Helping Hutch Health and Health Care Thrive

A message from our grateful donors – The E-Stars

E-Star Employees participating in the Winter Olympics Relay. Hutchinson Health Staff is set to raise over $56,000 in 2018.

E-Star Employees participating in the Winter Olympics Relay. Hutchinson Health Staff is set to raise over $56,000 in 2018.

The Foundation is fortunate to have several donor groups who support our mission and efforts on a continual basis. The Hutchinson Health E-Stars is one such group, and their commitment to the Foundation has a large impact that is felt throughout the community. Through the E-Star (employee giving) program, employees are able to make one-time or recurring gifts, payroll deductions and PTO contributions.  In the past five years our E-Stars have donated over $200,000 to the Foundation! The funds foster our grant and scholarship programs, and 2017 and 2018 funds will be applied towards the new Cancer Center.

We recently sat down for a quick Q&A with 2 Hutchinson Health Employee E-Stars – Kara Neubarth, Clinics and RT Operation Services Manager, and Stefanie Frank, Medical Staff & Accreditation Specialist. We wanted to learn why they choose to participate in this program, and what impact they believe doing so has on our community.

Foundation:  Why is it important for to you to give your gifts of time and money to organizations such as the Foundation through the participation in our E-Star program?

Stefanie Frank, Hutchinson Health Medical Staff & Accreditation Specialist pictured with her family.

Stefanie Frank, Hutchinson Health Medical Staff & Accreditation Specialist pictured with her family.

SF: Hutchinson Health is an organization that everyone uses – my grandparents, parents, and children all utilize the facility and services they provide.  I like knowing my money is going to be used for something that will benefit me and my entire family! Furthermore, health care is expensive, especially if we want to have the best equipment and facilities. I want Hutchinson Health to be able to obtain the best, so I gladly help out by donating to the Foundation.

KN: I am a strong advocate and believer in philanthropy! Being able to help others by the gifts of time and money brings a sense of satisfaction.  As a lifelong member of this community and as a dedicated employee of Hutchinson Health, I want to see health care thrive.

Foundation: What makes you most proud about our community here at Hutchinson Health? 

SF: As employees, we truly want the best for our patients.  Every day I am impressed how staff go above and beyond to make sure our patients have a great experience.  We care about the patients and want to make sure they receive the best care possible.

KN:  I was born and raised in Hutchinson, and I am proud of our strong sense of community. Hutchinson Health emulates that strong sense of community within our business.

Foundation: Why is keeping health care local important to you? 

SF: When someone is sick or needs health care, you don’t want the added stress of needing to drive to another facility for care.  In addition, I know the staff and culture at Hutchinson Health. It puts me at ease knowing my loved one will be cared for by someone in our community, rather than someone I do not know at a another facility.

Kara Neubarth, Hutchinson Health Clinics and RT Operation Services Manager, pictured with the rest of the Cancer Center Staff at the November 2017 Gala

Kara Neubarth, Hutchinson Health Clinics and RT Operation Services Manager, pictured with the rest of the Cancer Center Staff at the November 2017 Gala

KN: Keeping specialized care local is important and we strive to provide excellent care right here in our backyard. A strong health care system leads to a strong and successful community.

Foundation: One last question, what is your favorite part of being an E-Star and/or an E-Star Committee Member?

SF: I like knowing that I am a part of something that is helping the entire community.  The Foundation is always so grateful withy any donation they receive, and they make you feel like you are truly making a difference with your donation.

KN: My favorite part of the committee is the opportunity to be involved in projects that make a difference here at Hutchinson Health and within the community. We are able to bring patients additional resources that they may not always have access to! The E-Stars are able to support grants and scholarships that allow us to do so.

If you are interested in learning more about our E-Star program, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4438. Our E-Star program is not limited to Hutchinson Health employees, and other businesses and community organizations can also enroll in our payroll deduction program!

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