Quarter 1, 2020

In this Edition:

Message From the Director

Spring is here! The birds are chirping, grass is growing, and the days are longer; yet this year looks drastically different than that of previous years. We first began hearing the unwelcome term “COVID” this past February. Since then life for many has been anything but normal.

The morning news is full of models, statistics, financial failings and the list goes on. We are most certainly in uncharted waters, times which can leave us all feeling a bit unsure and even fearful at times. The road ahead may not be easy, but instead of focusing on the what if’s and unknowns life has to offer I am choosing to follow some wise advice;

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” – Steve Maraboli

While many things about the Foundation look different at the current moment including staffing, work from home status, events canceled, etc., much remains the same. I along with the Hutchinson Health Foundation Board of Directors are still focused on advancing health within our community and supporting Hutchinson Health in any way we can. Our mission and vision remain unchanged.

The Board’s fiduciary responsibility coupled with our generous family of donors allows the Foundation to weather this turbulent financial climate while still supporting our community through programs like our grants and scholarships.

Finally, the generosity of our amazing community has not changed. We have collected over 7,000 pieces of personal protective equipment and homemade masks. These have been pivotal for our staff as well as those patients who still need to frequent our healthcare system. We have had many companies and individual community members alike ask how they can support health care staff and patients.

The Foundation has set up a COVID Disaster Relief fund for those wishing to support our efforts with a financial gift. These funds will be used for things like increased PPE needs for patients and staff, increased availability of telemedicine to the community, and special needs items for patients and those most vulnerable in our community. I understand that many may be going through economic challenges of their own so please know gifts of prayer and positive thoughts go a long way!

I try to leave each day with something I am thankful for- today I am thankful for each and everyone one of you. Our community is truly a gem. I hope everyone is staying safe and well. We will get through this and I am convinced we will be stronger on the other side.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have about the current state of the Foundation.

Rachael Gemuenden, Foundation Director


Rachael Gemuenden
Director | Hutchinson Health Foundation



New COVID-19 Response and Relief Fund

When you donate to the Hutchinson Health Foundation COVID-19 Response and Relief Fund, you’re providing much needed safety equipment for care teams on the frontlines. You’re also helping our foundation support the crucial needs of our patients and community. Together, we’ll get to the other side and ensure a safe tomorrow.

Read more and donate here.

Grateful Donors – The Nichols Family

From Sheila Nichols, sister of Dr. Stacy Nichols

Donna Nichols

On March 13 we took our parents out of their senior apartment and moved them into our house in Plymouth. Due to Mom and Dad’s (Donna and Steve Nichols) underlying health issues at 87 and 88 years old, we knew that COVID 19 would not be kind to them. We quarantined ourselves starting that day and have had everything delivered to us since then.

When we heard about organizations asking for homemade masks we knew this was something we could do. We immediately rallied behind the initiative and cleaned out our own stashes of cotton fabric and elastic. We quickly ordered another sewing machine and more materials on the internet. We began our own war effort in our dining room in Plymouth. Dad carefully cuts the elastic to the correct length. Mom sews the masks from the fabric I have cut – alternating from the sewing machine to resting her legs while she turns them inside out. The count is up to 500 and still going strong. New fabric arrives weekly – giving us something to look forward to. We love the pictures of friends and healthcare workers wearing the masks. It gives us joy to see that we are making a tiny difference.

Read the full note from Sheila. 

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

 Grateful Recipient – Jim Lyons on Behalf of Hutchinson Health

On behalf of the employees of Hutchinson Health, I want to express our heartfelt gratitude for the donations in support of our fight against COVID-19 infections. The PPE donations, hand sewn masks, meals, treats, cards and letters of support have been incredible. The Hutchinson Health staff are committed to being here and serving our community when you need us most. The support from the community with these supplies and show of support provide a boost for everyone as this work continues on.

With deepest appreciation and gratitude, we say “Thank you” for all the support.

Read more here.

Save the Date for the Annual Scramble for Life

The annual Scramble For Life Golf Tournament continues to grow each year and remains one the Foundation’s largest annual Fundraisers. This is a day of fun, sun, and fundraising, with funds raised at the Scramble for Life supporting the Foundation’s growing scholarship and granting funds. Look for online registration to open in late May.

Scholarship Applications Due May 8, 2020

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. There are currently seven different scholarship opportunities available. Please contact Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438 or via email with any questions.

Find more details and the applications here


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