Quarter 1, 2020

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Grateful Recipient – Jim Lyons on Behalf of Hutchinson Health

On behalf of the employees of Hutchinson Health, I want to express our heartfelt gratitude for the donations in support of our fight against COVID-19 infections. The PPE donations, hand sewn masks, meals, treats, cards and letters of support have been incredible. The Hutchinson Health staff are committed to being here and serving our community when you need us most. The support from the community with these supplies and show of support provide a boost for everyone as this work continues on.

Health care is personal, delivered one person at a time by real people. We use science and technology, but combine it with compassion that can only come from people. We call this Head + Heart, Together. We need both, which is why health care should be provided in the local community whenever possible, with people who live here. We are taking care of our friends, neighbors and families. And with the donations coming back from the community, they are taking care of us. When I walk down a corridor and see the different colors of the donated masks, I am reminded that each one was made individually, with the same care and commitment we bring to those who need us. It is a great reminder of the wonderful partnership we have with our community members.

With deepest appreciation and gratitude, we say “Thank you” for all the support.

Donate today to support the New COVID-19 Response & Relief Fund.


A Message from Grateful Donors – The Nichols Family

A Note from Sheila Nichols, sister of Hutchinson Health’s Dr. Stacy Nichols

As always, when you give a part of yourself to a worthy organization, you get back tenfold.  During these tumultuous times, you need to lend a hand any way you can.  There is distance between us, but there is no lack of unity in our fight to overcome this and become a stronger nation because of it.

~ Sheila Nichols

Donna Nichols

On March 13th we took our parents out of their senior apartment and moved them into our house in Plymouth.  All four kids felt this was imperative as we had seen the heartbreaking photos of Seattle where the seniors were locked inside with no visitors.  Our timing was early, and a bit of a surprise to our parents.  We said to each other that it was better early as by the time it was too late, it was way too late.  We were able to take their recliners, clothes, meds, etc.  And, gave us enough time to return for forgotten items while we could still move freely about the building.  Due to Mom and Dad (Donna and Steve Nichols) underlying health issues at 87 and 88 years old, we knew that COVID 19 would not be kind to them.  We quarantined ourselves starting that day and have had everything delivered to us since then.

Watching the news on the television is daunting.  You can see too much, yet you cannot turn away.  We sit here in our big, comfortable house.  We are warm, we are fed, we are among loved ones, yet the world seems to be turning upside down.  We enjoy the bald eagle and swans in the back yard, seeing the neighbor kids play in the street.  It all seems so surreal – can it be true?  The more we watch, the more helpless we felt.  Mom and Dad remember WWII when they were children.  They tell of picking milkweed pods and cattails to make life preservers for the sailors.  They talk about saving and flattening aluminum cans, silver gum wrappers and victory gardens.  It changed their world forever, as this will change ours.

Steve Nichols

Then we learn of the shortage of PPE, which should never happen in the greatest country in the world.  But, it has.  We not only have healthcare workers without protection, but we have new warriors out there – shopping, selling and delivering – with no protection.  When we heard about organizations asking for homemade masks we knew this was something we could do.  We immediately rallied behind the initiative and cleaned out our own stashes of cotton fabric and elastic.  We quickly ordered another sewing machine and more materials on the internet.  We began our own war effort in our dining room in Plymouth.  Dad carefully cuts the elastic to the correct length.  Mom sews the masks from the fabric I have cut – alternating from the sewing machine to resting her legs while she turns them inside out.  The count is up to 500 and still going strong.  New fabric arrives weekly – giving us something to look forward to.  We love the pictures of friends and healthcare workers wearing the masks.  It gives us joy to see that we are making a tiny difference.

My sister, Dr. Stacy Nichols, works for Hutchinson Health.  She told us that the Foundation had started collecting masks for use in non patient facing positions and for all people entering the nursing homes.  They were in need.  We were honored to be able to support such a wonderful organization, and one that is so close to our hearts – part of the family. Recognizing that it was probably more difficult to get donations outside of the city; yet the need might be even greater due to the limited supply. Supporting Stacy made us proud.  We have focused our donation efforts on organizations that we as a family touch personally.

There are fancier masks out there, but we are staying with what we know. We sew every day, but not all day.  We enjoying seeing the piles grow and have a sense of accomplishment when we can ship them out.  But, the most joy is seeing a picture of someone actually wearing the mask.  Our little way to help.

As always, when you give a part of yourself to a worthy organization, you get back tenfold.  During these tumultuous times, you need to lend a hand any way you can.  There is distance between us, but there is no lack of unity in our fight to overcome this and become a stronger nation because of it.

If you are interested in learning more about donation opportunities, please email or call Rachel Gemuenden at 320.484.4438

Quarter 4, 2019

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Grateful Recipient – New Inpatient Unit

The average inpatient Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care census at Hutchinson Health today is 10 – 15 patients. The profile of those patients is very different than it was in the 1970s. There is an increase in the acutely ill, and those who require continuous monitoring and a much higher intensity of nursing and ancillary services such as lab and radiology.

 The current inpatient structure and rooms were built for 1970s-era patients, not for today’s. The size of the current rooms, 150 square feet, does not comfortably accommodate all the needs of today’s patients. The monitoring and equipment needed did not exist in the 1970s. Our patients and staff are squeezed tight, not to mention families and visitors.

 The new inpatient Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care wing has been carefully designed to meet today’s needs. The number of beds – 18 with the ability to expand to 22 – are in line with projections for the needs of our community and region. The size of the rooms – averaging 300 square feet – is designed to safely and comfortably meet the needs of patients, families and staff. This project will truly transform inpatient care.

It is the goal of Hutchinson Health, in collaboration with HealthPartners, to expand the local availability of state-of-the-art primary and specialty care as a regional center. Every philanthropic dollar raised for this project is a dollar Hutchinson Health can redirect to further that goal. Donations earmarked for this project will directly advance Hutchinson Health’s mission: To Improve Health and Well-Being in Partnership with our Members, Patients and Community.

Donate today to support the New Inpatient Unit.


A Message from Grateful Donors – Dr. David & Cara Mach

Dr. David & Cara Mach at the 2019 Moonlight Masquerade Gala

Dr. David and Cara Mach are proud to have made Hutchinson home with their young children. The community’s generosity and the support that is offered to many different organizations, including the Hutchinson Health Foundation, is what makes them most proud of working and living in Hutchinson. 

“A community that selflessly gives to others is something we are proud to be a part of, and we believe that organizations like the Foundation can and will act to serve a larger purpose in our community,” says Cara.

The Machs choose to direct their time and financial resources to the Foundation because, “Organizations like the Foundation offer avenues for people or groups in our community to have access to more opportunities. The Foundation’s vision for aiding our community’s needs is in line with the values we admire and strive for.” 

For the Machs, keeping health care local is vital because they feel a strong a vibrant health care system will continue to enhance Hutchinson, promote better health and increase the quality of life for those in Hutchinson and the surrounding area. 

Thank you, Machs, for your generosity!

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

Hutchinson Health Foundation Gala Benefits NEW! Inpatient Unit

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Rachael Gemuenden, Foundation Director
Phone: 320.484.4443
Email: rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com
Website: www.hutchinsonhealthfoundation.org

Hutchinson, MN – November 16, 2019

Inpatient Unit East View Rendering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hutchinson Health Foundation Gala is a biennial event. Fundraising, food, and fun encompass the goals of the evening. This year is pivotal for Hutchinson Health and the Foundation as we are raising funds for a NEW Inpatient Unit.

The current medical/surgical floor has been providing exceptional care in a limited location. Current inpatient rooms are roughly 144 sq. ft; the new inpatient unit will not only provide a larger footprint for patients but also a room that is able to adjust to the patient’s medical needs. To meet the growing needs of the Hutchinson community and surrounding areas, Hutchinson Health has committed to creating a NEW Inpatient Unit that will allow for the changing patient demands. The new facility will double the square footage of each room allowing for patient, staff, and family zones. These zones will allow for an improved patient and family experience.

Meeting the expectations of our patients and their families and efficiency of service and staff are the guiding principles behind Hutchinson Health’s NEW Inpatient Unit. With the new unit, the entire experience of an inpatient stay will be as pleasant and streamlined as possible. Being hospitalized isn’t typically a pleasurable experience, which is why each room is especially designed to create a comfortable and healing atmosphere with the latest technology.

Hutchinson Health Foundation seeks to raise $500,000 over the next two years to help fund the construction, technology and furnishing of the state-of-the-art Hutchinson Health Inpatient Unit. This fundraising goal is managed by the hospital’s Foundation Board comprised of local and regional leaders.

Event Details

Who: Hutchinson Health Foundation (HHF)

What: Hutchinson Health Foundation’s Gala- (Moonlight Masquerade)

Where: Crow River Winery

When: Saturday, November 16th

The HHF Gala begins with a VIP Party at 5:00 pm for VIP ticket holders. The event comprises of a silent auction beginning at 5:00 pm, a social hour beginning at 6:00 pm, dinner by Chef Craig at 7:00 pm, live auction beginning at 8:00 pm, and entertainment provided by the band Shirts and Skins beginning at 9:00 pm.

All are welcome!

If you are interested in attending and supporting this worthy cause, tickets can be purchased here: https://www.hutchinsonhealthfoundation.org/events/gala/

For more information contact : Rachael Gemuenden at 320-484-4443 or rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com.

Grateful Recipient – Common Cup Weekend Backpack Food Program

Common Cup Weekend Backpack Food Program, 2019 Grant RecipientWe are proud to announce that the Common Cup Weekend Backpack Food Program is a 2019 Foundation grant recipient. The State of Minnesota identified a food disparity in McLeod County due to the number of families who qualify for free lunch and those who receive supplemental nutrition based off wage/cost of living. In order to address this need, Common Cup Ministry, the fiduciary agency of the Weekend Backpack Food Program, began to provide weekend food to students who qualified (with parent permission).

Bev Bonte, Director of Common Cup Ministry expressed gratitude for the grant:

“This grant has allowed us to continue the Weekend Backpack Food Program. The number of families who qualify for free lunch in our county continues to rise. Students who are a part of the Weekend Backpack Food Program receive a small two-day supply discreetly in their backpack. By providing food to these children, they are better able to concentrate in school and participate in activities. Students feel less marginalized when basic needs are met, and this backpack food program helps destigmatize the children whose families are struggling financially. We have received many positive and thankful responses from parents and teachers of students in the program. Thank you, Hutchinson Health Foundation for supporting the Weekend Backpack Food Program!”

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 Donors – Dan & Kara Neubarth

Kara & Dan Neubarth

​For Dan and Kara Neubarth, it was an easy decision to return to Hutchinson. They were both born and raised here, and after some time away for college, coming back to the place they call home was an obvious choice to raise their family because of “great schools, activities and healthcare,” according to Kara.

Their love of Hutchinson includes their support of Hutchinson Health and the Hutchinson Health Foundation. Kara is a Hutchinson Health staff member and a Foundation board member.  She is passionate about advancing the mission of both and keeping healthcare accessible to all to improve the overall health and well-being of individuals in our community.

In 2019, the Neubarth’s generously supported worthy health initiatives, such as the local hospice program, Common Cup’s Back Pack Program (supplemental feeding program for local children), and Power of Produce (allows kids access to fresh produce at the Hutchinson Farmer’s Market). Kara noted that they are also pleased to support the new inpatient unit, “Which will be an amazing asset to Hutchinson Health as well as the community who will utilize this state of the art space.”

When asked why they give to the Foundation, Kara responded, “We choose to donate time and money to the Foundation because I believe they are successful in improving the health and well-being of our community, and I want to be a part of the great work they have done and will do in the future. Hutchinson is always progressing, making it a wonderful place to live, and local healthcare is an important component of that. Illness, accidents and emergencies are a part of our world. Having a facility to diagnose, treat, and manage different types of ailments right in our back yard is a blessing. Keeping exceptional health care local is pivotal in maintaining a healthy and thriving community!”

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

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

Quarter 3, 2019

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