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HCHA included in award-winning presentation about Hendricks, MN, in St. Cloud


Sociology 480 Students at Hendricks Project with Instructor Rebecca Freilinger

Cutline: Mike Fabre, Chelsie Cragin, Jake Tyson, Bikal Kafle,  Abdull Gure. (Not pictured Ileys Osman)

A group of St. Cloud State University (SCSU) Sociology students visited and researched Hendricks, MN in October to develop a presentation at an event called, “Community Engagement Celebration; Showcasing Student and Community Collaboration” in the Atwood Memorial Center on the SCSU campus in St. Cloud, MN last week. Their project is called, “Appreciative Inquiry”, prepared and presented as a result of their 3 day visit to Hendricks.

From approximately eighty entries at the symposium, there were five awards presented. The “Appreciative Inquiry” presentation brought the sociology students an award in the category “Most Unique Project”.

The students spent time visiting Hendricks City Hall, Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA), Hendricks Public School, Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative (ITC), and Hendricks Senior Center. During unstructured time, the students toured the lake shore, played frisbee-golf with youth from Hendricks, went shopping downtown, and ate at local restaurants.

Mike Fabre, Chelsie Cragin, Jake Tyson, Bikal Kafle,  Abdull Gure and Ileys Osman, all Sociology students from SCSU, along with their instructor Rebecca Frielinger, learned about the heritage, ecosystem, infrastructure, economy, healthcare, communications, education, community programs, and the  demographics of Hendricks.

During their visit at HCHA, Jeff Gollaher provided the students with basic information regarding community health needs, demography, history, and how the hospital plans for the future.  Beverly Gillund, director of clinical care services, gave the students a tour of the complex and provided information on medical technology, cooperative health services, and the changing needs of the community.

Included in the report; “The hospital is actually a health care complex that provides a great number of services—far more in number than we expected. The administrators are dedicated and creative. They have made it possible to offer far more services by crafting solutions through responsible financial stewardship and by using available cutting edge technology.”

The report is very insightful, from an outside perspective, prepared by a diverse group of young inquisitive educated minds, who learned, enjoyed and became inspired by the small rural Minnesota town of Hendricks.

To see the entire Appreciative Inquiry report, visit