Quarter 3, 2018 Newsletter

In this Edition:

Message From the Director

Dear Foundation Friends,

The Foundation is entering a new season and with every season comes change! I have been told there is even a song that explains this.

This is my first official message as the new Director of the Foundation. 2018 proved to be a year of many changes for both Hutchinson Health and the Foundation. Here are some of the highlights. We were welcomed into the Health Partners Family; we celebrated the openings of the new and improved Cancer Center and Cardiac Rehab area; and we said a farewell and best of luck to friend and Foundation Director, Cary Linder.

As if those changes weren’t enough to make your heads spin, we have also added a new face to our Foundation office staff. It is with great pleasure that I introduce Mrs. Laura Burgstahler, our new Administrative Assistant.

I want to say a special thank you to our Board members, business associates, donors, and volunteers who have been helping in this time of transition and change. Once I return from my maternity leave (yes, yet another gigantic change, at least for my family), I look forward to focusing on the Foundation’s opportunity for growth in 2019 and beyond!Rachael Gemuenden, Foundation Director


Rachael Gemuenden
Director | Hutchinson Health Foundation


Say Hello to Laura!

We are very excited to introduce Laura Burgstahler, the Foundation’s new Administrative Assistant! She lives in rural Hutchinson with her husband Lucas, and they recently welcomed a baby girl to their family! She is excited to be a part of Hutchinson Health’s Foundation team! Please help us welcome Laura to the Foundation!


Save the Date

Join us for our upcoming $5 Masquerade Jewelry Sale, on Wednesday, December 5th and help raise funds for the Foundation’s scholarship fund!

Always a lot of cute pieces, and priced at just $5/piece, they make great stocking stuffers!

Held in the Hospital’s main entrance from 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Grateful Recipient – Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum

Reaching “new heights” through play and exploration

Board member Megan Karg with Wheel & Cog staff and the new Community Playthings modular play set

If you have young children and are local to the area, odds are you have found yourself at the Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum of Hutchinson a time or two (or twenty!).  A popular destination for our area children year-round, and especially during our cold winter months, it is a place where they can explore, learn, and be physically active. Hutchinson Health Foundation recently awarded Wheel & Cog their second grant to support the purchase a 0-3 year-old Community Playthings modular play set and a 8 ft x 20 ft climbing wall.

Jessica Sabrowsky, founder of the Wheel & Cog, shared how the Foundation grant supported the addition of these two big body play pieces to the current exhibit spaces and enhanced the options for children of all ages between 0-12 years whom the museum targets.

Sabrowsky explained:

The modular playset, targeted at children 3 years and younger has been a fan favorite! This modular playset offers gross motor play opportunities for the young ones and includes small steps, a tunnel and slide. There are also railings to help young ones develop gross motor skills and a mirror. On average, we have had about 10 infants visit most days, sometimes more.

The climbing wall has also added elevation for guests, allowing them to reach “new heights”. The climbing wall has also been a fan favorite, offering all museum guests the opportunity to experience the physical challenge of rock climbing. In addition, the wall provides the opportunity for therapy, social-emotional and cognitive development. The Everlast Climbing wall relates to meeting national standards and grade-level outcomes for K-12 Physical Education.

Wheel and Cog Children’s Museum, like most non-profit organizations, relies heavily on community support through donations, grants, and volunteers. The museum board of directors voted to leverage the donation from Hutchinson Health Foundation with Legacy Funding to complete the purchase for the modular playset and climbing wall. A group of 3M maintenance volunteers, led by Joe Nelson, donated time to install the climbing wall at the museum. We are thankful to have so many organizations within our community who generously support non-profit organizations with volunteer programs and funding opportunities. We cannot say thank you enough for all the support.”

When asked why it is important to keep health care local in our community? Jessica shared:

Delivering quality healthcare services in a rural community does more than provide the needed healthcare. It also has a positive impact on the economic health of the community through supporting higher paying jobs. In rural communities, healthcare and overall vitality of the community are intrinsically linked. A robust community supports and sustains quality health services for its residents by attracting and retaining highly trained and committed healthcare professionals. The doctors, nurses and healthcare network offer a vital safety net for their communities. Communities with strong economies may also be more likely to financially support the healthcare system through higher rates of health insurance coverage, philanthropic giving, and by investing in infrastructure that can be leveraged by the healthcare system. In return, a high-quality healthcare system can support economic and community development initiatives.”

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.

Our Grateful Donors 

Annual Event Sponsors – Citizens Bank & Trust

The Citizens Bank & Trust Business Team from left to right: Anthony Hanson, Tim Ulrich, Buzz Burich, and Mike Cannon

If you have resided in Hutchinson for any length of time, you most likely have been impacted by one of the numerous organizations, facilities and community events that Citizens Bank & Trust supports. It’s no secret that they love this community, and want to see it thrive. The Foundation has been thankful to have their support as an Annual Event Sponsor for many years.

We recently had the opportunity sat down with Mike Cannon, Executive VP of Personal Banking & Commercial Lending to discuss why he and the Bank continually support the Foundation and our endeavors. He shared the following:

“We feel our community has a lot to offer, which includes good industry, education and health care. All of these are a vital component to a strong community, and something we take into consideration when making donations. The Bank wishes to aid in enhancing the health care offering in the community with our donations; and we believe gifts directly to the Foundation are the best route for us to support our local health care. After all, having a strong health care system truly helps the community grow and prosper.”

We can’t thank organizations like Citizens Bank & Trust enough for helping us stay successful in our efforts to carry through our mission.

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

Annual Scramble for Life Recap

We want to thank all of you who attended the 27th Annual Scramble For Life Golf Tournament held on August 13th.  It was a warm and sunny day on the course with over 115 golfers in attendance this year. Thanks to the outstanding support from our golfers and event sponsors, the Foundation was able to raise $37,317.13! Funds raised at the Scramble for Life support the Foundation’s growing scholarship and granting funds.

Please save the date and mark your calendars for next year’s annual Scramble for Life Golf Tournament which will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019.

Oh Baby! The Newest Additions

They are here! We would like to introduce you to the newest Foundation ambassadors, and future donors!

Charles (Charlie) Popp Gemuenden made his arrival on Tuesday, September 25 and is the son of Foundation Director Rachael Gemuenden and her husband Dan.

Molly QuinnMolly Quinn Burgstahler made her arrival on Friday, October 26 and is the daughter of Foundation Administrative Assistant Laura Burgstahler and her husband Lucas.

Congratulations to both the Gemuenden and Burgstahler families!


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