Quarter 4, 2020

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A Message from Grateful Donors – Shad & Melissa Ketcher

Shad and Melissa Ketcher believe the importance of giving back locally is a part of their duty as caring citizens. In their opinion, giving back to the community is vital to keeping as much as possible local, including health care. “Health care,” said Shad, “is an important part to keeping a community strong. It helps draw people to the area and encourages them to continue to support their community.” 

The Ketchers are proud how community members in Hutchinson come together to create a better place to live and work for everyone, whether it is helping out by giving financially, donating time, or both. The Ketchers are no strangers to philanthropy. Long time donors and Foundation supporters, Shad also served on the Board of Directors for three terms. It was during one of his tenures on the board that Shad lent his expertise to the Foundation by suggesting an endowment fund be set up. When asked to share why he thought that was important, he replied, “I felt an endowment fund was the right fit for the Foundation because health care isn’t going away, and a well-run endowment fund would help sustain and grow the pool of money over time. With an endowment fund, the Foundation is able to count on those monies to be there to help support their initiatives. It helps control the budget and makes it easier to budget well for the future. In addition, an endowment gives donors the ability to control their donations a little bit more by allowing them to align their financial gifts with their values.”

Endowment building and management is essential for the success of nonprofits and foundations. The General Endowment Fund ensures that the Foundation’s programs and initiatives already in place will thrive over a long period of time, especially during times of economic downturn. Because of this fund, the Foundation was able to designate significant financial resources for necessary improvements at Hutchinson Health this year. Shad’s foresight and leadership in setting up the endowment fund is greatly appreciated. 

Thank you, Shad and Melissa, for supporting not only the Foundation, but the greater community of Hutchinson! 

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

Grateful Recipient – Hutchinson Health Staff

In December, the Hutchinson Health staff received heartfelt, generous gifts from community members in support and gratitude of their exceptional work during the COVID pandemic. A sincere thank you to the following two initiatives and all involved who brought our staff members so much joy:

Pottery for Each Staff Member

The Hutchinson Empty Bowls Reimagined project, led by Morgan Baum of Clay Coyote, distributed more than 600 pieces of pottery to all Hutchinson Health staff members. The pottery was made by potters who have attended the Minnesota Pottery Festival in the past, and were purchased from them with the help of generous donors in order to help support them during these challenges times. The Foundation assisted in handing out more than 300 bowls on the first day; in total, Morgan and 12 volunteers packed more than 600 bowls with a note of gratitude and support. In addition, to support the annual Empty Bowls event that cannot be held this year, funds are being raised on online through January 23, 2021 with proceeds going to the McLeod County Emergency Food Shelf and Common Cup to help fight hunger in McLeod County.

“What a great surprise to receive the pottery from the Foundation.  Just wanted to say thank you and how much it was appreciated!” – Hutchinson Health Staff Member

Free Pizza for Every Staff Member

Shad Ketcher of New Era Financial and Brad and Jeri Lueneburg provided a gift certificate for a free, large Jimmy’s Pizza to all 575 Hutchinson Health staff to show their appreciation, while also supporting a local business.

“Wow! Thank you for the generous gift certificate to Jimmy’s Pizza – my favorite! It has been a trying & difficult year for sure, but the support of Hutch Health & our community has been wonderful. Thanks for making my holiday season a little brighter!” – Hutchinson Health Staff Member

2021 Scholarship Applications Now Open

Apply for a Scholarship from the Foundation!

The Hutchinson Health Foundation Scholarship Program offers $13,000 in annual funding to create bright futures for students pursuing a degree in health care fields.

The 2021 scholarship applications are open! Applications can be found here.

Please note that due to COVID, we are requesting that you download the application on your computer and then submit the application via mail or fax at (320) 484-4642.

Contact Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438 or via email with any questions.

Apply for a 2021 Grant from HHF!

Now Accepting 2021 Grant Applications

Each year, the Hutchinson Health Foundation grants funds to support health education programs, new health initiatives, and programs that support health services, all in Hutchinson and the surrounding area.

Last year, we were proud to grant more than $29,000 to support health and wellness in our community. Read about the 2020 grant recipients here.

The 2021 grant applications (internal and public) are open! Submissions are due Friday, February 26 at 3:00 PM. Applications can be found here.

Please note that due to COVID, we are requesting that you download the application on your computer and then submit the application via mail or fax at (320) 484-4642.

Contact Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438 or via email with any questions.

Quarter 3, 2020

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Grateful Recipient – St. Anastasia Catholic School

“We were so excited to learn that we were a recipient of a donation from Hutchinson Health Foundation! Who knew early in the year that thermometers would become such a vital item for the classroom? Returning to school during COVID-19 has made it essential to equip our teachers with thermometers to aid in the early detection of COVID-19 symptoms. Of course, this was not on the radar when we wrote the grant. The idea was to save time and eliminate distractions in the classroom by allowing the teacher to quickly and quietly take a student’s temperature without the student leaving the room, and then make the determination of a visit to the nurse’s office.

This has helped our kids be in school and stay in school. We are fortunate to live in a community that has local accessible healthcare. Thank you!” – Betty Jodzio, Principal

Learn more about our 2020 Grant Recipients here.

A Message from Grateful Donors – Keith & Tess Heikes

Keith and Tess Heikes were taught the importance of giving back from an early age. Each of them grew up with generous parents who instilled in them the value of giving what you have, whether that is time, money, talent, or compassion. The Heikes family believes that giving is contagious, and every gift, big and small, makes an impact.

Keith and Tess love that Hutchinson feels like extended family and that the community works hard to support its members and businesses. The tight-knit, small-town feel is important, and Keith jokes that, “Hutchinson is big enough to make the weather report, but small enough to avoid the traffic report.” 

When asked why they choose to donate to the Foundation, Tess responded, “I feel that the Foundation is there to support and improve the lives of those in our community and as an employee of Hutchinson Health it is a privilege to be a part of that. I can live my personal values through my work and through giving to the foundation. Keeping healthcare local is important to us because it is crucial for people in rural communities to have access to quality care, not just for acute needs but also for education and prevention. This is the key to having a healthier community.”

Thank you, Keith and Tess, for your generosity!

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

Announcing Our 2020 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. This year, we are able to award $30,000 in grants thanks to the generosity of our donors.

We are excited and proud to announce the 2020 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 Pediatric Rehab

iPad and Applications for Pediatric Therapy
Grant Amount $2,689.34

“Our Pediatric Rehab team touches the lives of approximately 50-75 children with various disabilities each week. Many of these children demonstrate communication and attention difficulties resulting in significant challenges to completing basic everyday tasks. The use of technology allows these children to interact with a medium between the adult giving directions as a gradual move to interacting directly with another adult or child. Current research indicates use of the iPad and apps as highly effective and beneficial in treatment sessions.” – Stacy Messner, OTR, Rehab Manager

St. Anastasia School

Non-contact Digital Thermometers
Grant Amount $500

“We have 126 students that potentially pass through the nurse’s office. We have a shared nurse with ISD 423 that only visits once per month, which means our office person often takes care of health duties. If each of our classrooms had a thermometer at their disposal, we could quickly determine if a child needs to be sent to the office for care, which would also eliminate the amount of class time missed by the students.” – Betty Jodzio, Principal

Hutchinson Health Post Anesthesia Care Unit & Endoscopy

Speakers for Music Therapy
Grant Amount $304.70

“The speakers in PACU and Endo are both in disrepair. Evidence supports music therapy as complementary therapy which relieves stress, improves patient satisfaction, and provides analgesia, potentially decreasing the use of medications such as narcotics for pain and sedation. Patients are included in decision-making and are given some control over their environment when they have the option to choose the music during their time in PACU/Endo, which supports healing and an excellent health care experience.” – Lori Chvojicek, RN/BSN

Hutchinson Farmers Market

Power of Produce Program
Grant Amount $4,119

“The Hutchinson Farmers Market Power of Produce (POP) program provides an avenue for children to participate in the food system, celebrate local food, and provides access to healthy food choices. POP allows families to benefit from fresh produce; we also have the potential to dampen the effects of food insecurity in this community by adding $4 a week to the grocery budget for every child in every household.” – Aimee Haag, Board Vice President

Hutchinson Health, Health Care Home

Trailblazer Transit tokens
Grant Amount $200

“Transportation barriers lead to missed appointments and rescheduled appointments, delayed care, and missed or delayed medication use. Transportation barriers also play a role in accessing healthcare, particularly for those who are uninsured or under-insured. By providing tokens for the Trailblazer Transit, we hope that patients will be able to better manage their healthcare, stay healthy and out of the hospital.” Joy May, RN

Wheel & Cog

Farmers Market Exhibit Update & Addition
Grant Amount $3,250

“The goal of updating and expanding the farmers market exhibit is to address national concerns of health and wellness by playfully educating children and families about healthy behaviors and food options. The grocery store addition will provide an opportunity for our youngest residents to experience real-life scenarios of responsible shopping, food sources and food selection.” – Jessica Sabrowsky, Board Chair

​Hutchinson Health Emergency Services

Emergency Radio APX Consolette
Grant Amount $9,746.10

“The Consolette Radio is our only means of communicating with EMS when they are bringing patients with emergent needs to Hutchinson Health. Our current XTL Radio is no longer supported by Motorola. It has not quit working, but if it does break, it likely cannot be repaired. To ensure uninterrupted communication between Hutchinson Health and all EMS providers, the XTL Consolette needs to be replaced with a new APX Consolette.” – Dana Englemann, RN

Adult Training & Habilitation Center

Looking Video Magnifier, CPR Manikin, AED Machine
Grant Amount $1,794

“ATHC supports individuals with visual and hearing impairments. The magnifier will be an effective tool and lengthen the time individuals are able to communicate. ATHC currently has certified CPR/First Aid instructors on staff who provide training to all employees. Upgraded training manikins will allow for more accurate training. The ATHC Crossroads site does not have an AED machine; an AED machine can save lives and we would like to ensure that everyone at that site has extra reassurance of having that device on site.” – Tonia Bymers, Senior Director of Programming

Hutchinson Health OB/ED/CCU/MS

CPR Simulator and Training Kit
Grant Amount $1,089.42

“The purchase of the CPR simulator and CPR training kit will be used in conjunction with the intubation head previously purchased with Foundation grant funds for training for advanced cardiovascular life support. Having this equipment will allow us to train all acute health care workers to respond to a cardiac event and utilize the equipment properly and safely.” – Teresa Smith, RN

Hutchinson Early Childhood Family Education

Rain Gear for Outdoor Classes
Grant Amount $1,100

“The goal of this project is to support and encourage families with young children to embrace and explore the outdoors in all kinds of weather. By supplying families with rain gear for class, we aim to share the importance of play, especially outdoor play. From these experiences, we hope that families will continue to enjoy and integrate outdoor play and exploration with their children at home and in the community.” – Marijean Storlie, ECFE Director

Hutchinson Health Laboratory

Phlebotomy/Bone Marrow Carts
Grant Amount $3,207

“The current carts have not held up due to high volume of use, which causes them to be loud and disruptive as they are pushed down non-carpeted hallways. New phlebotomy carts that are quiet and provide a flat surface for bedside barcoding equipment will allow us to honor our organization’s desire to create a healing and calming environment in the new inpatient unit. A third cart is being requested to house bone marrow and therapeutic phlebotomy supplies for the discrete transportation of specimens and supplies between oncology and the laboratory.” – Laura Templin-Howk, Laboratory Manager

McLeod Education and Drug Awareness

Needle Collection
Grant Amount $2,000

“MEADA’s Needle Take Back Day creates a safe way to dispose of needles/sharps that would otherwise end up in landfills and pollute our communities. Last year, more than 400 pounds of sharps were collected and safely disposed of. By hosting these take back days, it is our goal to get sharps/needs (used or unused) out of homes; we are also educating our community on proper disposal of sharps and keeping them out of the hands of people who they were not intended for.” – Susan Suemnick, MEADA Chair


Quarter 2, 2020

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