Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship awarded

Dean McClenathan with Shawn Carlson, CNA, 2015 recipient of the Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Dean McClenathan with Shawn Carlson, CNA, 2015 recipient of the Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

The Winona Health Foundation Scholarship Committee selected Shawn Carlson, to receive the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship. 

Shawn attends Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and will graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing. He currently is a certified nursing assistant on the Winona Health Medical, Surgical and Pediatrics units as well as in the Family Birth Center, where he has cared for many patients and their families. At the end of this month he will transition into caring for patients in the Intensive Care Unit at Winona Health.

The Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship was established by Phyllis’s husband Dean and their children Mark and Denise, when Phyllis, who was a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center, passed away after a long fight with cancer. In establishing this scholarship, the McClenathan family wanted to honor Phyllis by encouraging and helping others in their efforts to become devoted, effective and compassionate caregivers.

The McClenathan family directed memorials to the scholarship fund and hopes that others will contribute so that the fund will grow and continue in perpetuity. Gifts to the Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship may be made to the Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn., 55987. 

Questions about the scholarship or about the Winona Health Foundation may be directed to 507.474.3328.




It’s Mother’s Day Tea Time!

Tickets now available for Winona Health Auxiliary Mother’s Day Springtime Tea

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Tea will be Saturday, May 9. This year’s event will be at 11:30 a.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 259 West Wabasha Street, Winona, Minn. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 10 and under at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby at 855 Mankato Ave.

The Mother’s Day Springtime Tea, is an elegant event which has become a traditional Mother’s Day celebration. The Tea raises funds for Winona Health Auxiliary projects, including healthcare scholarships and enhancing the patient rehabilitation rooms in Lake Winona Manor.

The menu includes rose tea, punch and a variety of afternoon tea treats. A special children’s menu also is available. Bring that special lady, mother, daughter, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, niece, grandmother or friend. Men and boys are welcome, too. The little girls (and boys) will have an opportunity to model their tea-time outfit.

Flowers arranged in colorful teapots will be available for purchase. The potted tea pots are great Mother’s Day gifts!

Tickets go fast and the event is usually a sellout. If questions, please call 507.474.3328.

Improving access to mental health services

Winona Health in the news…

A Minnesota Hospital is Improving Access to Mental Health Services

For a patient managing an ongoing health care issue — whether its diabetes, heart disease or depression — taking time away from work or school to visit the doctor can be a burden, as can waiting for a routine change in medication because specialty care is unavailable during the weekend.

Unfortunately, this situation has become common for many patients, especially people dealing with mental health issues.

Add in an ongoing shortage of psychiatrists available to serve patients, and hospitals throughout the country are looking for innovative ways to provide specialty care when it’s needed.  read more…



Healthy Kids Bike Rodeo

 Celebrate Winona Earth Day 2015

Winona Health’s Healthy Kids will be at the Winona Earth Day 2015 event on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be on the Winona State University Campus at the corner of Main Street and 8th Street in Winona.

The bike rodeo will help children under 12 learn the rules of the road and practice their bike skills on a special course. To participate in the Healthy Kids Bike rodeo, children must bring their bike and wear a helmet. Those who have questions about the Bike rodeo may call 507.457.4161.

Winona Earth Day 2015 also features vendors, speakers, food, games and prizes.

For more information about Winona Earth Day 2015, click here.

Winona Health launches Spirit of Women

Winona Health launches Spirit of Women to improve health and wellbeing of women and their families

Winona Health is inviting women of all ages to be part of Spirit of Women, a new program to improve the health and wellbeing of women and their families.

“Women are often the caregivers of everyone else, so it’s important to provide a support system to help them take care of themselves,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health. “The Spirit program is another way we’re providing care for women that we think they’ll really enjoy.”

Spirit of Women encompasses health-related information with fun and educational programs and events to support and inspire women in their effort to lead healthy lives.

Winona Health invites women of all ages to sign up to be part of the Spirit of Women program. Becoming a Spirit of Women member is free and provides several benefits:

  • Advance notice of special, educational and social events and screening reminders
  • Spirit of Women monthly email
  • Winona Health monthly events email
  • A subscription to Spirit of Women Magazine
  • Invitations to special members-only events
  • Free or discounted admission to all Spirit of Women events and health screenings
  • Discounts and special offers
  • A welcome gift

To sign up for Winona Health’s Spirit of Women, call 507.457.4161 or click below.

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Indulge! Thursday, April 30

Winona Health invites women to Indulge in their best health now

Winona Health is hosting Indulge, an entertaining and informational event to help women focus on their best health. This evening is specifically designed to offer valuable information about health issues that affect women.

This energizing and informative event will be Thursday, April 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Winona Heath Women’s Health Center on the clinic 3rd floor, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

In addition to education, women can enjoy feel-good chocolate treats, in moderation of course, among other fun and helpful activities.

Presentations include:

Half of All Women (focus on pelvic floor health)
5:45 – 6:15 p.m. – presented by Melissa Richards, MD, and Tara Suffrins, CNP

When Your Plumbing Leaks (focus on incontinence)
6:45 – 7:15 p.m. – presented by Scott Birdsall, MD, and Troy Shelton, MD

Each 30-minute presentation will be followed by time for questions.

“Although the primary purpose of our Indulge event is to educate women about the issues that may be having a negative impact on their lives and what they can do to change them, the real power of this event is in women coming together in a fun atmosphere to learn and share ideas for better health,” says Melissa Richards, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Winona Health.

The evening also includes delicious dark chocolate, health screenings, and fun activities to emphasize awareness about health issues affecting women today.

The event is free if you sign up for Winona Health’s Spirit of Women program. There is no charge or obligation for the Spirit of Women program and attendees can sign up for Spirit of Women now or during the event.

To RSVP for Indulge by Tuesday, April 28. please call 507.457.4161 or click the button below to RSVP online.

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Learn more about the benefits of the Spirit of Women program or sign up for Spirit of Women here.

Spirit of Women



Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard named Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients

Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard  with Hugh Miller on right.

Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard, Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients, with Hugh Miller on right.

Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard received the 2014 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a dinner held in their honor on Tuesday, April 7. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to a person, persons or group whose generosity has led to the betterment of the Winona area.

The Shepards were nominated by community members who wish to remain anonymous, but who wrote about the countless hours of service the Shepards have given the Winona community. Their dedication reflects their appreciation for nature, the environment, history and education.

Judy’s involvement has benefitted Whitewater, Great River Bluffs, and Perrot State Parks, as well as Myrick Hixon EcoPark, the Minnesota Land Trust, Camp Winona, and Camp Olson YMCA. She has volunteered for many activities of the Winona County Historical Society and she has been a director for the Winona Community Foundation, Winona County Historical Society and the Winona Family YMCA.

Dr. Shepard has had an impact on countless community members through his work as an Internal Medicine physician at Winona Health. His contributions to education include eight years on the ISD 861 School Board and co-founding the Friends of Education, a group instrumental in passing an operating levy for the students of ISD 861. As a leader in the local Trout Unlimited chapter, he helped improve stream habitat in Pickwick Valley. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Winona Family YMCA and the Minnesota affiliate of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Shepard’s work at Winona Health extends beyond excellent patient care to potentially have an impact on national healthcare issues. “Dr. Shepard provides feedback to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to offer insight on physician workflow and patient care with the intent to help them make their mandates meaningful to patients and healthcare providers,” said Robin Hoeg, RN, MSHA, NHA, Winona Health administrator for Inpatient and Senior Services. “Dr. Shepard and Judy are very deserving of the Community Service Tribute.”

When they heard they were selected for the honor, Dr. Shepard said, “We feel so fortunate that when we were deciding where I should begin my medical career, we discovered Winona. We were looking for a place where we could get involved, be part of a community and raise a family, and Winona has been a wonderful choice.”

Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company generously gave $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in the Shepards’ honor. 

This is the 27th consecutive year that the Miller Family has sponsored the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund. In 2014, 612 people received $925,091 in financial assistance from the Ben and Adith Miller Patient Care fund. 

Those who would like to make a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in honor of the Shepards may direct their gift to the Winona Health Foundation by mail: 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987, or online: The Shepards have requested that any gifts be designated to the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

Questions about the Foundation may be directed to Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement, 507.457.4116, or learn more here.


Welcome Kathy J. Wade, chief human resources officer

Kathy J. Wade

Kathy J. Wade

Kathy J. Wade, SPHR, has joined Winona Health as chief human resources officer.

“I chose Winona Health because I’m excited about where the organization is headed,” said Wade. “I enjoy the healthcare environment, and I’m looking forward to helping Winona Health make a difference in the community.”

As Winona Health’s chief human resources officer Wade’s responsibilities include all aspects of human resources management, compliance and risk management, labor relations and administration, organizational development and benefit administration.

“The best part of my work is the people,” said Wade. “I enjoy working with people, getting to know them and watching them be successful—a big part of my role is to make a difference in the lives of our employees.”

Wade most recently served as Director of Human Resources, Volunteer Services and Spiritual Care at Maple Grove Hospital in Maple Grove, Minn. She has nearly 30 years of experience in Human Resources, including serving as vice president of Corporate Compliance, Human Resources and HIPAA Privacy at healthcare organizations in Indiana. In addition to her full-time Human Resources roles, Wade also taught at the College of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Wade graduated from Bemidji State University and is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resource Management and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Wade’s hometown is Willmar, Minn., and she said she is excited to be back closer to friends and family. In addition to relatives in Wilmer and in the Onalaska/West Salem, Wis. area, she also has two grown children in the Minneapolis area and her first grandchild is expected in June.

For more information about Winona Health, including local career opportunities, click here.

Free Health Talk: Guidelines for the Girls

Winona Health invites women to a free Health Talk: Answers – Guidelines for the Girls, Thursday, April 16, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The presentation will be at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn. in the B. A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor.

Every day, Winona Health bears witness to the threat that breast cancer holds for women. Prevention means taking action, and Winona Health is ready to train a few good women (and men) in tactics to win the battle against breast cancer.

Presented by William Krueger, DO, a Winona Health radiologist, and Claudine Van Meeteren, Winona Health director of Imaging Services, Guidelines for the Girls, will provide the most up-to-date information regarding breast health, breast cancer prevention and the benefits of screening and early detection.

“Aside from lifestyle changes, the most important action a woman can take is to follow early detection guidelines – early detection is our greatest hope,” explains Van Meeteren. “Our goal is to provide helpful information to help individuals take charge of their health.”

This Health Talk is free. Please RSVP by Tuesday, April 14. To RSVP, call 507.457.4161 or RSVP online.


Answers – Guidelines for the Girls is part of Winona Health’s new Spirit of Women program. The Spirit of Women program offers health tips and information to improve the lives of women and their families through regular communication and health-u-tainment events. Sign up for Winona Health’s Spirit of Women program — it’s free! You’ll receive free or discounted admission to Spirit of Women events, a monthly Spirit of Women email with helpful health information, a subscription to Spirit of Women magazine and a free welcome gift.  Click here to sign up.

Free smoking cessation program begins April 9


It’s always the perfect time to quit smoking and improve your odds for a longer, healthier life. An added bonus: you’ll enjoy the smell of the spring flowers even more. Winona Health’s next smoking cessation program is FREE and it begins Thursday, April 9.

This free program includes four sessions meeting Thursday evenings 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue.

“When individuals quit smoking, they decrease their risk for heart attack, stroke and cancer,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator. “We know that it’s not easy, but there is no doubt that it’s worth it! We’re here to help.”

Winona Health’s smoking cessation program will:

  • help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking
  • cover the variety of benefits to quitting
  • provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms
  • share tips and techniques for dealing with temptation
  • provide a supportive atmosphere for you to ask questions and get helpful information

This four-session program is free. RSVP is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program will be welcome as space permits. For more information or to sign up in advance, call Lynn Sprain at 507.474.3324.