Quarter 4, 2019

In this Edition:

Message From the Director

Every morning on my walk into work I enjoy seeing the progress on the new expansion. It represents the great effort that is required for growth.  Growth, by definition, is the process of increasing in amount, value, or importance. The new inpatient expansion is the epitome of all of these things and more. Our mission here at Hutchinson Health is to improve health and well-being in partnership with our members, patients, and community. The decision to move forward with the new inpatient unit was centered on our mission and will allow Hutchinson Health to continue to provide exceptional care locally.

The Foundation feels honored to support the growth at Hutchinson Health. Our donors should feel a great sense of pride for their part in the expansion. Our donor family not only has helped with the financial commitments of the expansion, but have set the tone for the community. Thank you!

Growth equals change. If you want to get better, you have to keep changing and improving. That means stepping out into new areas.

~ John Maxwell

Rachael Gemuenden, Foundation Director


Rachael Gemuenden
Director | Hutchinson Health Foundation



Now Accepting 2020 Grant Applications

Each year the Foundation funds organizational proposals supporting health education programs, programs that improve health services, and new health initiatives. Grant applications are due at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Find more details and the applications here.

Grateful Recipient – New Inpatient Unit

The average inpatient Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care census at Hutchinson Health today is 10 – 15 patients. The profile of those patients is very different than it was in the 1970s. There is an increase in the acutely ill, and those who require continuous monitoring and a much higher intensity of nursing and ancillary services such as lab and radiology.

 The current inpatient structure and rooms were built for 1970s-era patients, not for today’s. The size of the current rooms, 150 square feet, does not comfortably accommodate all the needs of today’s patients. The monitoring and equipment needed did not exist in the 1970s. Our patients and staff are squeezed tight, not to mention families and visitors.

 The new inpatient Medical/Surgical/Intensive Care wing has been carefully designed to meet today’s needs. The number of beds – 18 with the ability to expand to 22 – is in line with projections for the needs of our community and region. The size of the rooms – averaging 300 square feet – are designed to safely and comfortably meet the needs of patients, families and staff. This project will truly transform inpatient care.

It is the goal of Hutchinson Health, in collaboration with HealthPartners, to expand the local availability of state-of-the-art primary and specialty care as a regional center. Every philanthropic dollar raised for this project is a dollar Hutchinson Health can redirect to further that goal. Donations earmarked for this project will directly advance Hutchinson Health’s mission: To Improve Health and Well-Being in Partnership with our Members, Patients and Community.

Donate today to support the New Inpatient Unit.

Join Us in 2020!

We hope to see you soon at one (or two or three!) of the Foundation’s upcoming events in 2020!

If you are interested in volunteering at an upcoming event, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at rgemuenden@hutchhealth.com or 320.484.4438

Grateful Donors – David and Cara Mach

Dr. David and Cara Mach are proud to have made Hutchinson home with their young children. The community’s generosity and the support that is offered to many different organizations, including the Hutchinson Health Foundation, is what makes them most proud of working and living in Hutchinson.

“A community that selflessly gives to others is something we are proud to be a part of, and we believe that organizations like the Foundation can and will act to serve a larger purpose in our community,” says Cara.

The Machs choose to direct their time and financial resources to the Foundation because, “Organizations like the Foundation offer avenues for people or groups in our community to have access to more opportunities. The Foundation’s vision for aiding our community’s needs is in line with the values we admire and strive for.” 

For the Machs, keeping health care local is vital because they feel a strong a vibrant health care system will continue to enhance Hutchinson, promote better health and increase the quality of life for those in Hutchinson and the surrounding area. 

Thank you, Machs, for your generosity!

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

2019 Moonlight Masquerade Gala

Thank you to all who sponsored, volunteered, or attended the 2019 Hutchinson Health Foundation Moonlight Masquerade Gala on Saturday, November 19 at the Crow River Winery. This fun evening was a huge fundraising success, with more than $50,000 being raised that evening through the fund-a-need and silent and live auctions. In total, $67,419 was raised thanks to the generosity of our donors and friends. Thank you!

View photos from the evening here.


Now Accepting 2020 Scholarship Applications

The Hutchinson Health Foundation Scholarship Program offers $13,000 in annual funding to create bright futures for students pursuing a degree in health care fields. There are currently seven different scholarship opportunities available. Please contact Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438 or via email with any questions.

Find more details and the applications here

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