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Hutchinson Health announces plans to join HealthPartners

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HUTCHINSON, Minn. and BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Hutchinson Health board of directors today announced its intent for the organization to join HealthPartners. The affiliation will bring together two strong organizations and expands capabilities to better serve patients and the community. Hutchinson Health will retain its name and remain a distinct, locally-governed entity as part of HealthPartners. “We believe that the best care is delivered close to home when possible, and we looked for a partnership that would strengthen our ability to serve our community and broaden access to convenient specialty services in our area,” said Steven Mulder, MD, president and CEO of Hutchinson Health. “We were impressed with the culture of HealthPartners, their level of achievement in providing quality, cost-effective care, and their commitment to the ... [Read More...]

Why Get a Flu Vaccine?

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Yearly flu vaccination is the best tool currently available to protect against influenza (flu), a serious disease which sickens millions of people each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against flu and its potentially serious complications. Millions of people have safely received flu vaccines for decades. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Reasons to get a flu vaccine: Flu vaccination can keep you from getting sick from flu. Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults. A 2014 study showed that flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of ... [Read More...]

Strength ABC Program Improves Lymphedema

Hutchinson Health's Strength After Breast Cancer Program Sherry Rasco was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and truly feels recently taking the program was beneficial to her.  The therapists were able to customize each session to be tailored to what she needed personally.  Even though Sherry is a survivor of 11 years she has continually been trying to minimize the effects of lymphedema; by trying to increase and build strength but not get injured in the process.  The ABC program incorporated the core,arms, legs, all the muscle groups, which was so important.  It is not a hard program to accomplish,  and it is one that is very beneficial to the whole body. Call the Hutchinson Health Orthopaedic and Rehab Clinic for information on the program, 320-484-4400. ... [Read More...]

Rest Easy, New Beds

Rest Easy...New Beds Hutchinson Health Hospital has 25 new Stryker beds for our patient care. These new beds are high tech and have features for both our patients and staff. *There are enhanced settings for positioning and comfort so our patients can rest more comfortably *To prevent patients from falling out of the beds, the "fall alarms" are more sensitive, which alert our staff *The beds are motorized and maneuver easier, which helps our staff when transporting our patients to different areas ... [Read More...]

Strength After Breast Cancer

Hutchinson Health's Strength After Breast Cancer Program “I learned through the Strength ABC program that after breast cancer treatment, it is safe to return to exercise to help strengthen my arm, as long as it is a slow, progressive exercise program. One of the greatest lessons for me was that I needed to start slow and with a lower weight than what I was using previously. The therapists instructed me on how to slowly and safely progress the weights and reps to prevent injury. They taught me the signs and symptoms to watch for with my body when progressing with the exercises.” ~ Ronda Matthias ... [Read More...]

Team Teuby Car Wash at Hutchinson Health

Car wash this Friday at Hutchinson Health west parking lot benefiting Team Teuby for the Emotions in Motion 5K. Hutchinson Health is proud to sponsor the SAVE event which is a suicide awareness walk, Sunday, September 17th. Please swing with your dirty wheels, $5 will get you cleaned up. ... [Read More...]

Wheel of Wellness at the Fair

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Wheel of Wellness at our booth today at the McLeod County Fair. Come see us and participate and win a prize 4:00pm-9:00pm in the Commercial Building. Karen Gensmer and Peg Christenson will be covering eating healthy on a budget! ... [Read More...]

August International Breast Feeding Month

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August is International Breast Feeding Month and our lactating team is here to help any mom or mom to be with advice or questions. Hutchinson Health has 3 consultants and 2 counselors Rosalie Krenik, Nicole Kuttner, Janelle Walter, Lindsey Vacek,and Mikayla Vanic. Contact our BirthCare (320-484-4620) to schedule a time to meet with or talk to a lactation specialist. Stay tuned for breastfeeding related postings this month. ... [Read More...]

Special Delivery 30 lbs of Babies

Special delivery of 30 lbs of love. Three 10 lb babies were born in the last few days at our BirthCare Center. Congratulations to all the lucky families. ... [Read More...]

Hutchinson Health Leadership Drive for School Supplies

Hutchinson Health Leadership spent the day off site focusing on their development and skills. Today's other goal was to collect school supplies to be donated to Common Cup, and be distributed to the students in our area. Nice assortment of items. If you would like to donate, contact Common Cup as there are many students needing help with starting the year off prepared. ... [Read More...]