout Hutchinson Health in regard to quality improvement and patient safety.  We have made great strides towards our goals and that effort has been recognized by MHA. We appreciate this recognition of our efforts and commit to continue this work to improve the quality of our services and the safety of our patients.

Group holding Partnership for Patient Award

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 employees






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 employees






10 year

Crystal Olson, Megan Putzier

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


15 year employees






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 employees






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 employees






25 year

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

Not pictured:  Karen Johnson


30 year employees






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 employees





35 year

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


40 year employees






40 year

Val Murphy, Jim Lyons, Dana Engelmann


45 year employees






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

"Day to REACH" Football Camp parent session Thursday, June 20th 2019 from 10:15am-10:45am.Come hear nutrition advice and tips from Emma Schalow, dietitian and nutritionist at Hutchinson Health, at the Day to Reach Football Camp. Everyone welcome! Thursday, June 20th from 10:15am – 10:45am at the Hutchinson High School Commons.

Learn some tips on healthy, quick snacks, when/what to drink to stay hydrated, and quick and easy dinner ideas for the family on the run.


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.​