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Dr. Stuckey shares the importance of Colon Cancer Screening

free event on Dec 20th at Grace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson

Ever wonder if colon cancer screening is really necessary?

Join us for a free event on Thursday, December 20th at Grace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson to hear Hutchinson Health’s Dr. Mark Stuckey share the reasons why everyone should be screened for colon cancer. 

Giving the Gift of Sight

Have you considered the power you have to give the gift of sight through an eye donation?

November is Eye Donation Month, and Hutchinson Health wants to help restore sight for patients by encouraging people to learn more about becoming a donor.

“More than 100,000 Americans are in need of eye, tissue, and organ donations,” and the Lions Gift of Sight  is helping make the donor commitment process easy to understand and complete.

Please consider becoming a donor, put it in writing and make it legal, and then let your family and friends know your decision.

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 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 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.

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Cold, Flu and Gastroenteritis – What are the differences?

This is a common time of year for people to get sick with a variety of illnesses. Understanding the differences between a cold, the flu, and gastroenteritis can help you determine what kind of care you need.

Difference Between a Cold and the Flu


The common cold and influenza are both respiratory illnesses that can have similar symptoms, but they are caused by different viruses. The similarities can make it hard to tell the difference, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the flu is worse than a cold, with symptoms being more intense. The flu often includes a fever, sore throat, body aches and more, while a cold often less of these symptoms and includes a runny or stuffy nose. Visit the CDC website for more details on the differences between the flu and a cold.

Difference Between Influenza and Stomach Flu

As stated earlier influenza, known as the flu is a respiratory illness, while gastroenteritis, commonly referred to as the “stomach flu” is an inflammation of the stomach or intestines that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Gastroenteritis is often caused by Norovirus, a germ that spreads quickly.

What Kind of Care Do You Need?

  • InfluenzaIf you have influenza, the CDC states that most will recover with rest and time, but people that are very sick or in a high risk group will need medical attention. There are prescription medications that can help treat influenza in high risk patients and you can check with your provider for options.
  • Cold – If you have a cold, get rest and appropriate over-the-counter medications for comfort are the recommended treatment. There aren’t prescription medications available to treat a cold.
  • Gastroenteritis – The stomach flu is also an illness that just needs time to process. Prescription medication is not available to treat this ailment. Get rest, stay hydrated and wash your hands.

Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

It isn’t too late. They are still available, and may help you avoid getting sick.

Overall, if you have a cold or gastroenteritis it is best to get rest and limit your contact with others to minimize the spread of the illness. If you have influenza, being seen by a medical professional can be a good idea. If symptoms continue to worsen, or complications arise always seek out medical attention.

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New Urgent Care Opens September 25th

Urgent Care will be open seven days a week from 8:00am to 7:00pm.

Hutchinson Health’s newly remodeled Urgent Care will be opening on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Located in the Northeast area of Hutchinson Health.

To make an appointment at either Hutchinson Health Clinic or Urgent Care, call (320) 234-3290

All patients arriving at Urgent Care will be seen by a triage nurse through our Care That Fits service, helping provide the appropriate level of care, assessing urgency, and identifying when Emergency Care is necessary. While patients should attempt to pick the most suitable option for treatment right away, a severely injured or seriously ill patient will be assessed and quickly sent to the emergency room.

When Should You Choose Hutchinson Health Clinic, Urgent Care or Emergency Room Care?

Emergency Room

Emergency care is the best choice for more life-threatening medical needs. Immediately go to the Emergency Room or call 911 for things such as difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, heart attack or stroke symptoms, serious head or eye injuries, severe burns, poisoning, and suspected drug overdose. Emergency Rooms are equipped to handle more serious cases and provide an entire medical team to respond to the emergency situation.

Urgent Care

If suspect your medical situation is an emergency and you would not contemplate calling 911, then Urgent Care may be the option for you to choose first. A triage nurse will help you assess the situation and get you to the level of care that best fits your need.  Hutchinson Health Urgent Care provides the type of acute medical care or routine injury treatment that a primary care physician would usually perform in a clinic visit and sees patients in the order of severity.


If your medical needs are less immediate and you want to insure you see your primary care physician, it’s best to make an appointment at the clinic. Also, if your illness or medical need is less urgent and it’s during clinic hours, call to schedule an appointment or ask to see an open care physician. Our scheduling staff can often help you find a provider with availability within a short amount of time.


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.

Shoo the Flu: Get your flu shot

Stop at Hutchinson Health Monday – Friday from 8am – 4:30pm 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 2018 – 2019 influenza season and the vaccination available. 

Stop in and get your flu shot soon!

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Back to School Wellness and Physical Appointments

Summer is a great time to schedule appointments with your preferred provider for wellness check-ups, sports physicals, immunizations, and school forms.

The first day of school at Hutchinson Public Schools is Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

The first day of school at New Century Academy is Monday, August 27, 2018.

Don’t wait until the end of summer to take care of these important appointments:

  • Annual wellness check-ups and immunizations
  • Immunization documents for school forms (request from our records department, if needed)
  • Allergy and medication reviews; school nurse may need specific documents to adhere to a treatment plan and/or administer medication at school
  • Sports physicals; these are different than regular wellness check-ups and require a specific form signed by your physician
  • Pre-school/kindergarten physicals

Hutchinson Health is ready to help you schedule your school wellness appointments and sports physicals, so you can relax and enjoy the rest of the summer! Call your primary care provider to set up an appointment Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm.

New Cancer Center Set to Open in July

Together we are stronger than cancer

Proud Lady with arms held up high looking out at the skyHutchinson Health will begin welcoming patients to our new Cancer Center on Monday, July 2, 2018. Located at the northwest corner of the Hutchinson Health Campus, the new Cancer Center will provide patients with exceptional care and convenience close to home. Hutchinson Health is committed to advancing health with our community and offering cutting edge technology and specialty services. Take a look back at our recent expansion projects that have led up to the opening of our Cancer Center.



Illustrated map showing Cancer Center entrance north of main Hospital entrance

New Visiting Physicians Now Seeing Patients

When Hutchinson Health partnered with HealthPartners one of the exciting benefits was gaining access to more speciality Physicians. Two new visiting physicians are now available to patients at Hutchinson Health. Dr. Andrew Nickels is an Allergist and Dr. Jonathan Shelver is a Pulmonologist.

Dr. Andrew Nickels, MD, Allergy/Immunology Physician

Dr. Andrew NickelsIf you struggle with  seasonal allergies, food allergy, asthma, hives, drug allergy, eczema, and defects in your immune system, Dr. Nickels is now available to see you right here in Hutchinson. He has training in both childhood and adult medicine. He trained at Mayo Clinic, was on faculty at Vanderbilt University and most recently joined the staff at Methodist Hospital.

Learn more about Dr. Nickels


Dr. Jonathon Shelver, MD, Pulmonology Physician

Dr. Jonathon ShelverDo you battle breathing and lung problems, such as shortness of breath, lung disease, asthma, COPD, or pulmonary nodules? Dr. Shelver is here to help. His education background is from the University of Minnesota and he currently practices at Methodist Hospital.

Learn more about Dr. Shelver


Hutchinson Health is excited to have both physicians join our team and serve patients. Please help us welcome them to our community!

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nickels or Dr. Shelver. Call 320-234-3290.