In order to control the spread of the flu, we ask people who have any flu symptoms to not visit patients at Hutchinson Health.

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First Baby of 2020 Noelle

Early every January, the first births help welcome the new year. But when Noelle Marie Evenson was born the evening of Jan. 1, she helped usher in a little extra. The daughter of Alissa Snook and Joel Evenson of Hector was the first baby of the 2020 decade born in Hutchinson. The young girl born at 9:48 p.m. weighed in at 6 pounds and 12 ounces and was 20.5 inches tall. "She's healthy. She's so good," Alissa said as she held her daughter this past Friday morning in a quiet suite of Hutchinson Health's BirthCare Center. Noelle's name was picked from a list compiled to reflect the winter season. "It was the prettiest one to me," Alissa said. "And it was one we could agree on." Noelle's birth was not without its challenges. "She had a rough pregnancy," Joel said. "I was very sick," Alissa said. "And as far as delivery it went ... Continue Reading

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: Clean your hands when you arrive ... Continue Reading

Dr. Brian Bonte Obituary

It is with a heavy heart that we share that Dr. Brian Bonte passed away early this morning. Dr. Bonte worked in so many areas of Hutchinson Health. His commitment and dedication to his patients and the Hutchinson community are beyond measure. Arrangement details can be found on the Hantge Funeral chapel website. https://www.hantge.com/obituaries/dr-brian-r-bonte/ Just this past week we recognized Dr. Bonte for his years of service to the Medical Staff of Hutchinson Health with a portrait in the front hospital lobby. Please join us in keeping Dr. Bonte’s family in your thoughts and prayers. ... Continue Reading

Shout out to Generous Employees

toys in boxes for Christmas presents for children

Helping spread Christmas cheer this season our employees have donated toys to the McLeod County Social Services Center; by purchasing gifts for children across McLeod County. It will certainly make a lot of little ones happy throughout our communities. Making Good Happen all year long. Thank you to our employees generosity. ... Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Tidbits

Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated meals of the year, so make it memorable for the right reasons. Follow these food safety tips. Plan Ahead and Make Space in the Refrigerator. If buying a fresh turkey purchase it 1 to 2 days before you plan to cook it and place it in the refrigerator, on a tray that can catch any juices that may leak until you are ready to cook.  Frozen turkeys should be thawed in the refrigerator.  Allow 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds Don’t wash the turkey Washing the turkey can splash bacteria up to 3 feet contaminating countertops, towels and other food!  Keep raw turkey separated from all other foods and use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils. Wash hands, surfaces, and utensils between each food prep. Use a Food Thermometer The only way to determine if your turkey is cooked to the ... Continue Reading

Patient Testimony for our new online account

Have you heard we have a new online medical record account? It can save you time making appointments and scheduling care. Go to our website to create a new account. A patient recently shared this: "I received a letter instructing me on how to create a new online medical record account with Hutchinson Health. I followed the directions and still had trouble setting it up. I called the web support number and they were fabulous at helping me through the steps. In less than five minutes I was able to get it created and start using it. Love the new features and ease of using this new record."~ Jeannette ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important from Dr. Leah Willson

“In my 33 years of practice, including time in medical missions, I have seen cases of nearly all of the vaccine-preventable illnesses and their complications. These are serious and often life-threatening diseases. They still occur with high frequency in many countries that are only a plane trip away. I have a really hard time understanding why some parents are willing to put their children at risk by not vaccinating--but I guess vaccines have been so effective that many US parents have never watched a child suffering from one of these illnesses. Any medicine, and any vaccine can cause side effects. Complications from vaccines are reported and carefully tracked. However, in my 33 years of pediatric practice, giving 100,000+ vaccine doses, I have not had a single serious, life-threatening, or disabling vaccine reaction occur. Most ... Continue Reading

Good Bye Excellian Hello Epic

Today is the Day!! Change is always hard but the new system we are implementing will be an upgrade for our patients and staff. To bring a sense of humor to the event our Orthopedic Rehab Staff held a quick funeral for our old system with a grave site of all the instruction manuals that have been our guiding principles for over 6 years. We are NOW Epic and ready to rock! ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important

"By adulthood at least 90% of people have been infected by Human papilloma virus [HPV].  HPV is the leading cause of cervical, vulvar, penile, anal, and throat cancers.  Anyone who gets infected has a risk of developing cancer.  Often this infection has no symptoms.  Women can be screened for cervical HPV infection with Pap Smears but there is no screening for men.  We have seen at least a 50% decrease in HPV infections since starting this vaccine.  This is the ONLY vaccine that prevents cancer.  I have never seen a serious adverse event following this vaccine but I have seen people die from the cancers it causes."~Dr. Tiffany Trenda, pediatrician ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important #3

"I had chickenpox (varicella) when I was eight years old, before the first vaccine was available. I vividly recall lying in bed, scratching, and feeling miserable. Many people have had chickenpox, and most of them are “lucky,” as I was. When it is mild, varicella causes fever, achiness, cough, and an itchy rash. However, when most severe, varicella can cause pneumonia, encephalitis, and sepsis. These are conditions that can lead to hospitalization, and unfortunately, death. Additionally, those who are unvaccinated and acquire chickenpox naturally are at higher risk for shingles later on in life. I see chickenpox in unvaccinated children every year in my practice. It is still a real, and completely unnecessary threat. I am very grateful that there is vaccine available to protect my patients and my own children.“~ Dr. Erin Knudtson, ... Continue Reading