Skip links

Going Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness

New President for Hutchinson Health

We are pleased to announce that James (Jim) Lyons will be the new President of Hutchinson Health, effective Friday, April 12.

Jim brings extensive experience in hospital and care group leadership to our team, making him uniquely qualified for this role. He has served in multiple roles with Hutchinson Health dating back to 1996, most recently as our Chief of Clinic Operations. In these roles, he has been instrumental in our work to integrate our hospital and medical group, develop a culture of quality improvement and build strong partnerships with our community.

As a leader, Jim has shown a commitment to improving the health and quality of life for the people of Hutchinson and the surrounding communities. He is a past board member for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and continues to serve as a member of their audit and finance committee. He also spent eight years as a steering committee member for Heart of Hutch and has been a board member and Vice Chair of the I.J. Burich Family Foundation for the past ten years. Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin and has practiced as a certified public accountant.

On a personal note, Jim and his wife, Shannon, have been married 28 years and have four children. Jim has coached youth sports and led youth trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. He enjoys outdoor activities including camping and visiting State and National Parks.

Please join us in welcoming Jim to this new role, and extending our deep appreciation and gratitude once again to Dr. Steve Mulder for his years of leadership of the organization. We wish him well as he retires from a remarkable 37-year career of service to this community.


Celebrating our Board Certified Nurses

Hutchinson Health Celebrates Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by Honoring the 18 Board Certified Nurses on its Staff


Hutchinson 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:


Maureen Lowden, RNC:  Inpatient Obstetrical Nurse

Nicole Kuttner, IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Janelle Walter, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Lee Krenik, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Lindsey Vacek, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

Teresa Smith, ACNS-BC:  Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist

Holly Oestreich, CDE:  Certified Diabetes Educator

Carol Lorenz, 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

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

Shari Heinen, 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!

Nurse in hospital room

We are Here for You

Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 11-16

Hutchinson Health celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week March 11-15.

We celebrate this week and strive to provide this every day.


March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, over 2,200 Minnesotans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  And sadly, more than 700 die from it.  Colon cancer is in fact the no. 2 cancer killer in the United States as a whole – even though it’s 90 percent curable if caught early.

That’s why getting screened for this cancer is so important. The American Cancer Society says regular screenings should start at age 45 for African Americans and Native Americans, who are at higher risk for the disease. And screening should start at age 50 for all other races and ethnicities, since risk increases with age across the board.

In Minnesota, though, only 71 percent of the adults who have reached these ages are getting timely screenings.  And screening rates among populations of color are even lower at only 56.2 percent.  

We are going blue at our entrance of our Cancer Center to create awareness.  Create awareness and get screened.

Ask your provider today!

Thank you Dr. Sara Shorter

Thank you for your years of dedication and commitment to your patients, Dr. Sara Shorter. We wish you well in your new position as Hospice Medical Director.  Good Luck.


February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Do something healthy for your heart!




We are Open

Here for you in this winter wonderland. Hutchinson Health Clinic is open today until 5:00pm and our Urgent Care is OPEN until 7:00pm.

New Hospitalist TeleMedicine Program

Hutchinson Health
Written by Rosann Nadle Maher · December 18, 2018 at 2:50 PM · 
Hello to a new hospitalist program beginning at Hutchinson Health. There’s a possibility you may receive inpatient care, from a doctor located off site, starting this month. This telemedicine program delivers the care you need via a cart.  A nurse will be in the room with you during the visit. This allows the best possible care to be delivered to you, as conveniently as possible. Hutchinson Health is excited to be one of the facilities implementing this technology.  HealthPartners has been using Telemedicine at four other sites for the past year, with great success. Hutchinson Health will be site number five.
The Hospitalists will be covering during the hours of 6 pm to 7:30 am, a few times a month.  That way if you are admitted to the hospital your treatment plan can begin right away.