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New President for Hutchinson Health

We are pleased to announce that James (Jim) Lyons will be the new President of Hutchinson Health, effective Friday, April 12. Jim brings extensive experience in hospital and care group leadership to our team, making him uniquely qualified for this role. He has served in multiple roles with Hutchinson Health dating back to 1996, most recently as our Chief of Clinic Operations. In these roles, he has been instrumental in our work to integrate our hospital and medical group, develop a culture of quality improvement and build strong partnerships with our community. As a leader, Jim has shown a commitment to improving the health and quality of life for the people of Hutchinson and the surrounding communities. He is a past board member for the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and continues to serve as a member of their audit and ... Continue Reading

Celebrating our Board Certified Nurses

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Hutchinson Health Celebrates Certified Nurses Day on March 19 by Honoring the 18 Board Certified Nurses on its Staff   Hutchinson Health is celebrating Certified Nurses Day, on March 19, by honoring its board-certified nurses. The following nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in patient care:   Maureen Lowden, RNC:  Inpatient Obstetrical Nurse Nicole Kuttner, IBCLC: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Janelle Walter, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Lee Krenik, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Lindsey Vacek, IBCLC:  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Teresa Smith, ACNS-BC:  Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist Holly Oestreich, CDE:  ... Continue Reading

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Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 11-16

Hutchinson Health celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week March 11-15. We celebrate this week and strive to provide this every day.   ... Continue Reading

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Each year, over 2,200 Minnesotans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  And sadly, more than 700 die from it.  Colon cancer is in fact the no. 2 cancer killer in the United States as a whole – even though it’s 90 percent curable if caught early. That’s why getting screened for this cancer is so important. The American Cancer Society says regular screenings should start at age 45 for African Americans and Native Americans, who are at higher risk for the disease. And screening should start at age 50 for all other races and ethnicities, since risk increases with age across the board. In Minnesota, though, only 71 percent of the adults who have reached these ages are getting timely screenings.  And screening rates among populations of color are even lower at only 56.2 ... Continue Reading

Thank you Dr. Sara Shorter

Thank you for your years of dedication and commitment to your patients, Dr. Sara Shorter. We wish you well in your new position as Hospice Medical Director.  Good Luck.   ... Continue Reading

Pulmonary Function Testing Now Performed at Hutchinson Health

Pulmonary Function Testing is now being performed at Hutchinson Health, thanks to our partnership with HealthPartners, at our Pulmonary Function Lab (PFL). Pulmonary Function Tests are noninvasive and can show exactly how well the lungs are actually working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. They also measure the endurance of the lung when working at capacity, so it is important to note it can be challenging. A couple of the tests performed at the PFL: Spirometry which measures air flow in different parts of the lungs Plethysmography which measures volume Adult testing at our Pulmonary Function Lab can evaluate lung disease, determine the effectiveness of new or current treatment, and measure how severely lungs are damaged. The information gained from Pulmonary Function Testing can ... Continue Reading

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Do something healthy for your heart! https://quiz.tryinteract.com/#/5c54a51e21ba6d0014ead2ec       ... Continue Reading

We are Open

Here for you in this winter wonderland. Hutchinson Health Clinic is open today until 5:00pm and our Urgent Care is OPEN until 7:00pm. ... Continue Reading

New Inpatient Wing Expansion for Hutchinson Health

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Rosann Maher, Hutchinson Health Marketing/Public Relations (320) 484-4578 FOR RELEASE January 28, 2019 New Inpatient Wing Expansion for Hutchinson Health After several years of planning, Hutchinson Health is pleased to announce a NEW Inpatient wing is about to become a reality. The City of Hutchinson gave final approval for our project at their January meeting. The new wing will be a 17,600 square foot addition with 18 patient rooms (and ability to build out 4 more if demand requires). The rooms will be roughly twice the size of our current rooms with plenty of space for patient, family/visitors and staff. Space for nursing and other support staff will be designed to support optimal efficiency and enhanced patient experience. The $21 million investment for this new wing will remarkably change the exterior ... Continue Reading