Quarter 2, 2017 Newsletter

In this Edition:

Message From the Director

Good Day Friends of the Foundation,

Core to the mission of Hutchinson Health Foundation is support for Hutchinson Health and its numerous health services. As many of you are aware, there are plans to renovate and change a number of areas. A couple of areas I would like to highlight in this edition are the Pediatric Rehab Service and the Cardiac Rehab Service areas.

Pediatric Rehab Service will be relocated to a vacant space in the Plaza 15 Mall. Relocating moves them closer to other related rehab services, namely the Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic. A remodeled space will consist of a large Gym and private treatment rooms, along with necessary support area. The focus of the center is children’s rehabilitation in such areas as speech therapy, motion and balance, and dexterity exercise to help youngsters overcome challenges in those areas. This project is scheduled to start construction this summer with completion sometime in the fall/early winter.

Another, project to be executed is the relocation and renovation of HH Cardiac Rehab Center. This service provides rehab for anyone who is in need of cardiac therapy. These are patients who have had heart surgery or stint surgery, and as a part of their recovery plan, need monitored rehabilitation for a period of time. For patients this means identifying the “new normal” after having a coronary event.

Each of these service areas are staffed with highly trained, compassionate staff that are committed to doing everything they can to assist in helping their patients and their families address some very difficult challenges, so as to give all an enhanced quality of life experience.

As mentioned in the beginning of this letter, support for Hutchinson Health services is our mission, and in particular capital costs for those services, which translated means: equipment, building materials and other “stuff” necessary to support care delivery.

Perhaps, you or a loved one has experienced the tremendous benefit either of these services provide. Maybe you are interested in helping to ensure these services stay in our community and grow in their ability to provide care. You can do this in a most meaningful way by making a donation to the Foundation and directing it for use to assist in paying for the costs of construction.

Cary Linder, Hutchinson Health Foundation DirectorI would be happy to share more details with anyone who is interested, and to work with you should you have a desire to assist the build-out with a donation.

Until next time, 

Cary Linder
Director | Hutchinson Health Foundation



Annual Scramble For Life Golf Tournament, Monday, August 14thDon’t forget to join us for the 26th Annual Scramble for Life Golf Tournament on Monday, August 14th! 18 holes for a great cause, with all proceeds supporting the Foundation’s growing scholarship and granting funds. Shot gun start at 12:00 PM.

If you haven’t already, get registered today

Share N’ Care Dinner & Comedy Night Recap

We want to thank all of you who attended the 32nd Annual Share N’ Care Dinner held on April 19th.  It was a great evening with comedic entertainment provided by David Ferrell, a touching story shared by Kimberly Phifer, great food, great conversation, and a very successful night of fundraising. Thanks to outstanding attendance and your generous support, the Foundation was able to raise $14,314.65 for Hospice. Our most successful year yet! Please save the date and mark your calendars for next year’s annual Share N’ Care Dinner which will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

A Message From Our Donors

Cash Wise

Cash Wise Hutchinson

Cash Wise is a hole sponsor for our upcoming 26th Annual Scramble For Life Golf Tournament

We recently sat down with Glenn Woelfel, the Store Director for Cash Wise Foods in Hutchinson to discuss why he and his business continually support the Foundation and our endeavors. When working on our numerous fundraising events, Glenn and Cash Wise have always been extremely open to helping out in numerous ways. In fact, Cash Wise Foods is a hole sponsor for the 26th Annual Scramble for Life Golf Tournament coming up in August, and has been an avid supporter of our Annual Share N’ Care Dinner and Gala events as well.

When we asked Glenn why he and Cash Wise are ardent supporters of the Foundation, he shared the following:

“Supporting the Hutchinson Health Care Foundation from not only a personal standpoint, but also from a business perspective is very important. As a company, we want to give back to our community – we want to give back to the people who so generously support us. We chose to support the Foundation because we recognize that quality, local health care is part of the fabric that makes a community strong. It has a significant impact on everyone in the area and is something that affects everyone.

It isn’t uncommon to realize how much you appreciate something until it is gone. We don’t want to see that with our local health care. To us, it is important to keep our health care options in our area strong and growing. Hutchinson is a progressive community that offers a lot. Our health care needs to be a solid part of that.”

We can’t thank businesses like Cash Wise enough for helping us stay successful in our efforts to carry through our mission.

If you are interested in exploring more about event sponsorship, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4438.

A Message From One of Our Grateful Recipients – Power of Produce Club

Bringing fresh fruits and veggies to our children

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.

“The Heart of Hutch Eat Smart Committee was very happy when discovering that our application for a grant for the Power of Produce program had been awarded.  This is the second year of the program, and it had to end earlier than desired last summer because funding had been depleted.  This award has assured us of a financially viable program this year; the length of which has actually been extended due to the availability of additional funds.

The Power of Produce program provides a multi-faceted benefit to our community.  Of course, its primary purpose is to introduce and encourage the consumption of fruits and vegetables by not only the children participating in the program, but also by the families that are bringing them to the market.  Last year’s program noted the presence of many more families at the market.  It is the hope that whatever is purchased with the Power of Produce tokens will be shared with the entire family.  The program is bringing people to the market for the first time and this population is also purchasing fruits and vegetables to be consumed by the family. 

The program is also directly benefiting the local agricultural community with the dollars spent by the children going directly to the farmer vendors.  This benefit will help to insure the continuance of the Farmers Market and hopefully build a healthier community with an increase in the consumption of fruits and vegetables.”

Andrew Doherty, SNAP-Ed Educator & Registered Dietitian Nutritionist further reiterated:

“The funding from the Foundation helps the community by supporting a program that draws families together to the Farmers Market. When families are at the market they have the opportunity to connect with the local farmers that grew the food. In addition, the funding helps to empower kids to make healthful choices with their tokens, which hopefully creates a conversation about food with the families.”

When discussing why it is important to keep health care local in our community, and how programs like the PoP club support that, Gensmer added:

“As the old adage notes:  “It takes a village to raise a child.” We as a community must be aware of how to care for our children today who will be the citizens responsible for maintaining the foundation of our community tomorrow.  Health care is a necessary part of a community that is interested in making certain that the foundation is solid and not crumbling.  Health care not only involves care of the acutely ill, but also the prevention of chronic disease in our population and the building of a healthy population that hopefully will not need to utilize the services of immediate medical attention.  We need to realize that there is a definite shift in health care from treatment to prevention and we need that shift to maintain and build a strong community, not only for ourselves but also for future generations.”

If you are interested in learning how to apply for a Foundation grant, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4438.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Dorn, our first recipient of the new Hutchinson Health Graduate Student Scholarship! Pictured with Tracy Marquardt, Hutchinson Health Scholarship Committee member and Renae Dorn, Kaitlyn’s mother and Pharmacist at Hutchinson Health

We wish to extend a big congratulations, and hope you will do the same to our eleven 2017 Scholarship Recipients. We look forward to sharing updates from them in the future as they use their scholarships to further pursue their degree in health care.

  • Hutchinson High School- Megan Ruppert
  • Dassel Cokato- Libbi Jancklia
  • Buffalo Lake Hector Stewart- Madison Ehlers
  • New Century Academy-  Breanna Marshall
  • Hutchinson Health Employee Child- Ellyssa Hoversten
  • Hutchinson Health Employee Child- Emma Berthiaume
  • Hutchinson Health Graduate Student- Kaitlyn Dorn
  • Hutchinson Health Employee- Rachael Stegmeier
  • Dr. Josh and Erin Knudtson Scholarship- Megan Ruppert
  • Dr. Josh and Erin Knudtson Scholarship- Emma Berthiaume
  • Ridgewater- Breanna Poukka

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