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Hutchinson Health earns ‘top performer’ award

SPONSORED POST – Hutchinson Health announced Nov. 19 it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

Hutchinson Health was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 Annual Report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for pneumonia, surgical care, VTE, and Immunization.

Hutchinson Health is one of 1,043 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

• achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

• achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and

• having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above,  and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Hutchinson Health for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

Wright County Board to consider compensation items

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – Wright County Board will consider several compensation items during its Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting including setting the board’s salary and per diem rates for 2016, and setting the 2016 compensation for the elected department heads (auditor/treasurer, attorney, and sheriff).

The board will also consider an appointment to the Great River Regional Library Board.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Wright County Government Center in Buffalo.

Minnesotans look back on deadly 1940 blizzard

WRIGHT, McLEOD, CARVER COUNTIES, MN – With last week’s sunshine and high of 70 degrees F, it’s almost hard to imagine the scene that sent Minnesota into a frozen panic Nov. 11, 1940.

“By noon, it seemed we had nearly a foot of snow,” Bernard J. Luhman of Howard Lake noted in the book, “All Hell Broke Loose.”

The next morning, everything was white. Luhman waded to the barn, and managed to do the milking and feed his cattle, horses, and chickens.

Luhman was a Wright County snow plow driver, and he and his plowing partner, Walter Priggie, worked for 58 hours without sleep.

“This might be a good time to mention that we were paid 35 cents an hour in those days,” he noted.

Look for the full story in the Monday, Nov. 9 edition of the Herald Journal. Click here to subscribe online or in print.

Minneapolis Star Journal - Nov. 11, 1940

Minneapolis Star Journal – Nov. 11, 1940

Funeral notice: Phillip Pope, 79, of Howard Lake, formerly of Montrose

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Phillip Pope, 79, of Howard Lake, formerly of Montrose, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Center in Howard Lake. Funeral services will take place Friday, Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with visitation one hour prior to the funeral service. Arrangements are being handled by Karvonen Funeral Home in New York Mills; visit to send messages of comfort and support.

HVACR employee shortage; workers in high demand

SPONSORED POST – A recent report from the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation has confirmed a nationwide shortage of workers for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration positions. Mechanics and installers are a particularly critical need at this time.

Reasons for the demand include increased growth in the sector and the ongoing retirement of baby boomers.

One company that is hiring qualified HVAC workers is Plumbing and Heating by Craig, which serves the Glencoe, Hutchinson, and Waconia area.

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MN Viking unveils ‘Chad’s Locker’ at Hutchinson Health

SPONSORED POST – Minnesota Viking Chad Greenway brought his “Chad’s Locker” program to Hutchinson Health Oct. 20, helping to make hospital visits happier for patients.

The locker includes kid-friendly electronics and games, including an array of notebook computers, iPads, movies, toys, and games.

Greenway, 32, is the founder of the Lead the Way Foundation, which provides support to Minnesota children with serious illnesses and physical challenges. He launched the first “Chad’s Locker” in 2012.

“This is an honor,” Greenway said in a Vikings Territory article after the locker installment at Hutchinson Health. “Clearly this is something that Hutchinson was ready for. There’s definitely a need, and we’re so excited to be here.”

The program was brought to Hutchinson Health, in part, thanks to local youth advocate Chad Harlander, who runs the REACH program at the Hutchinson High School.

Plenty of purple and gold fans were on hand for the Oct. 20 ribbon cutting ceremony, as Hutchinson Health staff, families, and community members gathered to celebrate the addition of “Chad’s Locker” and express their gratitude to Greenway.

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