Grateful Recipient – Crow River Swat

2019 Grant Recipient - Crow River SwatWe are happy to announce that Hutchinson Police Services is one of the 2019 Foundation grant recipients. Members of Hutchinson Police Services and the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office make up the Crow River SWAT Team, which is an emergency response to dangerous situations where the risk to law enforcement, the public and suspects is heightened. Deputy Matt Wyatt of the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and Sergeant Eric Kilian of the Hutchinson Police Department explained the vital need that this grant is helping fund:

“This grant allows us to meet our medical needs and ensure lifesaving medical necessities are available to our team members when lives of law enforcement, members of the public, and suspects are at risk. We are relieved and appreciative that this need for our team will be met thanks to the generosity of the Foundation and its donors. Although the medical items we need are of real importance, there is always a challenge with funding items that we hopefully never have to use.

Not only does this grant benefit the Crow River SWAT Team, but it is necessary to keeping community members safe. With this new medical equipment, our team can initiate lifesaving efforts immediately (before the EMS can arrive) for anyone during high risk situations. Having a team that is properly equipped can mean the difference between life and death for those involved in the types of situations to which the Crow River SWAT Team responds.

In many cases, members of our community are first responders to local issues. When we keep healthcare local, we have better opportunities to build meaningful relationships with our healthcare providers resulting in more positive outcomes.”

If you are interested in learning how to apply for a Foundation grant, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4438.

A Message From Grateful Donor – Kyle Wendling

Kyle Wendling, HHF Board Member and Patrons of Promise Member

Kyle Wendling, HHF Board Member and Patrons of Promise Member

There may be a number of reasons you recognize Kyle Wendling’s name. Not only is Kyle a native of Hutchinson and co-owner of Wendling Insurance Services Inc. on Main Street, but he is also a Hutchinson Health Foundation Board member and Patrons of Promise member.

Kyle’s generosity to the Foundation comes from a love of his hometown and a desire to help members of the community. When asked about why Kyle decides to give gifts of time and money to organizations such as the Foundation, Kyle said, “How can you call Hutchinson home and not want to get involved? There are so many opportunities here to engage in organizations that have a direct, positive impact on our friends and neighbors. I choose to give back to the Foundation because I work with a lot of individuals who have concerns about healthcare after retiring. The Foundation does a wondering job at providing support to Hutchinson Health and the community as a whole to advance health in our area.”

When asked about what he is most proud of about our community, Kyle shared, “I believe our community sees the importance of striving to constantly improve quality of life for all individuals, including the new Cancer Center and inpatient addition, remodeled high school, and a great park system. Having quality healthcare at a local level is essential for our community to grow and attract new people to the area.”

Thank you, Kyle, for your dedication and contributions to the Foundation!

If you are interested in learning more about our Patrons of Promise program or other donation opportunities, please email or call Rachel Gemuenden at 320.484.4438

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Meet Andrea Marceau, Hutchinson Health Scholarship Recipient

Andrea Marceau, the recipient of the Hutchinson Health Employee Scholarship

Andrea Marceau, recipient of the 2018 Hutchinson Health Employee Scholarship

Andrea Marceau, a hospital services scheduler at Hutchinson Health, was the 2018 recipient of the Hutchinson Health Employee Scholarship. Andrea’s experiences working at Hutchinson Health the past three years have helped shape her career goals and have given her a unique perspective on the importance of quality, local healthcare. When asked how receiving the scholarship impacted her, Andrea shared the following:

“I felt very honored to receive this scholarship from the Hutchinson Health Foundation. There are many hard working students who are deserving, and it was a privilege to be chosen. My education has not taken the traditional course. After twenty years of full-time employment in various areas of healthcare, the time was right for me to pursue my goal of becoming a professional nurse. Through most of my schooling I have been working full-time, along with being a wife and mother, which can be quite challenging.

I will complete the nursing program at Ridgewater College in December 2019 and will then be eligible to take the national licensure test. My career goals are currently being shaped as I learn more about the field of nursing. I have an interest in hospital nursing as well as hospice care.

Hutchinson is an exceptional community. The community is always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for its residents. Providing scholarship opportunities for all types of students encourages growth of the individual student, which spreads to the family and community overall.

Hutchinson’s proximity to the metro allows for many opportunities, yet it still holds on to the small town feel. Working at Hutchinson Health for over three years, I have seen firsthand the care and concern each staff member takes in their work. It’s important to us that each patient receives great care, and the staff incorporates that small town feel into our approach with patients. This type of personal care is a direct result of keeping healthcare local in our community.”

We are currently accepting scholarship applications for 2019 with the deadline date for many nearing. You can find more application and submission details here.

A Message From Our Grateful Donors – The ONE Campaign

The ONE Campaign – Hutchinson Health Employees

April 1st saw the rebranding and launch of what has been a successful and popular employee giving program. The ONE Campaign launched exactly one year after joining the Health Partners Family and was formerly referred to as our E-Star Campaign. All donations contributed by our employees stay right here at Hutchinson Health and have a direct impact on our facilities. Improvements to Hutchinson Health, like the recent Cancer Center, and the now in process new Inpatient Unit are made a reality because of the generous support of our employees.

We asked a few of our employees to share why they choose to not only dedicate their time to Hutchinson Health on a daily basis, but also make a recurring, employee-directed financial contribution. A collection of their thoughts can be found below.   

“The Foundation does wonderful things within Hutchinson Health and has a huge impact on everyone. I choose to support their efforts because it means a lot to me that our monetary donation stays within the Hutchinson Hospital.” ~ Tammy Stifter, Staffing Scheduler

“I am a strong advocate and believer in philanthropy! Being able to help others by the gifts of time and money brings a sense of satisfaction.  As a lifelong member of this community and as a dedicated employee of Hutchinson Health, I want to see healthcare thrive.” ~ Kara Neubarth, Clinics and RT Operation Services Manager

“I believe donating gifts of time and money demonstrates my commitment not only to my work as an employee, but to our patients, their families and my fellow co-workers. I believe in the mission of the Foundation and the work that they do. I feel that to make our organization stronger, it is crucial to support them at every level from donating time to donating financially.

The Foundation’s focus to keep healthcare local is important to me, as keeping healthcare local is what keeps a community vibrant. It provides accessibility to many health services for individuals and provides economic growth for the community.” ~ Anna Harvala, Human Relations Representative

“I feel that giving gifts of time and money to organizations such as the Foundation is a small way I can help out a wonderful cause. The Foundation does a lot of great things and gives back to our community and healthcare.

Keeping healthcare local is important as it not only provides great service to our community, but it also provides numerous jobs.” ~ Amy McKay, Administrative Assistant

If you are interested in learning more about or participating in The ONE Campaignemail or call Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438. This program is not limited to Hutchinson Health employees, and other businesses and community organizations can also enroll in our payroll deduction program!

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A message from one of our grateful recipients – Allina Health Hospice

Allina Health Hospice Employees

Our 34th Annual Share N’ Care Dinner is quickly approaching. If you haven’t yet set aside the date, we encourage you to mark April 17th in your calendars and join us for an evening of entertainment and philanthropy at the Crow River Winery to celebrate a night of Hospice.

When we plan a fundraising event, planning begins very early and a great deal of thought and time are put into that event. You see, we want the event to be as successful as possible, as our fundraising events make a big impact for the organizations we work with. Traditionally our Share N’ Care Dinner proceeds go directly to support our local hospice connections, and as a result, we thought you might like to hear first hand what your support of this evening means to them.

Monica Stanton, from Allina Health Hospice, recently sat down with us and shared the following: [Read more…]

A Message From One of Our Grateful Donors – The Mulders

Dr. Steven & Evelyn Mulder

Dr. Steven & Evelyn Mulder

It is no secret that our donors are what make our Foundation successful.  Without their support, whether it be through our donor clubs, our E-Star program, by supporting our fundraising events, or simply a one time donation, we would cease to exist. Those of you new to the Foundation may not understand the impact that would have on our community. Every year we give away thousands of dollars in grants (thanks to our donors) that go to support the growth of health care in our community and make it a better place.

So as we continue forward with a new year, we will continue to bring you stories about our grant recipients, and how your donations make a critical impact; as well as stories from our donors and why they choose to partner with us, like the one below. If you would ever like to learn more about the Foundation, don’t hesitate to reach out!


Many of you know Dr. Mulder as the President of Hutchinson Health. In addition, he and his wife Evelyn are avid supporters of the Foundation and long time Circle of Friends Members. With an upcoming April retirement, we wanted to take this opportunity to sit down with Dr. Mulder and get his perspective about donating to an organization that is so near and dear to his heart. Dr. Mulder wanted to share the following: [Read more…]

$5 Jewelry Sale

The biannual $5 jewelry sales are a popular fundraiser at Hutchinson Health, and nationwide Masquerade Fundraising has become a highly requested hospital fundraising partner – raising over $10 million for Hospitals across the country.

The Hutchinson Health Foundation uses the sales from our $5 jewelry events to help raise funds for the Foundation’s Scholarship fund.


Next Jewelry Sales:

Spring Sale
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location:  Hospital Main Entrance

 

Winter Sale
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location:  Hospital Main Entrance

If you would like to receive an email notification reminding you of our upcoming jewelry sale, you can sign up here.