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May is Stroke Awareness Month


Stroke is Minnesota’s 5th leading cause of death. Becoming an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital has prepared our hospital to provide the best possible stroke care for our community. Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes. Act FAST at the first sign of stroke. FAST stands for: Facial weakness, arm weakness, speech difficulties and T is for Time is brain — call 911. Other stroke symptoms also may include: • Sudden severe headache without known cause • Sudden weakness or numbness, sometimes on one side of the body • Sudden dizziness, difficulty walking, or loss of balance/coordination • Sudden confusion and trouble ... [Read More...]

Celebrating Our Employees Dedication

At a luncheon at the Crow River Golf Club, Hutchinson Health celebrated employees with 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service.  Thank you to our employees that have served Hutchinson Health throughout the years. 5 Years of Service           10 Years of Service           15 Years of Service           20 Years of Service           25 Years of Service           30 Years of Service           35 Years of Service           40 Years of Service ... [Read More...]

Autism is Growing

With 1 in 68 children now estimated to have autism spectrum disorder, community support is critical. During May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month, one of Hutchinson Health’s Speech-Language Pathologist Jackie Dietz  asks residents to use this as an opportunity to consider how they communicate and interact with people with autism.   Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social communication and social interaction and the presence of restricted, repetitive behaviors. Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat children with autism. They help in areas including communication skills and social skills.   “Everyone can play a role in fostering an inclusive atmosphere for children and adults with autism, whether at school, in workplaces, in local businesses, and throughout our ... [Read More...]

Measles Information

In Our Community

Are you concerned about the recent measles outbreak? Here is some information: Getting vaccinated is the best method to prevent getting measles. 1.) Infants under the age of 6 months can’t be given the MMR, but if they are between 6 months and 12 months, they can get a dose. Unfortunately, if it is even one day prior to their 1st birthday, it won’t count as part of the two dose series (and they will ultimately get three doses total). 2.) Technically, the second dose of MMR can be given 28 days after the first dose. Usually the second MMR is given around age 4 or 5. You do not have to have a physician's orders to get your child vaccinated. You can make a nurse only appointment at Hutchinson Health to have an MMR vaccine administered at any time Monday – Friday from 8-12 and 1-4:30 and on Saturdays from 9-11:30. If you have been ... [Read More...]

Meet our Speech-Language Pathologists

Meet our Speech-Language Pathologists Jackie Dietz, Elizabeth Wurdell, and Susan Kasal. Speech-Language Pathologists work with individuals from birth to adults, who have difficulty communicating as well as swallowing. Services for adults are available in our Outpatient Rehab Clinic, which is located in Plaza 15 at the Hutchinson Health’s Orthopedic and Rehab Clinic. Services for pediatrics are temporarily located in our Outpatient Mental Health Clinic in Plaza 15, next to Hutchinson Health’s Orthopedic and Rehab Clinic. The projected move to the new location is scheduled for fall of 2017. Our Speech-Language Pathologists are all licensed with the state of Minnesota and are members of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). The following is a list of conditions they treat and services they provide for our adult ... [Read More...]

Bike to Work May 19th

National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 19, 2017!!! Heart of Hutch will be hosting the Bike to Work event again this year. It's a great opportunity to be healthy and experience community. Riders bike to Library Square for coffee and a delicious breakfast provided by Outdoor Motion and Elena’s Bakery served between 0630 and 0800. Don't have a bike? Borrow one! Bike is old? Old bikes work...The bike I ride was new to me in the mid-1980s. It works! It's become vintage like its rider! We welcome bikes with or without bells, orange safety flags, and baseball cards stick between the spokes! Who: All are welcome!! This is a community-wide event. Invite your friends to join for the ride us even if they do not work for Hutchinson Health. What: Bikes, Friends, Food, Community When: Friday, May 19, 2017 There are a couple organized ... [Read More...]

Employee Plant FREE Market

Hutchinson Health's Employee Plant FREE Market was a huge success. Thanks to Julie Juaire for organizing this fun event. These pictures are the happy employees that scored FREE plants yesterday. Now they can enjoy them all season long.               ... [Read More...]

Annual Cardiac Rehab Walk May 23rd

Hutchinson Health Cardiac Rehab wants to celebrate our cardiac patients. Come to our annual walk on Tuesday, May 23rd. All are welcome. No need to pre-register. ... [Read More...]

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

In Our Community

"Communication the Key to Connection" is the theme for May, 2017, Better Hearing and Speech Month. Our Audiologist, ENT, and our Speech-Language Pathologists are here to help you improve your hearing and speech. Check our website to see our list of providers.   ... [Read More...]

Flu Visitor Restrictions Now Lifted

In Our Community

Hutchinson Health is happy to announce that we will be lifting our flu season visitor restrictions. We had a VERY busy influenza season this year. It is normal to see an early and late peak during the season. It is NOT usual to see the late peak be as large as it was. We also had a very pronounced Influenza B year this year which is also unusual. Due to the number of overall cases dropping, we can now lift our visiting restrictions. ... [Read More...]