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Hutchinson Health Celebrates Certified Nurses Day on March 19

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

Certified Nurses DayHutchinson 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:

  • Janet Filzen, CNOR: Certified Operating Room Nurse
  • Maureen Lowden, RNC: Inpatient Obstetrical Nurse
  • Nicole Kuttner, IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Janelle Walter, IBCLS: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Lee Krenik, IBCLS: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Lindsey Vacek, IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
  • Teresa Smith, ACNS-BS: Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Holly Oestreich, 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
  • Angie Thoennes, CAN: Certified Anticoagulation Nurse
  • Stephanie Whalen, 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
  • 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!

Protect Yourself & Others from the Flu

With flu season upon us, we need to work together to protect ourselves and others from the flu. Influenza is highly contagious and can be mild or severe. One of the most important ways to stop the spread of the flu is to stay home from work or school if you have any influenza symptoms.  If you need to seek medical care or leave home please wear a mask to protect other people from getting your germs, or being exposed to other illnesses.  We also ask that people who have any flu symptoms do not visit patients at Hutchinson Health.  Learn more about flu protection here.

Please don’t visit patients at Hutchinson Health if you have any flu symptoms:

  • Fever above 100 degrees
  • A bad cough or sore throat
  • Chills or body aches
  • Diarrhea or vomiting

Stop the spread of flu, remember to always:


There is still time for flu protection. Get a flu shot at Hutchinson Health.

No appointment is necessary.
Stop into Hutch Health between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

After receiving your vaccination it takes about two weeks to build up antibodies that help protect you from the flu. Getting a shot after the influenza season starts is still helpful, but getting it early provides the most benefit.

flu shot - flu protection, Hutchinson Health

Stop at Hutchinson Health Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and ask for a flu shot. We’ll get it taken care of — no appointment necessary. Learn more about the CDC’s projections for the 2019-2020 influenza season and the vaccination available.

Thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of flu. By staying home if your sick, washing your hands frequently, covering your cough, and getting the flu shot, we can help keep our community healthy.

Hutchinson Health Cancer Center Receives Press Ganey Award

Hutchinson Health Cancer Center team holding the Press Ganey plaque received for Outstanding Patient ExperienceHutchinson Health is pleased to share that our Cancer Center has been awarded the Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Outstanding Patient Experience. This honor highlights those who strive to improve the patient experience and raise the bar on performance each year.

Honoring the Top 5%

This award honors those practices who have reached the 95th percentile and maintained that level for an entire year. It is an impressive accomplishment to break into the top 5%, but to sustain that level for an entire year is truly incredible.


We want to commend our staff for their teamwork and support, as each patient experience is impacted by every area doing their part and working together. Please join us in celebrating the Hutchinson Health Cancer Center staff on this incredible accomplishment.

PowerUp November Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in November

  • PowerUp Action team meeting

    • We will be helping pack bags for the Backpack program from 2-3pm on November 18th at Common Cup Ministries
  • Parkview Dental Candy Buyback

    • Bring your leftover candy to Parkview Dental Nov 1-5 and receive $1 for every pound. Candy will be sent to service members overseas.
  • Wheel and Cog $2 Tuesdays

    • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month
  • Rec center indoor playground

    • 9:30-11:30am Monday-Thursday and Saturdays 10am-noon

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

Pros of Peanut Butter

  • It is a great source of protein
  • It contains lots of healthy fats
  • It is very versatile and can be used in sweet or savory dishes
  • It is very nutrient-dense
  • It does not need to be refrigerated so is easy to pack for on the go
  • It is delicious!

Wondering what kind to buy?

Be on the lookout for hydrogenated oils and sugar in your peanut butter. Check the ingredients list- the best peanut butter should contain just peanuts and salt!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine oats and cinnamon in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine peanut butter, honey, oil, and vanilla. Microwave for 30-45 seconds or until peanut butter is melted. Stir together then pour over oats. Stir to combine then spread in an even layer on baking sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before enjoying!

Have a Healthy Holiday

For many people November is a time to reflect on all of the things they are thankful for. It is also a time for stuffing, pie, and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy. Many people struggle finding a balance between maintaining healthy habits while still enjoying the holiday traditions..

Tips for enjoying a healthy Thanksgiving


Healthy Holiday Recipes

Balsamic Blue Cheese Brussel Sprouts

  • 1 lb Brussel sprouts
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt and pepper
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup craisins
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

Balsamic glaze

  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp honey

To make the glaze, place vinegar and honey in a saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cut Brussel sprouts in half and toss in olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread out on baking sheet and roast for 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, craisins, and nuts and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (2 servings)

  • 1 apple, diced
  • 2/3 cup apple juice
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2/3 cup quick-cooking oats

Combine all ingredients except oats in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Stir in oats and let sit for 1 minute. Top with pumpkin seeds or chopped pecans for a little crunch!

Recipe from food and Health Communications

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New Electronic Medical Record System

It’s Here!

Hutchinson Health has upgraded our electronic medical record system to make it easier for you to schedule and receive care. It further connects us to HealthPartners and Park Nicollet should you need additional services.  If you want to create a new online account click the blue “Sign in” button to get started.

For your appointments, please bring:



Please be patient as our staff learns the new, enhanced system.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

PowerUp October Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in October

PowerUp Action Team Meeting
National Walk and Bike to School Day
Spooky Sprint
Power of Produce at the Hutchinson Farmers Market
$2 Tuesdays at Wheel and Cog Children's Museum
Hutchinson Community Running Group

Get Crafty!

You will need:Blue print of maple leaf on paper

  • Paper
  • Tempera paint
  • Paint brush

Collect various types of leaves in all different shapes and sizes. Choose a paint color and paint the whole entire leaf. Press painted side onto the paper for 5 seconds to transfer the print. Repeat this process with different colors, shapes, and sizes of leaves until you are satisfied with your picture. Let the paint dry before displaying.


How to Avoid the Halloween Candy Overload

For many kids Halloween is the best day of the year because they get to dress up in fun costumes, walk around the neighborhood with their friends, and come home with a mountain of free candy. For many parents, this means struggling with finding the balance between enjoying the fun of the holiday while figuring out how to deal with the exorbitant amount of candy their child will be asking to eat for the next few weeks. Here are a few tips for dealing with excess candy:

  • Allow your child to pick out their 5 favorite candies and bring the rest to a candy buy back.
  • Allow your child to trade their candy in for a toy or experience they have been wanting.
  • Don’t keep leftover candy in your child’s room. Store in the kitchen or pantry and allow it in moderation.
  • Serve a healthy and filling meal before your kids head out on Halloween so they are less likely to over-eat candy.
  • Set a good example by consuming candy in moderation as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
Halloween Candy Alternatives


Pumpkin Loaf with Dried Cherries

IngredientsPumpkin cranberry bread

  • 1 ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed (if you like seeds)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries


  1. Turn the oven on and set it to 350 degrees. Spray the loaf pan with cooking spray (or grease it with oil).
  2. Put the flours, seeds, baking powder, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in the small bowl and use the whisk to mix well. Set aside.
  3. Put the pumpkin, oil, honey, brown sugar and eggs in the large bowl and use the mixer or a spoon to combine until well blended.
  4. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in the dried cherries.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean with no batter on it, 50-55 minutes.
  6. Set aside to cool in the pan. Turn the loaf out onto the cooling rack and let cool completely. Enjoy!

Purple Monster Smoothie (makes 3-4 servings)


  • 1 cup frozen blueberriesPurple smoothie with a cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen peach slices
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 handful spinach
  • Leaves from one bunch celery (or half of one celery stalk works, too)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk


1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and

Early Detection is the Best Way to Fight Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to equip people with the information and resources they need to spread awareness within their own family and circle of friends. It’s a time dedicated toward helping people understand how prominent breast cancer is and what can be done to help prevent, diagnose, and treat the disease.

What can we, as a community, do to fight breast cancer and bring more awareness to the cause?

In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

Our goal at Hutchinson Health is to encourage self-exams, screenings, and mammograms to aid in early detection. Together, we can make progress and lead a strong fight against this disease.

Breast Cancer Awareness ribbonEarly detection includes a number of important tasks

Please discuss breast cancer prevention and early detection with your provider. Make annual wellness exams a priority, and schedule your appointment today.

For more breast cancer statistics, visit

Flu Shots Available

Flu shots available at Hutchinson Health. Get yours now, and be prepared before influenza season arrives.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your flu shot before the flu begins spreading in your community. After receiving your vaccination it takes about two weeks to build up antibodies that help protect you from the flu. Getting a shot after influenza season starts is still helpful, but getting it early provides the most benefit.

Stop at Hutchinson Health Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and ask for a flu shot. We’ll get it taken care of – no appointment necessary.

The flu shot is offered at Hutchinson Health. The flu mist will not be available this year.

Learn more about the CDC’s projections for the 2019-2020 influenza season and the vaccination available.

Stop in and get your flu shot soon!

PowerUp September Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in September

Luce Line Lace-up
PowerUp Action Team meeting
Power of produce
Hutchinson Community Running Group
Free Paddle Sports rental


September is better breakfast month!

cereal with fruit and milk

Most people have been told how important breakfast is their whole lives, but do you know why breakfast is so important?

  • It kick-starts your metabolism for the day.
  • You are less likely to overeat throughout the day.
  • Skipping breakfast can lead to difficulty concentrating at work/school.
  • You will have more energy throughout the day.
  • Breakfast is delicious!

Exciting News!

A new Fixit station will be installed at the Hutchinson Rec Center in September! This is Hutchinson second station, joining the one located on the Luce Line Trail near Policeman’s Park.

What is a Fix-it station?

Time to head back to the classroom!stack of books with apple on top

Many schools have a designated snack time, and while breakfast and lunch may be provided by the school, kids often have to bring their snack from home. It is important to provide your child with nutritious options rather than empty calories that may cause a crash in energy. Growing children should eat every 3-4 hours to meet their needs and sustain their energy. Send snacks that satisfy your child’s hunger between meals, help them concentrate, and build healthy habits!

Snack ideas your kids will love!

Nut-free trail mix (see recipe)

Apple & string cheese

Carrots & hummus

Yogurt with fruit

Pretzels & guacamole

Hard-boiled egg & grapes

Whole grain crackers & cheese

Fruit salsa with pita chips

Celery with Sunbutter


Berry Breakfast Quinoa

Fruit Salsa

Nut-Free Trail Mix




PowerUp August Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in AugustPowerUp mascot "Chomp" the carrot dressed as a park ranger.

PowerUp Action Team meeting

  • August 19th, 2-3pm at the Farmers Market Depot
  • Open to anyone who is passionate about the health of our community!

-Power of Produce at the Hutchinson Farmers Market


  • Wednesdays 2:30-5:30 & Saturdays 8-noon

-$2 Tuesdays and Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum

  • August 13th and 27th, 4-7pm

-Free Swim Night at Hutchinson Family Aquatic Center

  • August 6th and 15th, 5-8pm

– Hutchinson Community Running Group

  • Every Wednesday at 7pm starting at Library Square

-Paddle Sports rentals at Masonic River Park


August is National Sandwich Month!

Tips for making a heart and healthy sandwich

Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich (4 servings)

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ Tablespoon dried tarragon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups diced chicken breast
  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 3 ribs of celery, sliced
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 4 Slices of whole wheat bread

Mash avocado and mix in yogurt, lemon juice, and seasonings until smooth.

Mix in chicken, apple, and celery, and sunflower seeds.

Serve open-faced on toasted bread and top with spinach.

To get the freshest and most affordable produce, choose fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Check out what's in season in August

For and fun and easy way to add more veggies to your favorite pasta dish, try replacing half of the pasta with zucchini noodles, aka Zoodles!

Zoodles with Marinara Sauce (6 servings)Zucchini noodles with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese.

  • 2 medium-sized zucchini
  • 2 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • ½ pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons of garlic, minced
  • 1-28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • ½ Tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt

To make the marinara- heat 1 Tablespoon of oil in a sauce pan. Add onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and salt. Let simmer for 20 minutes.

To make zucchini noodles- use either a spiralizer or a vegetable peeler to form ribbons, or cut into thin strips by hand. Pat Zucchini dry with a paper towel. Sauté in 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil for 4-6 minutes.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions and mix with zucchini noodles. Top with homemade or store bought marinara sauce.

**Option to add 1 lb ground beef to sauce or 1 can garbanzo beans for protein.

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