Visualizing Veins & Easing Fears

Message From One of Our Grateful Recipients – AccuVein

Brandon Thiemann, CRNA demonstrating how the AccuVein works.

Brandon Thiemann, CRNA demonstrating how the AccuVein works.

The mission of the Foundation is to engage donors to assist Hutchinson Health in meeting the health care needs of its patients, residents, and clients. As a result, the Foundation has funded and supported countless health care programs at Hutchinson Health and within our community. Yet, we realize a lot of the work to match the intention of each donor with the needs of the health care community is done quietly behind the scenes. As a result, we want to be more forthright about sharing the stories from some of our grateful recipients.

We recently sat down with Brandon Thiemann, CRNA at Hutch Health, to discuss how a recent donation that made the purchase of an AccuVein possible and the impact it has had locally.  Here are a few thoughts from Brandon:

The AccuVein helping highlight the veins in Brandon's hand

The AccuVein helping highlight the veins in Brandon’s hand

“Patients will often say having an IV started is the most stressful part of the hospital experience. I know many of us have had at least one experience where it took more than one try to get that IV placed. Thanks to the Foundation’s hard work and generosity, Hutchinson Health now has a device that makes this process easier, and greatly improves the chances of success on the first try! This device, known as AccuVein, has greatly enhanced the level of care we provide our patients at Hutchinson Health.

The AccuVein device is mobile and can be used in any area of the hospital or clinic. It allows the health care provider to visualize veins that previously could not be seen, ultimately improving the IV starting experience and resulting in a more positive patient experience.”

When asked why he feels it is important to keep health care local in our community, this is what Brandon had to say:

“We are a community-based hospital and clinic, and we absolutely pride ourselves on serving our community. Often, we care for our families, friends, relatives, and acquaintances at some of their most vulnerable times.  The community depends on us to provide the best possible care we can, and they need access to this care without long or impossible travel times.  Thanks to donations from the Foundation for devices like the AccuVein, we can greatly enhance the services offered and provide the absolute best care we can to our community, which is a win – win.”

If you are interested in learning how to apply for a Foundation grant, email or call Rachael Gemuenden at or 320.484.4438