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International Infection Prevention Week

This week is International Infection Prevention Week. The theme this year is "Vaccines are Everybody's Business". With the rise in measles cases it is important to remember that the spread of infection is everybody's business. Know the basics of infection prevention...wash your hands. Clean hands stop the spread of infection. Do your part.... hand hygiene is key. Vaccines also play a crucial role in eliminating diseases. Awareness of what you can do to prevent the spreading of illnesses is everyone's responsibility. ... Continue Reading

Suicide Prevention for World Mental Health Day

Suicide prevention is today's theme for World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day celebrates awareness for the global community in an empathetic way, with a unifying voice, helping those feel hopeful by empowering them to take action and to create lasting change. Reach out today, and every day. You may make a difference to someone who is silently struggling. Our crisis line is open 24 hours a day 320-484-4585. ... Continue Reading

Reader’s Choice Award

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Hutchinson Health Recognized for FluSafe

We don’t want flu to spread to our patients. We had 95% of our staff get their flu vaccine for the 2018-2019 season and we were named a FluSafe facility by the Minnesota Department of Health!  It is a reflection of our commitment to patient safety.   By getting their flu vaccination, our staff are committing to protecting patients and each other,  by not spreading the flu to others. ... Continue Reading

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

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Mark Martens, CRNA Awarded 2019 Clinical Preceptor of the Year

Hutchinson Health’s Mark Martens, CRNA was awarded the 2019 Clinical Preceptor of the Year Award from the University of Minnesota Nurse Anesthesia Program. “This a great honor and speaks to the valuable, high quality clinicians we have at Hutchinson Health”, Brandon Thiemann, APRN, CRNA, DNP, Anesthesia Medical Director, at Hutchinson Health.  The nomination came from students that have trained with Mark throughout the last year. Preceptors are identified as experienced clinicians who teach and supervise trainees, and act as a role model for students.  Preceptors provide training during anesthesia administration in a variety of settings, both in and out of the operating room.  Congratulations to Mark for his dedication to training future nurse anesthetists. ... Continue Reading

Hutchinson Health Recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association for Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety

Hutchinson Health has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in quality and patient safety. ·         MHA is one of 16 Health Improvement Innovation Networks in the country. ·         The networks are created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ·         The overall goal is to reduce patient harm and 30 day hospital readmissions. Hutchinson Health received this award based on: ·         Consistent participation, engagement and leadership in quality and patient safety improvement initiatives in collaboration with the  MHA HIIN. ·         Active reporting on more than 75% of the available safety process measures. ·         Achievement of the goals on more than 70% of the outcome measures ·         Implementation of a patient and family engagement ... Continue Reading

Blue Cross Blue Shield Network Change

Network change for small group of Blue Cross Blue Shield members We recently learned that Blue Cross Blue Shield had notified a small group of members that Hutchinson Health would no longer be considered in-network as part of their health plan. This change impacts a limited number of plans sold by BCBS featuring a narrow network that until now, Hutchinson Health had been a part of. This change does not impact other contracts between Hutchinson Health and BCBS. This change was scheduled to take effect September 1, so we immediately reached out to BCBS. BCBS has since agreed to delay the effective date for this network change to December 31, 2019. This is important because it provides patients more time to consider an alternative plan, and occurs during the normal course of the annual enrollment selection period. If you have any ... Continue Reading

Celebrating our Employees

During National Health Care Week we celebrate our dedicated employees and their years of service to our patients. A big shout out to the 5 year employees all the way through our 45 years of service to Linda Ziemer. Thank you for all you do each and every day!           5 Year Row 1:  Jennifer Rozeboom, Tammie Dehn, Heather Stoffregen, Kate Smith, Tanisha Olson, Jennifer Wieland, Jodi Kieser Row 2:  Susan Bebo, Kim Bah, Kati Klitzke, Melanie Schroeder, Jeremy Mohs, Mallory Hunt, Cheri Wahl, Kim Chastek, Denise Schuft Not pictured: Emily Danielson, Andrea Huseby, Jeri Meyer, Nicole Schmieg, Briana Peterson, Terri Goldschmidt, Emily Walters, Lindsey Vacek, Rita Wendlandt, Cindy Dikmen, Michelle Flatten-Kabwe, Erika Koivukangas, Amanda Majeski, Alesha Radtke, Sarah Murphy, Breanna ... Continue Reading

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!             ... Continue Reading