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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.


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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.

Dr. Dean Nissen Retiring After 33 Years

Dr. Dean NissenJune 1, 2018 marks the end of Dr. Dean Nissen’s 33 years as a family practice physician at Hutchinson Health as he is retiring. Patients may still find him in Urgent Care occasionally, but for the most part as of June 1st he will be retired. Dr. Nissen will be missed by his patients and the Hutchinson Health employees.

Thank You Dr. Nissen

His dedication to patient and caring approach will be remembered. Medicine appealed to Dr. Dean Nissen because it is a “helping profession.” He selected Family Medicine as a specialty because he can work with patients of all ages, and with a variety of medical problems.

I enjoy interacting with my patients. Also, seeing people get better, and helping families get through difficult situations. – Dr. Dean Nissen

He and his wife, Carol, enjoy living in Hutchinson and spending time with their family. Dr. Nissen is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and did his residency at LaCrosse Wisconsin/ Mayo Family Practice.

Thank you Dr. Nissen for you many years of service in the Hutchinson Health community.


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It’s a Boy! Meet Spencer Our Newest Addition

Our newest addition to Hutchinson Health wasn’t delivered in our BirthCare Center, but his greatest contributions will be what he delivers!

Meet “Spencer” our newest member of Hutchinson Health Lab Department. He keeps specimens cool while transferring them throughout the facility. He allows us to spend more focused time with our patients.

Get a peek at Spencer in this video, see him at work, and give him a little wave if you pass him in the hallway.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

What are the signs and symptoms of a stroke?

Someone having a stroke may experience only one, or several of these warning signs:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

How can I lower my risk of stroke?

  • High Blood Pressure: The most important risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure, also called hypertension. In 2013, almost 27% of Minnesota adults report they have high blood pressure (2013 data).
  • High Blood Cholesterol: People with higher levels of total cholesterol are more likely to have ischemic strokes. About 33% of adults in Minnesota report they have high blood cholesterol (2013 data).
  • Controlling your blood pressure and high blood cholesterol by making healthier choices and taking medications decreases your chance of having a stroke.
  • Atrial Fibrillation (AFib): Individuals with AFib – a type of irregular heartbeat — are four to five times more likely to have an ischemic stroke. An estimated 2.7 million Americans have condition. If you have AFib, take your medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Cigarette Smoke: Smoking doubles the risk of ischemic stroke, and may increase the risk for hemorrhagic stroke up to four times. Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke nearly doubles the risk of stroke. If you smoke, ask your doctor about ways to quit. In 2014, 16.3% of Minnesota adults were current smokers.
  • Physical Inactivity: Daily physical activity reduces the risk of stroke. People who don’t exercise at all are more likely to have a stroke. Less than 21% of Minnesota adults get enough exercise (2013), and 20% of adults in Minnesota get no exercise at all (2014).
  • Overweight and Obesity: Strokes happen more often in people who are overweight or obese. Keeping a healthy weight through exercise and healthy eating improves many stroke risk factors.
  • Diabetes: Strokes happen two to four times more often in people with diabetes. People with diabetes can lower their risk of stroke by controlling their blood pressure and cholesterol.

Info from the MDH.

Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders, hearing impairment, and life-altering treatment. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, “Approximately 46 million Americans experience some form of communication disorder. Communication disorders can comprise physical and emotional health and affect the social, educational, vocation, and recreational aspects of life.” They also state that approximately 37.5 million people in the US report some degree of hearing loss.

Having skilled hearing and speech professionals at Hutchinson Health provides patients with the treatment and screenings needed. Our Audiologist, ENT, and our Speech-Language Pathologists are here to provide screenings and help you improve your hearing and speech with the right course of treatment.

Celebrating National Nurses and Hospitals Weeks

Two smiling nursesThe Week of May 6-12th is both National Nurses Week and National Hospitals Week

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week is a time to honor the contributions nurses make to direct patient care, as well as their role in advancing health in our communities. During National Nurses Week we celebrate those who’ve chosen a career in nursing and encourage those considering a future career path in the nursing profession.

Thank you to our nursing staff for your exceptional care and compassion you provide to our patients at Hutchinson Health.

National Hospital Week

National Hospital Week raises awareness for the importance of hospitals in our communities. Each day there is a joint effort at Hutchinson Health to offer choices, care, and support to patients. Our physicians, nurses, technicians, administrative and support staff work together to advance the healthcare in the communities we serve.

Nurse in Rehab RoomDuring this week, you may notice the hashtags #HospitalWeek and #MyHospital on social media intended to highlight all the great work that goes on in hospitals. It’s a campaign by the American Hospital Association that recognizes the economic mainstay hospitals make in supporting 16 million jobs across the United States. Hutchinson Health, #MyHospital stands with the more than 5,000 other U.S. hospitals in providing patient care to all our communities.