2019 Grant Recipients

Each year the Foundation funds organizational proposals that support the advancement of health within our community. Grants are awarded to fund new health initiatives, programs that improve health services, and health education programs. We are able to award these grants thanks to the generosity of our donors.

We are excited and proud to announce the 2019 Hutchinson Health Foundation grant recipients. Read below to learn more about how this year’s grants will be making a positive impact in our community.


Hutchinson Health

Education, Instrumental Directive CPR Feedback Manikins
Grant Amount $4,165.00 

“CPR saves lives. Feedback manikins will ensure participants are correctly performing the necessary skills. Almost 400 employees at Hutchinson Health are trained in these lifesaving skills every two years, as well as community members. This grant will allow Hutchinson Health to purchase an additional 12 feedback manikins to reduce staff time and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the CPR classes.” – Anna Harvala, Human Relations Representative​


Hutchinson Health

Inpatient Mental Health, Razors
Grant Amount – $3,875.00

“Our mission and vision both focus on promoting health for the unique population of patients in the Inpatient Mental Health unit. Our patients come from all over the state and often do not have the opportunity to pack their own belongings. An important part of managing depression is daily hygiene. This grant will allow for the purchase of razors that provide a safe means for our patients to groom and will have a positive impact aiding in their recovery.” – Heidi Nelson, Hutchinson Health


Hutchinson Farmers Market

Power of Produce Program
Grant Amount – $3,500.00

“This year, the Power of Produce program is on track to engage more than 600 children and their families. We want to provide education, activities and actual spending power to these children so that they are prepared to make healthy food choices all while strengthening community relationships and enjoying a unique, outdoor experience.”
– Aimee Haag, VP Farmers Market Board


Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum

Maker Space
Grant Amount – $3,493.81

“We would like to start developing a “Maker Space” at the museum which would be an area that focuses on hands-on activities for older children. Included will be:
New free standing corn stalks (Ag Exhibit)
Squishy Circuits, Keva Planks and Small Robots
These items will help produce a new engaging, interactive exhibit in which children and their caregivers can experience concepts of healthy behaviors and hands-on learning through play that will grow into life-long skills and interests.” – Jessica Sabrowsky, Director


Common Cup

Weekend Feeding Program for Kids
Grant Amount – $3,004.13

“A need was identified statistically through the State of MN of supplemental food due to a “food disparity” in McLeod County. Research has found that many students whose families qualify financially for free/reduced lunch and breakfast at school do not have adequate food for the weekend. By providing food to children, they are better able to concentrate in school and participate in activities. Students feel less marginalized when basic needs are met. Health improves for everyone when nutritional needs are met. Common Cup and Hunger Free McLeod have received many positive and thankful responses from parents and teachers of students that receive this food.” – Bev Bonte, Director


Aveyron Homes

CPR/First Aid Kit, Manikins
Grant Amount – $2,879.56

“With CPR manikins, Aveyron Homes will be able teach classes at convenient times for Aveyron staff, as well as community members, including local businesses such as daycare providers. Once we start teaching these classes, the goal will be to certify more than 150 people each year.” Kathy Kalenberg, Executive Director


Crow River SWAT Team

First Aid Kits and Medic Bag Items
Grant Amount – $2,714.20

“The Crow River SWAT Team serves the city of Hutchinson and the surrounding county. The team responds to dangerous and life threatening situations. With this grant we will be able to upgrade our individual first aid kits and make them consistent for the entire team. The team medic bag also needs upgraded, modern equipment to adequately serve us and our community. Having this gear will allow all of our officers to be trained and equipped in the same manner to deal with these serious medical situations.” – Sgt. Eric Kilian


Hutchinson Health

Education, Multi Venous Training Arm
Grant Amount – $729.00

“Education services is an integral part of Hutchinson Health ensuring employees are current on life support class certifications. Using a training arm will provide a better education experience, which in turn enhances patient care skills.” – Joe Jorgensen, Instructor


Hutchinson Health

Social Services, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Resources, Family Support Resources
Grant Amount – $439.80

“As social workers, we see families struggling with providing care for their loved one with Dementia/Alzheimer’s. We are in need of resources to provide to these families, such as a book titled “My Past is Now My Future” by Lanny Butler. By providing resources we are providing hope, and these families will feel that Hutchinson Health employees understand and care about their situation.” – Coletta Wortz, Hutchinson Health


Hutchinson Health

Health Care Home, Transportation Tokens
Grant Amount – $100.00

“Transportation barriers are a barrier to healthcare access, especially for low-income or under/uninsured individuals. This barrier can lead to missed or rescheduled appointments, delayed care, and missed or delayed medication use. Tokens for use on the Trailblazer Transit will provide transportation to and from medical appointments at Hutchinson Health for patients in need.” – Joy May, Health Care Home Care Guides Program Supervisor


Hutchinson Health

Health Care Home, Bathroom Scales
Grant Amount – $99.50

“Many of our Health Care Home Care Coordinated patients have a diagnosis of obesity, and weight loss is recommended for the patient by their doctor. Some of our patients do not have the money to purchase a scale to assist in monitoring their weight. Providing a bathroom scale to these patients will help them monitor their weight and improve their overall health.” – Joy May, Health Care Home Care Guides Program Supervisor

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