Quarter 4, 2018 Newsletter

In this Edition:

Message From the Director

Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you, but the New Year always makes me reflect on the past year, the lessons learned, and the areas I want to improve upon, both personally and professionally. The New Year is a time to start fresh and set goals. I like to consider them New Year’s goals rather than resolutions; as the statistics on resolutions and follow through are quite depressing! This past year was comprised of many accomplishments, changes, and challenges alike. Now our focus shifts to 2019 and our hopes for accomplishments in the upcoming year.

Our staff and board of directors are constantly setting new goals for the Foundation. Some goals you will see us focusing on for 2019 are:

  1. Recognizing and celebrating current donors, while building awareness and support within our community! Our donors, past and new, will be our main priority for 2019.
  2. Supporting Hutchinson Health in their addition of a new 17,600 square foot inpatient wing, including 18 patient rooms. The rooms will be roughly twice the size of our current rooms with plenty of space for patient, family/visitors, and staff. Space for nursing and other support staff will be designed to support optimal efficiency and patient experience.  The $21 million investment for this new wing will be a remarkable change to the landscape of our current facility and help us become a regional care provider.
  3. Continue to strengthen our relationship while using the resources that come with our new HealthPartners Family.
  4. Growing our events for 2019 which include the Share N’ Care Dinner, Scramble for Life Golf Tournament and Foundation Gala.
  5. Evaluating efficiencies in the Foundation office to optimize our staffing and responsibilities.

Rachael Gemuenden, Foundation Director


Rachael Gemuenden
Director | Hutchinson Health Foundation


Meet Our New Board Members

With the new year, we would like to introduce you to the newest faces that have joined the Foundation Board.

Dr. Emily Zoulek

Dr. Zoulek joined Hutchinson Health in 2012 as an OBGYN and also currently serves as the Chief of Maternal Child Health for the Hospital.  In addition she is a member of the Executive Committee and Quality Improvement Committee. She has been involved in numerous organizations including the American Osteopathic Association, the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American College of OBGYN. She joined the Hutchinson Health Foundation Board because she believes in setting a good example, being a positive influence and making an impact within the community where we live.

Kyle Wendling

Kyle co-owns Wendling Insurance Services Inc. with his father Jim where he assists individuals with insurance and retirement planning.  An active volunteer in the community, he has been involved with various organizations including Habitat for Humanity, United Way of McLeod County, Hutchinson Downtown Association, Hutchinson Hockey Association, Hutchinson Jaycees and Water Carnival. Kyle is excited to serve on the Board because he feels there are few things that are more important to see Hutchinson continue to grow as a community than quality health care.

We also want to say thank you to retiring board member Shad Ketcher for his outstanding contributions and service.

Register Now – Share N’ Care Dinner

Please join us for the 34th Annual Hospice Share N’ Care Dinner on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019. Held from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at the Crow River Winery, join us for food, entertainment provided by comedian Mary Mack, and help us celebrate a night of Hospice!

Submit Your Grant Applications By February 22nd!

Each year the Foundation funds organizational proposals that will support:

  • Health Education programs
  • Programs that improve health services
  • New health initiatives

Examples of past Grant Recipients include:

We are currently accepting grant applications until February 22. You can find the grant applications and submission details here.

HHF Grant Applications

Grateful Recipient – Allina Health Hospice

Allina Health Hospice Team Members

Our 34th Annual Share N’ Care Dinner is quickly approaching. If you haven’t yet set aside the date, we encourage you to mark April 17th in your calendars and join us for an evening of entertainment and philanthropy at the Crow River Winery to celebrate a night of Hospice.

When we plan a fundraising event, planning begins very early and a great deal of thought and time are put into that event. You see, we want the event to be as successful as possible, as our fundraising events make a big impact for the organizations we work with. Traditionally our Share N’ Care Dinner proceeds go directly to support our local hospice connections, and as a result, we thought you might like to hear first hand what your support of this evening means to them.

Monica Stanton, from Allina Health Hospice, recently sat down with us and shared the following:

“Allina Health Hospice has also been known as ConnectCare Hospice, and prior to that, we were founded by Hutchinson Area Health Care as a Volunteer Hospice program in the 1980’s.  We have great pride in our heritage as the hospice created by Hutchinson Area Health Care; having served our community members for 35 years.  Our passion is to enable quality of life, comfort, and dignity to our friends, our relatives and our community neighbors when families are experiencing the closing days, weeks, and months in the journey of a loved one’s life.

We were extremely grateful for the donation and the support of the Hutchinson Health Care Foundation and the entire Hutchinson Community, which helps further strengthen our hospice program.  The donation from the Share N’ Care dinner will help to fund our hospice bereavement program. Allina provides bereavement services to families and caregivers for thirteen months following the death of the hospice patient, with no fee charged for these services. The bereaved person has the option of individual and on-going bereavement visits with a grief counselor, attending a grief support group, and receiving mailings about grief. Some bereaved choose to receive all support services offered. The grief counselor can also assist with finding additional bereavement services offered in the community.

In addition, all donations to Allina Health Hospice also fund our Massage Therapy program, our Music Therapy program and our Aroma Therapy program for hospice patients.  Depending on the needs of the patient, these integrative therapies are offered to help relieve pain or discomfort, stress or anxiety, shortness of breath, feelings of loneliness or isolation, nausea, restlessness, or other types of discomfort that might be experienced at end-of-life.  These therapies are not covered by insurance but are provided with the goal of comfort.

Our community truly benefits from donations such as this, as it enables our hospice program to provide services which are not reimbursed by insurance and we wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide to the patients and families we serve.  In 2018, Allina Health Hospice provided 341 Massage Therapy visits and 222 Music Therapy visits to our patients in the Hutchinson area.  Our Aroma Therapy program is expanding, and we are now able to offer Aroma Therapy patches, inhalers and oils to hospice patients to provide symptom management and quality of life.

Allina’s grief counselor is available to assist community members with finding grief support services.  This may include attending Allina’s Adult Grief Support Group, which is open to any community member who has experienced the death of a loved one. Allina’s grief counselor provides presentations to help educate the public about grief, as well as presentations to area residential facility staff to help them understand the grief they experience as professional caregivers. In addition, Allina reaches out to community members during the holidays, inviting them to attend the Annual Hospice Thanks and Remembrance Service and Tree Lighting.  The Allina grief counselor strives to help community members know that there is support for them during a very difficult time in their lives.”

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 

Circle of Friends Members – The Mulders

Dr. Steven & Evelyn Mulder

Dr. Steven & Evelyn Mulder

It is no secret that our donors are what make our Foundation successful.  Without their support, whether it be through our donor clubs, our E-Star program, by supporting our fundraising events, or simply a one time donation, we would cease to exist. Those of you new to the Foundation may not understand the impact that would have on our community. Every year we give away thousands of dollars in grants (thanks to our donors) that go to support the growth of health care in our community and make it a better place.

So as we continue forward with a new year, we will continue to bring you stories about our grant recipients, and how your donations make a critical impact; as well as stories from our donors and why they choose to partner with us, like the one below. If you would ever like to learn more about the Foundation, don’t hesitate to reach out!


Many of you know Dr. Mulder as the President of Hutchinson Health. In addition, he and his wife Evelyn are avid supporters of the Foundation and long time Circle of Friends Members. With an upcoming April retirement, we wanted to take this opportunity to sit down with Dr. Mulder and get his perspective about donating to an organization that is so near and dear to his heart. Dr. Mulder wanted to share the following:

“With a combined 66 years working at Hutchinson Health, Evelyn and I have seen first-hand the impact of skilled, compassionate health care. If we can avoid the inconvenience and stress of travel to a large center, while still providing the same level of care, that’s one less thing patients and families need to worry about. We choose to donate to the Foundation because the Foundation directly supports the ability of Hutchinson Health to provide that level of care locally. We want to back initiatives that directly impact the ability to grow the breadth and depth of health care offered in Hutchinson. This is good for the community and, especially as we get older, for us!”

When asked what makes him most proud about our community, Dr. Mulder shared the following:

“Community investments that have a clear financial return are always easy to support. However, as a community we need to be proud that we also pursue investments that are more about quality of life than immediate return on investment. While more intangible, these investments have the greatest long term impact on future growth and vitality.”

Thank you Dr. Mulder not only for your leadership, but for your and Evelyn’s continued support!

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

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, April 17th
Share ‘N Care Dinner
Celebrating its 34th year, our Annual Share N’ Care Dinner remains the Foundation’s longest running event. This evening of dinner and entertainment helps raise funds to support hospice care within our community. So save the date and click on the link below to register!
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Wednesday, May 1st
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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