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Why Vaccinate? It’s Important from Dr. Pam Fisher

"My Grandmother was blind in 1 eye, and almost completely deaf from a very young age. These things were caused by one of the “normal” childhood illnesses in the early 1900”s. I suspect it was mumps or measles. Even though she recovered from the illness, she struggled with her disabilities for her entire life. She always laughed when she couldn’t understand what I was saying by lip reading, and often came up with silly words. But after that illness she never heard simple sounds like birds singing, and she never heard the sound of my voice. I often wonder what her life would have been like if she could have gotten the vaccines that we have today."~Dr. Pam Fisher, pediatrician ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s important #2

"As a mom, I would do anything to keep my kids safe and healthy. As a doctor, I understand the importance of disease prevention. That’s why it was easy for me to choose to vaccinate my children – vaccines are a safe and effective way to keep us healthy."~ Nikki VandenBerg, family physician   ... Continue Reading

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important #1

“I trained in pediatrics in the mid 1980’s. I spent many days and nights caring for children critically ill with Hib (Hemophilus influenzae type b) disease. Some did not make it, and survivors often had major permanent disabilities. The first Hib vaccine came out in 1986 and it was excitedly welcomed. The last case of Hib meningitis I saw in the US was an unimmunized child in 1994. I hope I never see Hib again—but a resurgence is likely if our vaccination rates continue to fall.”~ Dr. Leah Willson, pediatrician ... Continue Reading

Ignite Career Day for Area Students

students performing strength test

Last Friday Hutchinson Health had an opportunity to engage with high school students from the area through the Ignite your Career Day in Hutchinson. Promoting health careers to students by providing hands on, interactive experiences showcases how truly rewarding the health care field can be. Shout out to our Occupational Rehabilitation Staff and their great activities for the 1200 high school students. Our Lab Staff was there as well, providing the opportunity for students to do their own blood type testing. The hope is that maybe we peaked an interest in pursuing these fields to area students. ... Continue Reading

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