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Early Detection is the Best Way to Fight Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to equip people with the information and resources they need to spread awareness within their own family and circle of friends. It’s a time dedicated toward helping people understand how prominent breast cancer is and what can be done to help prevent, diagnose, and treat the disease. What can we, as a community, do to fight breast cancer and bring more awareness to the cause? In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. Our goal at Hutchinson Health is to encourage self-exams, screenings, and mammograms to aid in early detection. Together, we can make progress and lead a strong fight against this disease. Early detection ... Continue Reading

Cold, Flu and Gastroenteritis – What are the differences?

This is a common time of year for people to get sick with a variety of illnesses. Understanding the differences between a cold, the flu, and gastroenteritis can help you determine what kind of care you need. What Kind of Care Do You Need? Influenza - If you have influenza, the CDC states that most will recover with rest and time, but people that are very sick or in a high risk group will need medical attention. There are prescription medications that can help treat influenza in high risk patients and you can check with your provider for options. Cold - If you have a cold, get rest and appropriate over-the-counter medications for comfort are the recommended treatment. There aren't prescription medications available to treat a cold. Gastroenteritis - The stomach flu is also an illness that just needs time to ... Continue Reading

Disaster Drill at Hutchinson Health Tuesday, September 25th

Disaster Drill – September 25, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm Hutchinson Health is participating in a mass casualty disaster drill with area partners on September 25th from 5:30-7:30pm.  .  The drill objectives are to: Test our disaster triaging system Test our processes in the disaster treatment areas Practice setting up the family assistance center Test communications with Law Enforcement and EMS Test the hospital incident command structure and emergency operations Test emergency communications to off duty staff for assistance This is a great way for us to practice so we are ready in the event it is ever needed to be instigated. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with our community partners to refine our processes for mass casualty events.  The following entities are participating in the ... Continue Reading

New Urgent Care Opens September 25th

Urgent Care will be open seven days a week from 8:00am to 7:00pm. Hutchinson Health’s newly remodeled Urgent Care will be opening on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Located in the Northeast area of Hutchinson Health. To make an appointment at either Hutchinson Health Clinic or Urgent Care, call (320) 234-3290 All patients arriving at Urgent Care will be seen by a triage nurse through our Care That Fits service, helping provide the appropriate level of care, assessing urgency, and identifying when Emergency Care is necessary. While patients should attempt to pick the most suitable option for treatment right away, a severely injured or seriously ill patient will be assessed and quickly sent to the emergency room. When Should You Choose Hutchinson Health Clinic, Urgent Care or Emergency Room Care? Emergency Room Emergency care is the ... Continue Reading

Flu Shots Available

Flu shots available at Hutchinson Health. Get yours now, and be prepared before influenza season arrives.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting your flu shot before the flu begins spreading in your community. After receiving your vaccination it takes about two weeks to build up antibodies that help protect you from the flu. Getting a shot after influenza season starts is still helpful, but getting it early provides the most benefit. Stop at Hutchinson Health Monday - Friday from 8am - 4:30pm and ask for a flu shot. We'll get it taken care of - no appointment necessary.  The flu shot is offered at Hutchinson Health. The flu mist will not be available this year.  Learn more about the CDC's projections for the 2018 - 2019 influenza season and the vaccination ... Continue Reading

Hutchinson Health Newborns are Vikings Fan from the Start

Thanks to the Minnesota Vikings every newborn born on Vikings Game Days at  Hutchinson Health BirthCare will become instant fans. The following items will be included in the Vikings Newborn Kit: • Welcome Letter/Information Sheet • Vikings-branded Halo Swaddle • Baby Milestone Stickers There is no cost to participate in the Vikings Newborn Fan Club. Please remember  parents to share photos using #VikingsNewborn. SKOL!!     ... Continue Reading

Dr. Steven Mulder to Retire April 2019

After a 40 year medical career, the past 24 years with Hutchinson Health, Dr. Steven Mulder, President and CEO of Hutchinson Health, plans to retire in April 2019. Dr. Mulder first joined Hutchinson Health as a family physician in 1995. Prior to becoming President and CEO in 2009, he served as Emergency Department Medical Director, Chief Medical Officer, Director of Quality and Safety and Director of Clinical Services. Dr. Mulder has been a strong advocate for quality and safety and has participated on many committees and task forces for the Minnesota Hospital Association.  Dr. Mulder has been a strong influence for a more integrated health care delivery system in Hutchinson.  During his tenure as CEO, Hutchinson Area Health Care and Hutchinson Medical Center merged in 2013 to form Hutchinson Health. As health care policy and ... Continue Reading

Hutchinson Health Transfers Ownership of Harmony River to Presbyterian Homes & Services

Hutchinson Health announced that Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) will assume ownership of Harmony River Care Center effective August 1, 2018. The ownership change will also include the sale of approximately 23 acres of adjacent land for possible future expansion. Harmony River, with 120 care center suites and 18 assisted living apartments, was developed by Hutchinson Health and PHS in 2012, replacing Burns Manor Care Center, which had served the community since 1965. PHS has been managing operations since the redevelopment. “This transition is a natural evolution of senior services in our community” said Dr. Steve Mulder, President of Hutchinson Health. “Presbyterian Homes has been a valued partner for the past ten plus years, beginning with the earliest planning for Harmony River. With their demonstrated commitment to the ... Continue Reading

Entrance to Clinic under Construction

Starting Monday we will be remodeling the curbing at the drop off entrance to the Hutchinson Health Clinic. The entrance will be OPEN, but to better help you navigate, a concierge will be located at the clinic east entrance, to help those needing assistance as they arrive and depart. Concierge services will be available Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm, through the duration of the project. Follow the signage and walk up the temporary ramp if the concierge is not visible, as they may be helping other guests. Look for a teal or purple shirt, with “Make Good Happen” on the front if you should need any assistance. ... Continue Reading

Hometown Hero Night at Wheel and Cog

Wheel & Cog's Hometown Hero's Night

Come to Wheel and Cog Children's' Museum for Hometown Hero Night Admission is FREE. ... Continue Reading