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Drive up COVID testing FAQ #1

As we finalize our drive up COVID-19 testing which starts Monday, May 4th, we will share some common FAQ's to keep you informed. Here is FAQ #1. What kind of testing are you doing and who can be tested? Hutchinson Health will be collecting a nasopharyngeal swab (a deep nasal swab) for PCR testing. This will test for CURRENT infection. Blood tests, also known as antibody testing, are what show a history of infection. The blood test is NOT available at this time. Any patient who CURRENTLY has symptoms consistent with COVID19 (Fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or new loss of taste or smell) can be tested. Check our website for the latest details on our drive up testing as they are posted. ... Continue Reading

Video Visit Fun

Creative ways our Speech-Language Pathologists use during their video visits keep Mr. Potato Head busy. For this visit Carlene Johnson, SL-P,  was telling the child what parts to put where, so working on direction following, Then in another video visit later , she and the patient had the same set so they copied each other’s. Making learning fun. “This epidemic is going to change how we do lots of things in this world. With Video visits being used on wifi, we are able to go anywhere and still get therapy, even in the camper!” ~ mom of patient. ... Continue Reading

Drive up COVID-19 Testing Starts May 4th

Hutchinson Health is hard at work expanding COVID -19 testing at our facility starting Monday, May 4th. We are working through the details for an expanded drive up collection option to make it safe and easy. Testing will only be available for patients with symptoms and after a screening process has been completed. The COVID- 19 test is a nasal swab collected right in your vehicle. Please check our website for further instructions as details are released. ... Continue Reading

Thank you to our Many Volunteers

As National Volunteer Month comes to a close, we are so thankful for the many volunteers who give their time and energy to Hutchinson Health. And although our volunteers can't be here during this time of social distancing, we wait for the day when we can see your smiling faces again! ... Continue Reading

McLeod County COVID 19 Poster

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A Note from Dr. Emily Zoulek

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my exit from my practice at Hutchinson Health and the State of Minnesota, effective July 5th, 2020. It has been a great pleasure providing for your health care needs over the years, and it is not easy for me to say goodbye. As of July 5th, 2020, other members of the Hutchinson Health group will be available to you for your care. Resources on these providers can be seen here: I am pleased that you have the opportunity to have any of them as your physician. They are all well‑trained, compassionate, and engaged providers who would love nothing more than to stand by your side for your healthcare needs. While leaving my practice was a very hard decision, I feel confident and proud to have left my patients in these provider’s ... Continue Reading

Your Mental Health is Important and asking for help can be difficult

You’re not alone if you feel like the current situation with COVID-19 has been disruptive to your life. It has altered almost everyone’s daily schedules and routines, and it has created a lot of uncertainty. We want to help you and your loved ones plan, prepare, and cope with stress related to this rapidly changing situation. Hutchinson Health remains committed to providing mental health services and continuity of care. Telehealth Appointments Our Outpatient Mental Health Clinic has been conducting telehealth visits for both existing patients and new patients. Telehealth has provided an opportunity for continuation of care, to best target and treat mental and emotional health difficulties during this stressful time. Here is some feedback we’re getting from patients, families, and providers that’s been positive! “I was worried I ... Continue Reading

We are all in this together

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Homemade Cough Syrup

Dr. Leah Willson

Looking for a homemade, natural cough syrup? Dr. Leah Willson, pediatrician, shares a couple recipes for adults and children. Not intended for babies under 12 months. Effective Natural Homemade Cough Syrup recipe for children 1 year and older. #1 1 cup pineapple juice 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice One level teaspoon ginger powder 2 Tablespoons honey 1/8 teaspoon salt (dash) 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (dash) Blend in a blender or food processor until smooth, no lumps of powder. Store in refrigerator. Can give 1 to 2 teaspoons every 2 hours as needed for cough. #2 1/4 cup pineapple juice and 1/4 cup honey or 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup honey Blend well. Store in refrigerator. Can be given as needed for cough. NOT for children under 12 months. ... Continue Reading

3M Donates 1000 Masks

Thank you to 3M for helping keep Hutchinson Health and HealthPartners staff safe, 3M donated 1000 new N95 and R95.that will be used across all our sites. Masks are one of the essential pieces of our personal protective equipment for our staff. Thank you 3M for helping keep us safe and adding to our supply. ... Continue Reading