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Hutchinson Health Rrecognized 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

Apraxia Awareness

Wearing blue to raise awareness for Apaxia .             ... Continue Reading

May 1 Arial Video of Inpatient Unit Project

Excited to share the video of our Inpatient Unit Construction Project one month in to the project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN4lrFTSn2I   ... Continue Reading

Hutchinson Health Clinic Parking Lot Construction

The south entrance to the Hutchinson Health Clinic is being repaved starting tomorrow through May 10th. The driveway will be accessible, just use caution as it will be one lane for entering and exiting. Thank you for your patience during this project.​ ... Continue Reading

May is Celiac Awareness Month

I’m Peg Christenson, Registered Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, at Hutchinson Health, with Wellness Wisdom. May is National Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac Disease is a complex autoimmune disease that affects the small intestine after the ingestion of gluten containing grains. When people with Celiac Disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage of the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body. Celiac disease is hereditary. People with a first-degree relative with Celiac Disease have a 1 in 10 risk of developing Celiac Disease. (celiac.org) Common Foods That Contain Gluten ... Continue Reading

Spring allergies are Here

"This time of year brings with it seasonal allergies. First the trees pollenate and in May, the grass pollen comes out in full force. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include nasal congestion, sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery, red eyes. For those with asthma, the allergy season can bring increased asthma symptoms as well. There are great medicines, some over the counter like antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays, and some prescriptions, that can help control these symptoms. Allergy shots can be helpful to improve symptom control and decrease the need for medications." - Dr. Andrew Nickels, allergist at Hutchinson Health. Call (320) 484-4720 to schedule an appointment with him if you are experiencing symptoms.   ... Continue Reading

Dr. Mulder receives the Good Catch Award

Dr. Steven Mulder is officially retired as of last Friday. During his last week at Hutchinson Health he received the Good Catch Award, from the Minnesota Hospital Association. It was a well deserved recognition for him as he moves to his next chapter of life. Dr. Mulder spent many years working towards the betterment of health care for the entire state. As he now shifts to being an adjunct professor with the University of Minnesota, he will continue to influence medical students as they train. Good Luck Dr. Mulder in your new endeavors. ... Continue Reading