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 Patrons of Promise program or other donation opportunities, please email or call Rachel Gemuenden at 320.484.4438

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McCormick’s Scholarship Fundraiser

Are you looking for a way to support the Hutchinson Health Foundation Scholarship Fund? McCormick’s Family Restaurant is generously donating 10% of customer’s bills during the month of October to support the Scholarship Fund! 

Whether you need a break from work, need dinner in a pinch after your kids’ athletic practices, or simply want a delicious meal, head to McCormick’s! Don’t forget that you can also call in an order for takeout.

Please don’t forget to present this voucher when paying your bill (hard copies are available at the Foundation office and at McCormick’s).

Help us spread the word by sending this flyer to your friends and family.

Thank you, McCormick’s Family Restaurant for supporting the Hutchinson Health Foundation Scholarship Fund!

 

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

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.