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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.

Free Disposal of Needles

Dr. Mulder receives the Good Catch Award

Dr. Steven Mulder is officially retired as of last Friday. During his last week at Hutchinson Health he received the Good Catch Award, from the Minnesota Hospital Association. It was a well deserved recognition for him as he moves to his next chapter of life. Dr. Mulder spent many years working towards the betterment of health care for the entire state. As he now shifts to being an adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota, he will continue to influence medical students as they train. Good Luck Dr. Mulder in your new endeavors.

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