Quarter 2, 2020

In this Edition:

Message From the Director

Attitude of Gratitude

Here at Hutchinson Health we often start or end our meetings with something we are grateful for, which develops an “attitude of gratitude.” In these very stressful times an attitude of gratitude moment can change your entire outlook for the day. Stopping to reflect, if even just for a moment, can quickly turn a sour outlook into an outlook of purpose and hope. I bet I would be hard pressed to find someone who said they haven’t been affected in one way or other by this pandemic known as COVID-19. Through these challenging times there have been many moments of gratitude that have helped keep my outlook positive and focused on the future.

Some of the highlights for me in the past couple months include: seeing employee faces light up by generous donations made by our family of donors, collecting over 7,000 pieces of PPE to help keep our staff protected, awarding $13,000 in scholarships to students pursuing degrees in health care, granting $30,000 to further health initiatives in our community, walking through the beautiful new inpatient unit here at Hutchinson Health, and receiving several messages of support and encouragement from board members and friends. These highlights help get me through the daily stresses brought on by the pandemic.

If you had a part in one of my moments of gratitude, the Foundation and I owe you a BIG thank you. Your donations matter, your thoughts and words of encouragement matter, and your investments in our scholarship and grant programs matter! Our community never ceases to amaze me. Keep up the support of your local non-profits, businesses, and neighbors, because your support creates thousands of moments to be grateful for.

The Foundation Board will be partaking in a strategic retreat in September to reflect on the past year and plan for the future. Because of your support, we will be starting our meeting with an “attitude of gratitude”!

Rachael Gemuenden, Foundation Director


Rachael Gemuenden
Director | Hutchinson Health Foundation



 Grateful Recipient – New Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit

In June 2020, Hutchinson Health shared a virtual open house with the community to showcase the new inpatient unit and to describe how the new space will be used. This 17,600 square foot, 18 room addition not only changes the exterior landscape of the Hutchinson Health facility, but it was designed around our mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with our members, patients and community. 

As Hutchinson Health President Jim Lyons states in the video, the addition was a team effort. We want to thank each and every donor who helped make this vision a reality. We have raised over $145,000 towards the Inpatient Unit, and we are on track to raise $230,000 towards this project by the end of 2020. The financial support of community members and local businesses shows a commitment to health and wellness in Hutchinson and the surrounding communities We are deeply grateful for your generosity. 

Learn more about the project here.

Grateful Donors – Community Donations Support Health Care Workers

The COVID pandemic has been life-changing for everyone, and our local health care workers have worked tirelessly through it all to keep our community safe and healthy. Local businesses, organizations and individuals have rallied around Hutchinson Health employees to show support and gratitude. Every donation, whether a financial gift, handmade masks or pizza for staff, has made a big impact in showing the strength of positive actions and coming together as a community.

Andrew Miner, a donor to the COVID-19 Response & Relief Fund said, “I wanted to give back to a community that supported me growing up, and to inspire cherish-able acts, no matter how big or small they make an impact. It’s about community and family, and how we can support each other in times of need.”

Thank you to all who have donated to support our local health care workers during the COVID pandemic. We will get through this by continuing to work together and will come out the other side a stronger, healthier community!

Read about more donations from community members.

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

 Announcing Our 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship recipients! We are proud of their hard work and accomplishments and look forward to sharing updates from them as they pursue a degree in health care.

  • Hutchinson Health Employee Child – Marit Walsh
  • Hutchinson Health Employee Child – Sarah Skrove
  • Hutchinson Health Graduate Student – Elyssa Hoversten
  • Hutchinson Health Graduate Student – Katherine Fink
  • Dr. Josh and Dr. Erin Knudtson Scholarship – Grace Daak
  • Dr. Josh and Dr. Erin Knudtson Scholarship – Alyssa Grutt
  • Hutchinson High School – Connor Sturges
  • Dassel/Cokato High School – Jackson Martin
  • BLHS High School – Sara Kottke

To learn more about the scholarship recipients, head to the Foundation’s Facebook page, where we will be featuring them with photos and information about what area of health care each student is pursuing a degree in.

Read more about the scholarship program here.

See You Next Year!

We look forward to seeing you next year on Monday, August 9, 2021 at the Crow River Country Club for a day of fun, sun and fundraising to support the Foundation’s annual scholarship and granting programs!

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