Quarter 1 Newsletter

In this Edition:


Message From the Director

Good day to you all,

March came in, and for the most part, left like a lamb.  It now (usually) feels like spring. However, since I am writing this at the beginning of April, and since we do live in Minnesota…I have not put away my snow shovel, just yet. 

It is a pleasure for us to feature in this edition of our E-Newsletter, our scholarship program and its supporters; as well as some of those who have been awarded scholarship funds. Our scholarships are directed to those who intend to pursue a career in health care. As you can imagine, that is a very broad ranging category, filled with great opportunities.

Our scholarship program seeks to encourage students to consider pursuit of a health care related career. The program recognizes and rewards students who have demonstrated high performance in their high school education, and therefore will be able to meet the achievement standards necessary to produce talented and skilled health care providers.

Another purpose of our scholarship program is to support Hutchinson Health in its efforts to recruit health care professionals to our organization. Our best result would be to assist our local students with the cost of education in pursuit of a career in health care; and also have that individual return to our community to serve the needs of patients at Hutchinson Health.

Since 2004, through the generosity of donors to the Scholarship Fund, Hutchinson Health Foundation has paid out over $37,000.00. This is a remarkable accomplishment and it is growing. Two years ago the scholarship amount was increased from $500.00 per person to $1,000.00. Four scholarships are offered to area graduating High School seniors and now two scholarships are awarded to students of Hutchinson Health employees with a second year tail. It is the desire of the scholarship committee to continue to grow the scholarship program to assist with the increasing cost of higher education.

There is also a scholarship fund established and managed at the Hutchinson campus of Ridgewater College for students attending the nursing program there.

In addition to our regular scholarship program, I want to recognize the Dr.’s Knudtson scholarships. Their desire to give back to the community is an inspiration and admirable. The Knudtson’s are working to create an endowment to fund scholarships for two graduating Hutchinson High School Seniors determined to pursue a health care career. Please see the feature article in this newsletter for information on their motivation for this outstanding objective.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those, who by their donations to the foundation, support our scholarship program. I would also like to thank those who serve on our scholarship committee and give leadership to our program. Last, Hutch Health Foundation Director Cary Linderbut not least, thanks to those who give time and energy to volunteer in our fundraising efforts. 

Please feel free to contact me if you interested in learning more about our scholarship program and perhaps have a desire to get involved.

Until next time, 

Cary Linder
Director | Hutchinson Health Foundation


Share N’ Care Dinner & Comedy Night

We are only one week away from our annual Share ‘N Care Dinner & Comedy Night, which is a fundraiser for hospice. Ticket sales end Wednesday, April 13th (that’s tomorrow!).

Hutchinson Health employee LouAnn Perschau will be joining us to tell her hospice story, followed up by Comedian Bob Stromberg. This is a fun night of entertainment, good food, and an evening to celebrate hospice.  We would love to have you all join us!

Purchase Your Tickets Here

Share N' Care Dinner and Comedy Night


2016 Upcoming Events

Hutchinson Health Foundation hosts several fundraising events throughout the year. Our annual events build the Foundation’s involvement levels while helping fund health care projects. We hope you consider joining us for one or more of these events!

Wednesday, May 4th
Wednesday, November 30th 

Masquerade Jewelry Sale
Join us for our $5 Masquerade Jewelry Sales, and help raise funds for the Foundation’s scholarship fund. Held in the Hospital’s main entrance from 10:00am – 5:00pm.
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Monday, August 8th
Scramble for Life
A day of fun, sun, and fundraising. One of our largest annual fundraisers, funds raised at the Scramble for Life support the Foundation’s growing scholarship and granting funds. So save the date and look for ticket information to be posted on our website in March.
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A Message From  Our Donors – Dr. Erin Knudtson & Dr. Knudtson

We recently sat down with Doctors Josh Knudtson and Erin Knudtson, to learn more about what inspired them to establish an endowment to fund scholarships for two graduating Hutchinson High School Seniors determined to pursue a health care career. Dr. Erin Knudtson shared the following:

Dr. Erin Kndutson, and Dr. Josh Knudtson pictured with scholarship recipient Caroline Stroming.

Dr. Erin Knudtson, and Dr. Josh Knudtson pictured with scholarship recipient Caroline Stroming .

“The Foundation’s vision is to promote health care excellence through philanthropy. As members of the community, we were looking to give back to a healthcare system that has been supportive of us. As physicians, we value education and personal development. We have always envisioned the creation of a scholarship to assist students in the funding of their education. Through the creation of our scholarship, The Foundation has given us a wonderful opportunity to donate to the community in a way that we value. We hope that our contribution assists students in the cost of their medical education, which as it rises, makes it more difficult to pursue and makes our gift more fitting.”

When asked what makes them most proud about our community and keeping health care local, Dr. Erin Knudtson summed it up by saying:

“Hutchinson has a nice blend of intellectual and social interests. It has the dynamics of a large city with the warmth of a tight-knit community. 

There’s tremendous value in providing access to healthcare in rural places. People expect to have their needs managed locally. At Hutchinson Health, we wish to provide high quality services and exceed their expectations.”


Message From One of Our Scholarship Recipients – 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. 

Jordan Peterson, pictured with Mom, and Hutchinson Health Employee Toni Peterson, along with Foundation Director Cary Linder.

Jordan Peterson, pictured with Mom, and Hutchinson Health Employee Toni Peterson, along with Foundation Director Cary Linder.

Jordan had this to say:

When I received my generous donation from the Foundation, I was honored and excited to represent the Foundation in the medical field and as a student of physical therapy. The Foundation’s donation has helped me pursue my future career plans as a practicing physical therapist, and has supported me as a Physical Therapy Student at the University of North Dakota. I am excited to continue my education, and become a contributing member of the healthcare community. 

I believe scholarships in local communities’ help students pursue their dreams despite any financial hardships they may be experiencing. Each student should have the opportunity to embark on their career path with hard work and motivation. Community scholarships like the one I received from Hutch Health aid each student to further the journey down their educational path.”

If you know a student who wishes to pursue an education in the health care field, we are currently taking applications for our 2016 Scholarship recipients. Applications for high school students can be found with high school counselors. The employee child application can be downloaded here or picked up at the Foundation Office.