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Hutchinson Health Receives WHITE Ribbon from The MDH

Hutchinson Health received a WHITE Ribbon level from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for the FluSafe program.  Hutchinson Health participates in this program which encourages health care organizations to vaccinate as many employees as possible.  There were 79% of our employees that were vaccinated for the 2014-2015 season. Participating in this program represents the high level of commitment we have at Hutchinson Health , in regard to patient safety and quality   assurance. Getting vaccinated is the first step in  protecting against getting the flu. ... Continue Reading

Winter Health and Safety Tips

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Together, we can keep ourselves and our neighbors as healthy and safe as possible throughout the winter months. Take a moment to read through these tips and formulate a plan for these situations, so you and your family are prepared.   Personal Health Flu Vaccine: It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine. Hutchinson Health’s vaccine is one of the only quadravalent vaccines in the area. Which means it covers all 4 strains of the virus. Walk-ins welcome, appointments appreciated.  320-234-3290 Protect your skin: Sunscreen is not just for summer. In fact, the sun is very intense in the winter and reflects off the snow making sunscreen application a necessity. Prior to spending a day on the slopes or sledding with the kids, apply sunscreen and protect your skin. Wash your hands: Keeping your hands clean is a critical step ... Continue Reading

Hutchinson Health is a High Performer for the RARE Campaign

The Minnesota Hospital Association recognizes Hutchinson Health as a high performer in regard to Reducing Avoidable Re-Admissions (RARE) and preventing adverse skin events for our patients. This means you receive reliable, preventative care when you need it most. The strides we have made to continuously advance health and safety outcomes for our patients and our community is something we are excited to share with you. Hutchinson Health was one of 86 hospitals who participated in the RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively) Campaign. How We Made This Happen! Hutchinson Health provides amazing care through a team effort from ALL of our care givers. Here’s how we took action to reduce re-admissions and make these results possible: Hutchinson Health Reduces Re-admissions Increasing focus on safe medication management ... Continue Reading

Hutchinson Health is designated Level 1 Heart Attack Center

Hutchinson Health Minneapolis Heart Insitute Level 1 Heart Attack Center

Recognized by the Minneapolis Heart Institute, Hutchinson Hutch uses the Level One Heart Attack Program as a model of care and is recognized for our ability to respond to cardiovascular emergencies. ... Continue Reading

Hutchinson Health receives Level III Trauma Designation

Hutchinson Health Minnesota Department of Health Level III Trauma Center

The Minnesota Department of Health grants the designation to hospitals with a trauma program that meets personnel, services, and resource requirements to respond to emergency medical situations. ... Continue Reading

Hutchinson Health receives Patient Safety Excellence Award

Minnesota Hospital Association Patient Safety Excellence Award honors superior efforts in preventing adverse health events. Hutchinson Health was honored with the Safe from Falls award in recognition of our efforts to implement best practices in patient safety. ... Continue Reading

Hutchinson Health receives accreditation from the American College of Radiology

Hutchinson Health is accredited by the Hutchinson Health receives accreditation from the American College of Radiology

ACR accreditation in mammography is a national recognition in quality and safety involving review of staff qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, image quality and radiation dose. ... Continue Reading

Hutchinson Health Nurse Receives Award

Jen Miller, a registered nurse at Hutchinson Health, was recently recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association with its quarterly "Good Catch for Patient Safety Award." The award recognizes hospital staff whose actions help identify a patient safety issue, and prevent patient harm. In Miller's case, she was in a team meeting with a hospitalist who mentioned that the plan for a patient was to await a test result before determining future care. Miller questioned whether the test had been ordered and upon further investigation, discovered that it had not. She informed the physician, the test was ordered, and the patient had a good outcome. "In a situation like this, a staff nurse could assume the physician knew what was happening, and in any case, it was their responsibility," noted Dr. Steven Mulder, president and CEO of ... Continue Reading

Minnesota’s Top 100 Medical Leaders

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Dr. Steve Mulder, President and CEO of Hutchinson Health, was recently selected as one of "Minnesota's 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders" by Minnesota Physician magazine. Every four years, Minnesota Physician compiles a list of the 100 most influential health care leaders in Minnesota. The list includes U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen, and other leaders across the spectrum of clinical care, health care policy, research and management. Dr. Mulder and the other honorees were recognized for their leadership and spirit of inspiration. “While I’m honored to be mentioned in such distinguished company, I know it is the physicians and staff of Hutchinson Health that make all our great work possible,” said Mulder. A recent recipient of the Patient Safety Leadership Award from the Minnesota ... Continue Reading

Nurses Transform Care

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Transforming Care at the Bedside Hutchinson Area Health Care is one of 22 Minnesota hospitals participating in an 18-month project called “Transforming Care at the Bedside” or TCAB for short. “Nurses are invigorated, excited, empowered,” said Sandy Linder. ”TCAB empowers front-line staff to make decisions that will allow them to spend more time at each patient’s bedside. “This is nursing the way it’s supposed to be,” said Sarah Henschke. “Nurses went into this field because we enjoy caring for patients. Now we have more time to spend with each patient.” Caring for patients is obviously what nurses do, but the fact is they spend a large chunk of each shift filling out paperwork, hunting down supplies, picking up medication and performing other tasks. The goal of TCAB is to streamline hospital practices to free nurses from ... Continue Reading