Quarter 2, 2019

In this Edition:

Message From the Director

Summer is known as “construction season” in Minnesota! Here at Hutchinson Health, the summer of 2019 will be one of the most active construction periods we have seen in a while. Multiple facility and improvement projects are currently underway. Taking center stage is the New Inpatient Unit. Drive past the Hospital on Highway 15 and you will be able to watch the project progress on this new 17,600 square foot addition. State-of-the-art in its design, the unit will contain 18 patient rooms. The rooms are larger than existing rooms in our current facility and have a focus on patient, staff and visitor zones. The new unit was designed to meet the needs of today’s patients, supporting optimal efficiency and patient experience. The $21 million investment for this new unit will be a remarkable change to the landscape of our current facility.

While construction crews are hard at work, we’re busy building a foundation for support. The Foundation has a goal of $500,000. Every philanthropic dollar we can raise is a dollar that Hutchinson Health can redirect to support patient care and community health and well-being in other ways. The Foundation has been tasked with furnishing the new inpatient rooms. As you can imagine these furnishings include a range of equipment. Anything from patient lifts to double shade systems – all pieces that play a vital part in creating a healing environment. This transformative project will be the focus for our 2019 Moonlight Masquerade Gala; all earmarked donations will be celebrated that night. If you would like to get involved in this project please feel free to contact me.

Rachael Gemuenden, Foundation Director

Please, consider partnering with us to transform patient care!


Rachael Gemuenden
Director | Hutchinson Health Foundation


2019 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to all of our 2019 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 Health Employee – Rae Krumrey
  • Hutchinson Health Employee Child – Madison Mayer
  • Hutchinson Health Employee Child – Madalyn Prokosch
  • Hutchinson Health Graduate Student – Emily Tonn
  • Hutchinson Health Graduate Student – Ellyssa Hoversten
  • Dr. Josh and Dr. Erin Knudtson Scholarship – Madalyn Prokosch
  • Dr. Josh and Dr. Erin Knudtson Scholarship – Nicole Rezac
  • McKay Scholarship – Brandon Yira
  • Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart School – Emily VanderVoort
  • Hutchinson High School – Madison Fortun
  • Hutchinson High School – Allison Theisen
  • Dassel Cokato High School – Lily Pokornowski
  • Ridgewater – Joy Ingenito

You can learn more about the Scholarships available in our program by clicking here.

Golf for a Cause: 28th Annual Scramble for Life Golf Tournament

2019 Scramble for Life Golf Tournament

We hope you can join us for the 28th Annual Scramble for Life on Monday, August 12, 2019 at the Crow River Country Club. One of the Foundation’s largest annual fundraisers, this day of sun, fun and friends supports the Foundation’s scholarships and granting funds. Register your team today!

Grateful Recipient – Crow River Swat

We are happy to announce that Hutchinson Police Services is one of the 2019 Foundation grant recipients. Members of Hutchinson Police Services and the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office make up the Crow River SWAT Team, which is an emergency response to dangerous situations where the risk to law enforcement, the public and suspects is heightened. Deputy Matt Wyatt of the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office and Sergeant Eric Kilian of the Hutchinson Police Department explained the vital need that this grant is helping fund:

“This grant allows us to meet our medical needs and ensure lifesaving medical necessities are available to our team members when lives of law enforcement, members of the public, and suspects are at risk. We are relieved and appreciative that this need for our team will be met thanks to the generosity of the Foundation and its donors. Although the medical items we need are of real importance, there is always a challenge with funding items that we hopefully never have to use.

Not only does this grant benefit the Crow River SWAT Team, but it is necessary to keeping community members safe. With this new medical equipment, our team can initiate lifesaving efforts immediately (before the EMS can arrive) for anyone during high risk situations. Having a team that is properly equipped can mean the difference between life and death for those involved in the types of situations to which the Crow River SWAT Team responds.

In many cases, members of our community are first responders to local issues. When we keep healthcare local, we have better opportunities to build meaningful relationships with our healthcare providers resulting in more positive outcomes.”

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.

Grateful Donor

Kyle Wendling

Kyle Wendling, HHF Board Member and Patrons of Promise Member

Kyle Wendling, HHF Board Member and Patrons of Promise Member

There may be a number of reasons you recognize Kyle Wendling’s name. Not only is Kyle a native of Hutchinson and co-owner of Wendling Insurance Services Inc. on Main Street, but he is also a Hutchinson Health Foundation Board member and Patrons of Promise member.

Kyle’s generosity to the Foundation comes from a love of his hometown and a desire to help members of the community. When asked about why Kyle decides to give gifts of time and money to organizations such as the Foundation, Kyle said, “How can you call Hutchinson home and not want to get involved? There are so many opportunities here to engage in organizations that have a direct, positive impact on our friends and neighbors. I choose to give back to the Foundation because I work with a lot of individuals who have concerns about healthcare after retiring. The Foundation does a wondering job at providing support to Hutchinson Health and the community as a whole to advance health in our area.”

When asked about what he is most proud of about our community, Kyle shared, “I believe our community sees the importance of striving to constantly improve quality of life for all individuals, including the new Cancer Center and inpatient addition, remodeled high school, and a great park system. Having quality healthcare at a local level is essential for our community to grow and attract new people to the area.”

Thank you, Kyle, for your dedication and contributions to the Foundation!

If you are interested in learning more about our Patrons of Promise program or other donation opportunities, please email or call Rachel Gemuenden at 320.484.4438

2019 Share N’ Care Recap

We want to extend our gratitude to all of you who attended the 34th Annual Share N’ Care Dinner held on April 17th at Crow River Winery. It was a night full of laughter (thanks to comedian Mary Mack) and connecting with each other over great food and conversation. Jennifer Trettin also shared her story of being a cancer survivor and how she volunteers her time with her pet therapy dog to help lift hospice patients’ spirits. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your impactful story and inspiring many others to volunteer their time. We also had an evening of successful fundraising. Thanks to outstanding attendance and the generous support of donors like you, the Foundation was able to raise $12,302.00 this year! We cannot thank you enough for continuing to support this important event. Please save the date for next year’s dinner: Wednesday, April 15, 2020.



2019 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, December 11th
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 12th
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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Saturday, November 16th
The Hutchinson Health Foundation Gala is a biennial event. Fundraising, food, and fun encompass the goals of the evening.
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