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.


Engaging the community in interactive and imaginative play

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

Board Member Gail Gillard, Wheel & Cog Founder Jessica Sabrowsky, and Foundation Director Cary Linder

Board Member Gail Gillard, Wheel & Cog Founder Jessica Sabrowsky, and Foundation Director Cary Linder

What has the Hutchinson Health Foundation been up to? Recently, we had the opportunity to grant $3,920 to the Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum of Hutchinson for their brand new “Backyard Explorers Exhibit”.

Jessica Sabrowsky, founder of the Wheel & Cog, shared how the Foundation grant supported a large portion of the new exhibit build, designed to provide an interactive indoor-outdoor experience for your little explorer, pilot or camper!

Sabrowsky explained:

“With the funding we have been able to bring an exhibit that serves as a platform for a lower sensory room with aspects that bring out nature. We tried to mimic parts of the Masonic River Front with the park, river, bridge or dock, and features that museum guests might encounter in their environment such as songbirds, rabbits, and outdoor hideaways. We feature large body play equipment such as a conveyor slide, and an airplane teeter totter that seats 7! It is delightful to know that the Hutchinson Health Foundation strongly supports the efforts of Wheel and Cog.” [Read more…]

Bringing fresh fruits and veggies to our children

A message from one of our grateful recipients – Power of Produce Club

Board Member Brandon Thiemann, wife Jillian and their son Theo with Foundation Director Cary Linder at the first Hutchinson Farmers Market for the 2017 season

Earlier this spring, the Foundation had the recent opportunity to present the Power of Produce (PoP) Club at the Hutchinson Farmers Market with $2,000 in funds to help the program reach additional children in our area. 

The PoP Club, first introduced into the Hutchinson area in 2016, has seen tremendous success in its early years. Designed to help educate and excite our youth about the importance of incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet, it is targeted at children ages 3-12. Each week, children receive $2 in the form of a wooden token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables and produce producing plants. The PoP Club engages children at the Farmers Market and empowers them to make healthful food choices. Farmers markets across the nation have implemented the program and documented the program’s positive impact on the fruit and vegetable consumption of children, as well as an increase in families attending the Farmers Market.

Karen M. Gensmer, registered nutritionist at Hutchinson Health and Chair of the Heart of Hutch Eat Smart Committee, shared how the additional funding from the Foundation for the PoP Club will have a positive impact on those within our community. [Read more…]

A New Inclusive Playground for All Bodies and Abilities to Play

A message from one of our grateful recipients – Elks Lodge Inclusive Playground Task Force

New Elks Park Inclusive Playground

New Elks Park Inclusive Playground

The Foundation had the recent opportunity to present the Elks Lodge Inclusive Playground Task Force with $5,000 in funds to put towards the installation of a new Inclusive Park Playground right here in Hutchinson.

This new playground will allow children of all abilities to participate, play, and enjoy the outdoors together. With an inclusive playground, the play components are inviting and usable by most any child, whether they are able bodied or physically challenged. While the nearest inclusive playground is 50 miles away, that is about to change. The city will soon have a 9,000 square foot playground at Elks Park, next to the existing space, with 25 important components designed for children of all abilities. [Read more…]

The ‘New Faces’ of Hutchinson Health

A message from one of our grateful Recipients

new adult intubation head

New adult intubation head for training

The Foundation recently had the opportunity to approve a grant request for training tools and equipment that assist in team training and procedures for staff in the following departments: Emergency Services, BirthCare, Medical-Surgical, and Intensive Care. [Read more…]

Bringing Autism Screening Home

A Message From One of Our Grateful Recipients – Mental Health Clinic Services

Recently the foundation accepted the grant application from the Mental Health Clinic Services and funded the purchase of a piece of equipment to aid in the diagnosis of autism. The ADOS, or Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, allows providers to accurately assess and diagnose autism spectrum disorders across age, developmental level, and language skills.

With the purchase of these materials, the Mental Health Clinic is working with a team including pediatricians, child psychiatry, child psychology, OT and speech to develop a specialized autism service line. [Read more…]

Scholarship Recipient Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, daughter of Toni Peterson, Occupational Therapist for Hutchinson Health, was one of two 2015 recipients of the Foundation’s Employee Child Scholarships. To provide a better understanding of how these scholarships, made possible by our grateful donors, impact our youth, we asked her to share her thoughts. [Read more…]