Quarter 1, 2021

In this Edition:

Message From the Director

April Showers bring May Flowers! While I may not love the rainy season, I know that the gloomy and rainy days create beautiful spring days complete with lush greenery and new life. We have been through our fair share of “rainy days” this past year, both hypothetical and actual; but I am hopeful that we will experience the beauty and new life that will come from the gloomy days.

In a few weeks we will have our first fundraising event in almost a year and a half! We have had time to step back, regroup, and get creative. We are beyond excited to connect with our family of donors. While this year’s Share ‘N Care event is virtual, we are thrilled about the response we have received. Guests will receive an event bag containing a delicious meal, dessert, beverage, and thank you gift. We will be sending out an e-mail with the virtual experience, which includes a video highlighting the importance of two hospice programs. If you have not yet had a chance to purchase a ticket, we encourage you to check out our website to look at the event options. Proceeds from this year’s event will support our local hospice music therapy and massage therapy programs. Two very worthy causes!

Here is to a “blooming” second quarter!

Rachael Gemuenden, Foundation Director


Rachael Gemuenden
Director | Hutchinson Health Foundation



 Celebrate & Support Hospice in Our Community

Join us for a new twist on our longest running event! This year’s event will look different, with a virtual program complete with a grab-and-go dinner package from the Crow River Winery. The virtual program will highlight Anna Covington, music therapist, and Lara Fletcher, massage therapist. These talented women provide these beneficial services to our local hospice patients. Both programs are funded in part by the Share ‘N Care Event.

The last day to purchase event tickets is Monday, April 12!

Contact Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438 or via email with any questions.

Farewell & Thank You to Laura Burgstahler

It is with great sadness that we announce the resignation of our staff member Laura Burgstahler. Laura has been a valued member of our Foundation team since 2018. While we will miss her greatly, we are so happy for her as she transitions to being a full-time stay-at-home mom! Her last regularly scheduled day will be April 29th. She has very graciously agreed to stay on as a pool employee to help onboard a new team member during my maternity leave. Feel free to send her well wishes! We will surely miss seeing her on a regular basis, but know this is not a goodbye, but a see you later. We are currently in the process of filling her position.

Shop for a Cause!

Save the date for our upcoming jewelry sale! Head to the Crow River Winery on Wednesday, May 5 anytime between 11 am and 6 pm to shop ‘til you drop! Guests are able to make a reservation with the Winery to enjoy food and beverage before or after shopping our jewelry sale. This event is a FUN way to support the Foundation’s scholarship fund – we hope to see you there!

Please note that all COVID protocols will be followed, including required face coverings and social distancing.

 Grateful Recipient – Hospice

The Share ‘N Care Dinner, one of our longest standing events, benefits the Hutchinson Health Hospice program and the services that are provided, including massage therapy and music therapy. Massage therapist Lara Fletcher and music therapist Anna Covington share their insights, experiences and gratitude:

Pain is an emotional experience as well as a physical experience. Using instrumental music as well as lyrical music to address pain can be very effective. Music has a way of breaking through walls that are built up from disease or other physical changes to the brain; when we break through those walls we often are able to see our loved ones again in a way we haven’t because of that physical illness. This is why music therapy is so beneficial for caregivers as well…We work to create a comforting, healing environment for them to connect.

I absolutely love my position in Hospice and am privileged to be able to provide the whole person end of life care that our patients truly need and deserve. – Anna Covington, Music Therapist

When a person’s medical care shifts from cure to comfort, massage therapy and bodywork continue to be important components of whole person care. Massage therapy can provide comfort and relaxation to muscles and alleviate symptoms of pain. Patients who relax with massage therapy have decreased feelings or symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression. Massage therapy provides touch during a time of life when illness and decline contribute to feelings of isolation. 

Working as a hospice massage therapist is the highlight of my massage therapy career. I am grateful for the opportunity to provide this therapy to patients in the Hutchinson area! – Lara Fletcher, Massage Therapist

Read more about Hospice services here.

Grateful Donors – Dr. Leah Schrupp & Jason Werowinski

As a physician at Hutchinson Health, Dr. Leah Schrupp feels strongly about the health of our community and being able to offer excellent health care locally. That’s why she and her husband, Jason Werowinski, have chosen to give financially as Patrons of Promise members. Dr. Schrupp noted, “Supporting the Foundation allows us to help support health outreach beyond what we do at the clinic and hospital, as well as support projects within those walls.

Read more about why Dr. Schrupp and Jason support the Foundation.

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

Mandy Baldry Joins the Board of Directors

Help us welcome Mandy Baldry to the Hutchinson Health Foundation Board of Directors! Mandy holds the position of vice president at Citizens Bank & Trust in Hutchinson and is an active member of the community. Mandy lives in Hutchinson with her husband Nate and their three children.

Meet the full Board of Directors here.


2021 Scholarship Applications Now Open

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.

Applications, instructions and due dates can be found here.

Please note that due to COVID, we are requesting that you download the application on your computer and then submit the application via mail or fax at (320) 484-4642.

Contact Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438 or via email with any questions.

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