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Homemade Cough Syrup

Dr. Leah Willson

Looking for a homemade, natural cough syrup? Dr. Leah Willson, pediatrician, shares a couple recipes for adults and children. Not intended for babies under 12 months. Effective Natural Homemade Cough Syrup recipe for children 1 year and older. #1 1 cup pineapple juice 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice One level teaspoon ginger powder 2 Tablespoons honey 1/8 teaspoon salt (dash) 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (dash) Blend in a blender or food processor until smooth, no lumps of powder. Store in refrigerator. Can give 1 to 2 teaspoons every 2 hours as needed for cough. #2 1/4 cup pineapple juice and 1/4 cup honey or 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup honey Blend well. Store in refrigerator. Can be given as needed for cough. NOT for children under 12 months. ... Continue Reading

Link to the Live Radio Today with Dr.’s Pollmann and Schrupp

Do you have questions about COVID 19? Hutchinson Health physicians' Dr. Leah Schrupp and Dr. Brian Pollmann will be sharing information about how we are preparing at our hospital and clinics, on our local radio station 1260 AM KDUZ. Listen in live tomorrow, Thursday, March 26th at 3:35 pm. They will be answering some questions submitted by listeners during the chat. Tune in and hear advice and the latest guidelines. Miss the interview use this link to hear it again:   ... Continue Reading

Continuing our INR Testing

With our current visitor restrictions in place we are trying to keep healthy patients from needing to be in our facility. Thanks to our Lab Department for being creative on how to continue delivering our patients an option for their INR testing. Starting Monday we will be doing car side testing in our ambulance garage or parking lot near the helipad. We will be calling and scheduling appointments. Follow the signs on where to park. ... Continue Reading

March is National Nutrition Month

I’m passionate about nutrition and am excited to announce that March is National Nutrition Month! This celebration initiated by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits.  This year’s theme is Eat Right, Bite by Bite.  Good nutrition shouldn’t be restrictive or overwhelming. Small goals and changes can have a cumulative effect, and every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction. Here’s a few simple steps for a healthful lifestyle: Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day. -  include healthful foods from all food groups -   hydrate healthfully -    learn how to read a nutrition fact label -    practice portion control -   take time to enjoy your food Plan your meals each week. -   use a grocery ... Continue Reading

March is National Social Work Month

Social Work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, with the number of people employed in social work to grow by 11% over the next decade. Each day, nearly 800,000 social workers nationwide work to elevate and empower the people they serve, giving the ability to solve life’s problems, cope with personal roadblocks, and obtain needed services. The social workers at Hutchinson Health provide services to our inpatients, outpatients, families, community members, and work closely with outside customers and providers.  You will find social workers serving Hutchinson Health in: - Outpatient Mental Health -  Inpatient Mental Health -   Med/Surg -  ICU -   ED -  Clinic -  Urgent Care -  Birthcare -  Oncology -  As well as Cardiac Rehab, Same Day Surgery, and Outpatient Rehab as ... 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

PowerUp November Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in November PowerUp Action team meeting We will be helping pack bags for the Backpack program from 2-3pm on November 18th at Common Cup Ministries Parkview Dental Candy Buyback Bring your leftover candy to Parkview Dental Nov 1-5 and receive $1 for every pound. Candy will be sent to service members overseas. Wheel and Cog $2 Tuesdays 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month Rec center indoor playground 9:30-11:30am Monday-Thursday and Saturdays 10am-noon November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Pros of Peanut Butter It is a great source of protein It contains lots of healthy fats It is very versatile and can be used in sweet or savory dishes It is very nutrient-dense It does not need to be refrigerated so is easy to pack for on the go It ... 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

November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month

November is Sweet Potato Awareness Month! This month the holidays go into full swing and what better way to celebrate than with loads of hearty, delicious, and… wait for it… HEALTHY food! That’s right, sweet potatoes fall into all of those categories.  Although people often think of sweet potatoes as a Thanksgiving side dish, these root vegetables are available year-round. They're becoming more popular too: sweet potato consumption rose by nearly 42% between 2000 and 2016, according to the USDA. ( The many varieties of sweet potatoes belong to the morning glory family, Convolvulaceae. The skins range in hue from almost white to dark red, with a few types sporting purple skin. Those unusual varieties may also have lavender or purple flesh. But the most common flesh colors range from white to deep ... 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