Quarter 4, 2020

In this Edition:

Message From the Director

Happy New Year Foundation friends! We are welcoming 2021 with open arms. The past year was no doubt a trying year for many, but it was also a year of great accomplishment. As a result of the generous endowment donations we have received over the years, our Foundation board was able to designate over $22,000. These funds went to support two worthy causes at Hutchinson Health.

The first project being funded is called a LUMEON DOPPLER ABI/AVS System. It is designed to make the ankle-brachial index exam faster and easier to conduct, interpret and document. This is a simple non-invasive vascular study commonly used to diagnose Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). People who suffer from PAD have an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease. This system allows Hutchinson Health to expand its menu of ultrasound services, allowing patients to receive more care locally. And, it supports providers by supplying another clinical tool for the care of their patients!

The second project’s focus is the safety of our patients and staff. The new inpatient unit came equipped with a hard-wired mobile duress button at the nurse’s station. While this is useful, the current system lacks the portability needed for nurses to immediately activate a duress call when needed. Through the addition of a system that supports portable functionality, we significantly enhance the safety of our staff as they care for patients throughout the inpatient space.

As we reflect back on 2020, we can appreciate the lessons learned and celebrate all the great work that was accomplished in this trying year. We are kicking off 2021 with a full event calendar, two new board members, and a new grant and scholarship season. Here’s to many more new beginnings in 2021!

Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year!

Rachael Gemuenden, Foundation Director


Rachael Gemuenden
Director | Hutchinson Health Foundation



 2021 Grant Applications Now Open

Each year, the Hutchinson Health Foundation grants funds to support health education programs, new health initiatives, and programs that support health services in Hutchinson and the surrounding area. Last year, we were proud to grant more than $29,000 to support health and wellness in our community.

The 2021 grant applications (internal and public) are open! Submissions are due Friday, February 26 at 3:00 PM. Applications can be found here.

Please note that due to COVID, we are requesting that you download the application on your computer and then submit the application via mail or fax at (320) 484-4642.

Contact Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438 or via email with any questions.

 Grateful Recipient – Hutchinson Health Staff

In December, the Hutchinson Health staff received heartfelt, generous gifts in support and gratitude of their exceptional work during the COVID pandemic. A sincere thank you to the following two initiatives and all involved who brought our staff members so much joy!

Pottery for Each Staff Member

The Hutchinson Empty Bowls Reimagined project, led by Morgan Baum of Clay Coyote, distributed more than 600 pieces of pottery to all Hutchinson Health staff members. Read more here.

Free Jimmy’s Pizza for Each Staff Member

Shad Ketcher of New Era Financial and Brad and Jeri Lueneburg provided a gift certificate for a free, large Jimmy’s Pizza to all 575 Hutchinson Health staff to show their appreciation, while also supporting a local business. Read more here.

Jodi Kieser (Patient Access) and Sue Alrick (RN)

Wow! Thank you for the generous gift certificate to Jimmy’s Pizza – my favorite! It has been a trying & difficult year for sure, but the support of Hutch Health & our community has been wonderful. Thanks for making my holiday season a little brighter!” – Hutchinson Health Staff Member

Grateful Donors – Shad & Melissa Ketcher

Shad and Melissa Ketcher

Shad and Melissa Ketcher believe the importance of giving back locally is a part of their duty as caring citizens. In their opinion, giving back to the community is vital to keeping as much as possible local, including health care. “Health care,” said Shad, “is an important part to keeping a community strong. It helps draw people to the area and encourages them to continue to support their community.”

The Ketchers are proud how community members in Hutchinson come together to create a better place to live and work for everyone, whether it is helping out by giving financially, donating time, or both. The Ketchers are no strangers to philanthropy. Long time donors and Foundation supporters, Shad also served on the Board of Directors for three terms. It was during one of his tenures on the board that Shad lent his expertise to the Foundation by suggesting an endowment fund be set up. Because of this fund, the Foundation was able to designate significant financial resources for necessary improvements at Hutchinson Health this year. Read more about Shad’s foresight and leadership in setting up the endowment fund here.

Thank you, Shad and Melissa, for supporting not only the Foundation, but the greater community of Hutchinson!

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

Welcome New Board Members!

Roman Bloemke

Roman Bloemke is an active member of the Hutchinson community. He is currently COO of Welcome Home Management, COO/owner of Woodstone Senior Living, and owner of RDB Photography. He is also on the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and involved with the Hutchinson Ambassadors and the Leadership Design Team. Previously, Roman was a Senior Newscast Director in Austin, MN after he attended Riverland Community College where he earned an AAS in Television Production and Certificate in Multimedia Design. In his spare time, Roman enjoys riding bike, photography, and hosting the podcast “Hometown Connections.”

Dr. Jalayna Smith

Dr. Jalayna Smith is a physician at Hutchinson Health. Her professional interests include prenatal care and delivery, pediatrics, women’s health, treating routine skin conditions, procedures and preventative medicine. She attended Concordia College-Moorhead before attending medical school at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Smith is a Litchfield native who now resides in Hutchinson with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughters, family bike rides, and anything crafty. She also serves on Christ the King’s Children’s Ministry Board. Dr. Smith looks forward to the opportunity to give back to the community of Hutchinson by helping on the Foundation board.

Join Us in 2021

We are hopeful that we will be able to hold our events in 2021. These events serve as major fundraisers for our grant and scholarship initiatives. Please save the following dates and plan on joining us:

  • Share N’ Care Dinner, Wednesday, April 21
  • Spring Jewelry Sale, Wednesday, May 5
  • Scramble for Life, Monday, August 9
  • Gala, Saturday, November 20
  • Winter Jewelry Sale, Tuesday, December 7

If you have questions, please email or call Rachel Gemuenden at 320.484.4438

2021 Scholarship Applications Now Open

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.

The 2021 scholarship applications are open! Applications can be found here.

Please note that due to COVID, we are requesting that you download the application on your computer and then submit the application via mail or fax at (320) 484-4642.

Contact Rachael Gemuenden at 320.484.4438 or via email with any questions.

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