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

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.

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 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…]

Reaching “new heights” through play and exploration

A message from one of our grateful recipients – Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum of Hutchinson

New Rock Climbing Wall

The new rock climbing wall

If you have young children and are local to the area, odds are you have found yourself at the Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum of Hutchinson a time or two (or twenty!).  A popular destination for our area children year-round, and especially during our cold winter months, it is a place where they can explore, learn, and be physically active. Hutchinson Health Foundation recently awarded Wheel & Cog their second grant to support the purchase a 0-3 year-old Community Playthings modular play set and a 8 ft x 20 ft climbing wall. (Read more about their first grant awarded in 2017 here.) 

Jessica Sabrowsky, founder of the Wheel & Cog, shared how the Foundation grant supported the addition of these two big body play pieces to the current exhibit spaces and enhanced the options for children of all ages between 0-12 years whom the museum targets.

Sabrowsky explained:

The modular playset, targeted at children 3 years and younger has been a fan favorite! This modular playset offers gross motor play opportunities for the young ones and includes small steps, a tunnel and slide. There are also railings to help young ones develop gross motor skills and a mirror. On average, we have had about 10 infants visit most days, sometimes more.

The climbing wall has also added elevation for guests, allowing them to reach “new heights”. The climbing wall has also been a fan favorite, offering all museum guests the opportunity to experience the physical challenge of rock climbing. In addition, the wall provides the opportunity for therapy, social-emotional and cognitive development. The Everlast Climbing wall relates to meeting national standards and grade-level outcomes for K-12 Physical Education.

Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum, like most non-profit organizations, relies heavily on community support through donations, grants, and volunteers. The museum board of directors voted to leverage the donation from Hutchinson Health Foundation with Legacy Funding to complete the purchase for the modular playset and climbing wall. A group of 3M maintenance volunteers, led by Joe Nelson, donated time to install the climbing wall at the museum. We are thankful to have so many organizations within our community who generously support non-profit organizations with volunteer programs and funding opportunities. We cannot say thank you enough for all the support.”

When asked why it is important to keep health care local in our community? Jessica shared:

Delivering quality healthcare services in a rural community does more than provide the needed healthcare. It also has a positive impact on the economic health of the community through supporting higher paying jobs. In rural communities, healthcare and overall vitality of the community are intrinsically linked. A robust community supports and sustains quality health services for its residents by attracting and retaining highly trained and committed healthcare professionals. The doctors, nurses and healthcare network offer a vital safety net for their communities. Communities with strong economies may also be more likely to financially support the healthcare system through higher rates of health insurance coverage, philanthropic giving, and by investing in infrastructure that can be leveraged by the healthcare system. In return, a high-quality healthcare system can support economic and community development initiatives.

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.

2018 Grant Recipients

Each year the Foundation funds organizational proposals that will support the advancement of health within our community. Through this process, grants are awarded to fund new health initiatives, programs that improve health services, and health education programs. We are able to do this in thanks to the generous support of our donors.

We would like to take a quick moment to introduce you to the 2018 Grant Recipients and encourage you to see how this year’s grants will be positively impacting our community!


Wheel and Cog

Nursery Gym and Climbing Wall
Grant Amount – $5,999

Board member Megan Karg with Wheel & Cog staff

“Our existing Farmers’ Market exhibit provides an opportunity for healthy foods to be experienced through play, and we would like to develop a complimentary exhibit focused on promoting physical activity through big body play with a focus on the addition of two pieces:

  1. A small nursery gym for the 0-24 month old age group
  2. A horizontal rock climbing wall for kids of all ages to enjoy

With the addition of these two new engaging and interactive exhibits, children and their caregivers can experience concepts of healthy behaviors through play, that we project will grow into life-long skills and interests. The idea is that this will aid in reducing health risk factors that contribute to chronic disease, one specifically for the 0-24 month age group, which is something we have not had to offer in the museum yet.

The nursery gym and horizontal climbing wall will be excellent additions to the current exhibit spaces, providing varying levels of complexity and attract a wide variety of ages to play.“

~ Jessica Sabrowsky, Director of Wheel & Cog


Elks Park in Hutchinson

Inclusive Park Project
Grant Amount – $5,000

One of the new pieces of equipment that will be installed in the Elks Inclusive Park

“The inclusive play space project in Elks Park in Hutchinson is designed for children and adults of all abilities to be able to have the opportunity to play and grow together. The components within the structure are designed and built to those with mobility and sensory impairments; allowing them to explore freely and to engage in the space with no limitations. Our goal is to create a space that allows us to meet all children’s needs in the same place and in a multitude of ways. We want to provide a space that encourages social interaction, imaginative play, sensory stimulating activities, and allows children of all ages to not only play side by side, but go out on the playground and compete in friendly environment.”

~ Tammy Lehn, Elks Member


Adult Training and Habilitation Center

Medical Equipment
Grant Amount – $3058

“The purpose of the Adult Training and Habilitation Center is to advance, promote and administer benevolent aims relative to the training and habilitation of adult persons with developmental disabilities or related conditions, and to do so for the purpose of supervising and assisting said adult persons in their training for supported employment and work-related activities in an effort to help them become productive, self-reliant and more independent by their interaction with non-disabled persons within the community and in the work-place, and by enhancing their self-confidence by teaching new skills at a pace in keeping with their level of ability.

ATHC is utilizing the funds to purchase wheelchairs and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for their locations. Wheelchairs are utilized daily by many of their individuals and are necessary to allow these individuals to continue coming to their job. The AEDs will be placed at each of their locations giving piece of mind to staff in the event of a cardiac situation as well as providing vital care in the event of such a situation.

~ Tonia Bymers


Power of Produce

Grant Amount – $3,000

“Power of Produce is a program that helps introduce kids, 3-12, to healthy living through local produce products. With this program we are able to give kids produce tokens that can be used to buy fruits, veggies, etc. at our local farmers market. It is necessary to teach kids at an early age the importance of eating fresh produce to have a healthy life. This program gives kids the opportunity to pick out produce they may love or that they want to try.”

~ Megan Donahue


New wheelchairs for Hutchinson Public Schools

Hutchinson Public Schools

Wheel Chairs
Grant Amount – $2359

“Our school buildings are large, and growing in size with the newest renovations. By providing five additional wheelchairs, we would be able to replace some of our older wheelchairs that are falling apart, as well as house wheelchairs for easy use on different floors/ends of buildings. In adjusting our evacuation plans for students with needs, the need is apparent for easy relocation during emergencies.“

~ Antonia Barrick, RN, BSN, PHN, LSN

 


Hutchinson Health

10th Annual Nurses Conference
Grant Amount – $2,000

“In order to keep their licenses current, nurses are required to attend education events that provide contact hours. This conference allows nurses to obtain a large amount of contact hours in one day at an affordable price. Over 350 nurses attend yearly from various specialties including long term care, clinics, hospitals, public health and home care.

Many organizations have decreased their education reimbursement budget so nurses are having to pay for their own continuing education. At Hutchinson Health, we strive to provide education that is not only pertinent and timely in an ever changing health care environment, but also provides nurses with information on resources and wellness strategies aimed at preventing health issues or keeping people well after a diagnosis.”

~ Tracy Marquardt, Education Services Representative at Hutchinson Health


New Century Academy

Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
Grant Amount – $1699

“New Century Academy is a public school that provides the student’s with an alternative way of project based learning. We have approximately 130 students, grades 7th through 12th grade, who attend our school, with staff to help teach and guide them. With these funds, we will be purchasing an AED to be placed in our facility. This machine is used in emergencies when someone is in cardiac arrest from an arrhythmia of the heart.”

~ Casey Noshbush


Hutchinson Health

Training Equipment for Advance Cardiac Life Support Program
Grant Amount – $725

“In the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Program, one important need is being able to identify heart rhythms along with patient symptoms so we are able to treat the patient correctly and in the most efficient way possible. The use of iPads and a Dart Sim App will improve our training immensely by allowing the students to be able to see true heart rhythms along with vital signs. They can also see real time changes as they intervene and run through patient simulations. This in turn gives them the education they need to provide the best possible care to our patients in critical need.

Through the use of this equipment, the overall quality of education provided to our local healthcare staff will be improved, which in turn will provide for improved care for our patients and community members”

~ Joe Jorgensen, ACLS Educator


Eagle Troup Project

Traumatic Bleeding Treatment Training
Grant Amount – $560

“Stop the Bleed Kits will be provided to several businesses throughout Hutchinson including, Hutchinson Public Schools District #423, 3M, MITGI, TDK, and Hutchinson Manufacturing.

This project will help provide necessary education and materials to save lives. The expected results of this program are to better prepare the schools and manufacturing businesses in our community for a traumatic bleeding injury. This will be done by providing education on how to stop the bleed and providing the resources to be used in an emergency situation.”

~ Conor Sturges, Troop Member


Hutchinson Health McLeod County Senior Expo

Program Sponsor
Grant Amount – $500

The McLeod County Senior Expo attracts and engages an active senior population of McLeod County. Approximately 200 seniors attend each year and are searching for health education. The expo is a unique event that specifically targets the health and well-being of people age 55 and older. This event provides health education and programming that tailors to senior’s specific health needs and provides resources that will help them to connect and live their lives to their fullest potential. Funds received will help pay for speakers and other various educational opportunities to help keep costs to seniors reasonable.”

~ Amy Martin, Wellness Program Coordinator


Hutchinson Health

Transportation tokens for Hutchinson Health Patients
Grant Amount – $100

“Transportation barriers lead to rescheduled or missed appointments, delayed care, and missed or delayed medication use. Transportation barriers are an important barrier to healthcare access, particularly for those with lower incomes or the under/uninsured.

As a part of this grant we are purchasing transportation tokens that will help patients ensure their transportation needs to Hutchinson Health are met.

Trailblazer Transit, a local general public transportation service, is the transportation system that the tokens are being used on. They operate up to 29 elevator-equipped buses driven by paid, professional drivers and primarily serve Sibley, McLeod, and Wright Counties in addition to some select geographical corridors into neighboring counties. A Dial-A-Ride bus service also operates under the Trailblazer Transit name.”

~ Joy May, Team Based Care Lead for Health Care Home


If you or an organization you know could benefit from one of our community grants, you can download an application here. The due date for 2019 selection is February 22, 2019

Making transport possible

A message from one of our Grateful Recipients – Hutchinson Public Schools

3 of the 5 new wheel chairs that will serve as evacuation aids in the High School and Park Elementary

3 of the 5 new wheel chairs that will serve as evacuation aids in the High School and Park Elementary

One of the most recent grateful recipients was the Hutchinson Public Schools, District 423 with a $2,359.00 grant. Antonia Barrick, Health Services Coordinator for the District, shared how the Foundation grant supported the purchase of 5 new wheel chairs that will serve as evacuation aids in the High School and Park Elementary.

Barrick explained: [Read more…]

One Gigantic Step Closer to Our Goal!

The Hutchinson Health Foundation Board pictured with Dr. Mulder

The Hutchinson Health Foundation Board pictured with Dr. Mulder

The Hutchinson Health Foundation Board cut the first check in the amount of $324,021.72 to Hutchinson Health to help pay for construction costs associated with the new Cancer Center. Proceeds for this first payout came from private donors, E-Stars, and the 2017 Gala. We are well on our way towards the $500,000 goal.

If you would like to learn more about the project and how you can support the new Cancer Center, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4438, or Cary Linder at clinder@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4442.

Keeping Cancer Care Close to Home

A message from one of our grateful recipients – The Cancer Care Team at Hutchinson Health

Part of the Hutchinson Health Cancer Team supporting the fundraising efforts of the new Cancer Center at the Havana Nights Gala in November

Part of the Hutchinson Health Cancer Team supporting the fundraising efforts of the new Cancer Center at the Havana Nights Gala in November

By now you have probably caught onto this quarter’s theme and focus – the much needed new Cancer Center coming to Hutchinson Health, and the Foundation’s commitment to support this expansion that will have a direct and positive impact on so many in our community. While we can ‘anticipate’ what this renovation will mean to those who have the opportunity to work daily in the new Center, we wanted you to hear from them first hand. Below you will find some thoughts directly from the Cancer Care Team – those who work diligently day in and day out to make those walking through their cancer journey as comfortable as possible. 

“Surprised yet humbled that the Foundation and community would be helping with the expansion of our Cancer Clinic” is how Jodi Kiefer, a Patient Access Scheduler at Hutchinson Health, explained it when she learned her team would be receiving a donation from the Foundation. “Fortunate to have a Foundation tied to our Hospital that is so committed to helping raise money for the different needs of our organization” is how Shari Heinen, a Chemotherapy Nurse at Hutchinson Health, feels. Shari is also “thankful for the Foundation’s E-Star program so that Hutchinson Health employees can easily pledge our financial support by donating a portion of each paycheck.”

When discussing why an expansion to the Cancer Center is so needed for our community, Jodi shared “the new Cancer Center will help our community by keeping quality cancer care close to home for many patients. A lot of times our patients don’t want to be traveling for hours just to get to and from their treatments.  If they have to come in once a week or more, that can really wear on our patients and their families”

Sue Alrick, a Chemotherapy Nurse at Hutchinson Health, echoed her co-workers statements. “I felt grateful and appreciative when hearing we were the recipients for our new Cancer Center. The Center will have additional treatment rooms, larger exam rooms and a waiting area. It will also include a procedure room for lab draws and other procedures. A calming space will also be available for both patients and families while waiting. Patients really appreciate the ability to have their treatments and care close to home. Myself, along with my co-workers are privileged to travel their cancer journey with our patients and their families, and welcome every opportunity to make that journey as comfortable as possible.”

If you would like to learn more about the project and how you can support the new Cancer Center, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4438, or Cary Linder at clinder@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4442.