Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship awarded to Jody Doebbert, RN

Dean McClenathan with Jody Doebbert, RN, 2014 recipient of the Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Dean McClenathan with Jody Doebbert, RN, 2014 recipient of the Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

The Winona Health Foundation Scholarship Committee selected Jody Doebbert, RN, to receive the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Doebbert attends Walden University online and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She currently is a registered nurse in the Winona Health Emergency Department, where she has cared for patients for the past ten years.

Dean McClenathan established this scholarship after his wife, Phyllis, a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center, passed away after a long fight with cancer. In establishing this scholarship, McClenathan wanted to honor his wife 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.




Winona Health Celebrates Women Free Women’s Health Fair at Winona Health

Melissa Richards, MD; Suzanne Cooley, CMN; Holly Fratzke, CNP; Troy Shelton, MD; Ann F. Olson, CNP; Scott Birdsall, MD; and Tara Suffrins, CNP.

Melissa Richards, MD; Suzanne Cooley, CMN; Holly Fratzke, CNP; Troy Shelton, MD; Ann F. Olson, CNP; Scott Birdsall, MD; and Tara Suffrins, CNP.

Winona Health invites women to a free health fair, Winona Health Celebrates Women, Thursday, May 15 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The health fair will be in the Women’s Health Center on the third floor of the clinic on the Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Ave.

The event is also an opportunity for women to get to know local healthcare providers who have a special expertise in women’s health through brief informational sessions and health-related booths.

Brief presentations by healthcare providers in the Center for Women’s Health include:

• Scott Birdsall, MD – Urinary Incontinence

• Melissa Richards, MD – Post Menopausal Bleeding

• Troy Shelton, MD – Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

• Suzanne Cooley, CNM – Heart Health

• Holly Fraztke, CNP – Pap Screening Recommendations

• Ann Olson, CNP – Bone Health

• Tara Suffrins, CNP – Birth Control

Informational booths include:

• Ask a Provider

• Cancer Care Services

• Cardiac Rehab

• Family Birth Center and Lactations Services

• Hand Massage – Winona Health Auxiliary

• Imaging Services

• My Winona Health

• Nutrition Education

• Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery Department

• Therapy Services/Massage

• Women’s Health

The event is free and includes light refreshments with recipe cards. No reservations required. Those who have questions about the event may call 507.457.4161.


Our Eye Care Center’s Spring Style Show and one-day sale is going the same day with savings of 30% on complete pairs of glasses. 

Winona Health receives state Excellence Award based on Baldrige criteria

Pictured 1 – r: Brian Lassiter, President, Performance Excellence Network; Rachelle Schultz, President/CEO, Winona Health; Ken Mogren, Board Chair, Winona Health; Jennifer Burmeister, Director, Southeast Minnesota, Performance Excellence Network.

Pictured 1 – r: Brian Lassiter, President, Performance Excellence Network; Rachelle Schultz, President/CEO, Winona Health; Ken Mogren, Board Chair, Winona Health; Jennifer Burmeister, Director, Southeast Minnesota, Performance Excellence Network.

The Performance Excellence Network (PEN), formerly the Minnesota Council for Quality, presented Winona Health with the 2013 Performance Excellence Award. The Award is based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Only two organizations in the state were recognized at this level: Winona Health and Cardinal of Minnesota.

An organization achieving the Excellence Award has undergone rigorous evaluation by independent, trained examiners focused on these areas: leadership, strategic planning, customer-focused processes, measurement systems, workforce engagement, and operations and recognizes organizations that are systematically improving results.

“This is the highest award for quality that a Minnesota organization can earn, and the Excellence Award is given out very sparingly,” said Ken Mogren, Winona Health board chair, in a memo to the Winona Health staff. “In fact, since the Performance Excellence Network was founded in 1987, the award had only been given nine times prior to this year. The board wants to express our sincere appreciation for your ongoing efforts to increase the value you bring to our community.”

The award was presented at PENworks 2014, April 14-15 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, Minn.

“If good is the enemy of great,” said Brian Lassiter, president of PEN, “then great is the enemy of excellent. These organizations all have one thing in common: they are not satisfied with good enough, and are continuously striving to improve outcomes for their customers, workforce, and other stakeholders.”

Rachelle Schultz, CEO of Winona Health, stated: “Excellence is never achieved by accident. We have been deliberate in our improvement efforts for more than 10 years, and are proud that the results of our efforts benefit our patients and the community. We also want to assure our community that the journey will continue. We’re not resting on this achievement.”

In addition to a presentation about Winona Health’s quality and performance excellence journey, the conference featured presentations by leaders from Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient organizations including: Larry Potterfield, CEO, MidwayUSA in Mo.; David Spong, president ret., Boeing Aerospace in Calif.; JoAnn Sternke, Superintendent, Pewaukee Public Schools in Wis.; Bryan Vaughn, president and Eric Franks, director, PRO-TEC in Ohio; Janet Wagner, CEO, Sutter Davis Hospital in Calif. and Rulon Stacey, former CEO, Poudre Valley Health System in Colo., now with Fairview Health Services in Minn.

The event also recognized the 2013 Board of Evaluators, a group of nearly 100 volunteers supporting PEN’s mission of advancing performance excellence in the region. Specially trained evaluators include CEOs, business managers and professionals, physicians and surgeons, school superintendents and school teachers from throughout the Upper Midwest.


About Performance Excellence Network (PEN)

The Performance Excellence Network was founded in 1987 by the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Rudy Perpich, and was spun off into a private 501(c)3 nonprofit two years later. PEN advances improvement and performance excellence within organizations, individuals and communities. It helps leaders identify strengths and improvement opportunities, and it builds networks that bring information, resources, knowledge and best practices to organizations desiring to improve. The network serves members and organizations in Minnesota and the Dakotas. For more information, go to

Educational Program by Mission 21: Human Trafficking

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Winona Health is hosting an educational program for community members to learn about the prevalence of Human Trafficking, Thursday, May 8 from 12 to 1 p.m. The program will be at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in the B. A. Miller Auditorium on the third floor of the hospital. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch or arrive in time to purchase lunch in the hospital’s Lakeside Café.

This program, led by Lia Culbert and Emily Walters from an organization called Mission 21, will give attendees an overview of what human trafficking is and what to do or say if you come into contact with someone you believe is a victim of human trafficking.

Mission 21 serves female and male children, up to the ages of 21, who are victims of domestic minor sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation. Mission 21 provides these victims with food, clothing and emergency medical services as well as on-going case management. This anti-trafficking service provider has been committed to the complete restoration of child victims of sex trafficking since 2010. More information about Mission 21 is available on the organizations website:

Local law enforcement will also be present to discuss what Winona County is doing to address these concerns.

The program is free but RSVP is required by Monday, May 5. To RSVP, call 507.457.4161 or online here.


Special Edition Breakfast with the Experts

Winona Health invites employers to a special edition Breakfast with the Experts: Preventing Sexual Violence in the Workplace Toolkit

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Winona Health invites area employers to RSVP for a special edition Breakfast with the Experts: Preventing Sexual Violence in the Workplace Toolkit, Wednesday, May 7, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

This special edition Breakfast with the Experts will explain how to create and implement policies that prevent sexual and domestic violence and provide employers with a toolkit to get started.

Helen Bagshaw, RN, a Winona Health nurse and a volunteer with the Winona County Primary Prevention Project; Lynn Theurer, Winona County Primary Prevention Project Secretary; and a panel of human resources and business experts will be the presenters.

The program will be in Winona Health’s B. A. Miller Auditorium, third floor of the hospital, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. The program is free; however, for planning purposes, reservations are required. A complimentary breakfast is included. RSVP by Friday, May 2. RSVP online here or by email:

Breakfast with the Experts is an educational program provided quarterly by Winona Health to help area employers stay current on trends and issues related to employee safety, health and wellness. To learn more about the occupational health services and wellness programs available to area businesses, call 507.474.3212.


Holiday Hours – April 2014

Winona Health will observe the following holiday hours the weekend of April 18 – 20.

Friday, April 18:

• Winona Health clinics open 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 19:

• Urgent Care open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 20:

• Urgent Care closed 

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona is always open. In an emergency, call 911.

For more information about Winona Health, visit or call 507.454.3650.


Auxiliary Mother’s Day Springtime Tea set for Saturday, May 10

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Tea will be Saturday, May 10. This year’s event will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, #327, 4540 N. Service Drive, Winona, Minn. Tickets are $15 at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby at 855 Mankato Ave.

The Mother’s Day Springtime Tea, formerly the Victorian 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 healing environment for Winona Health’s Behavioral Medicine Department.

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. Tickets are $15 at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby at 855 Mankato Ave. If questions, please call 507.474.3328.


Home Care receives honors for patient experience

Winona Health Home Care was named a 2013 HHCAHPS Honors recipient, an award recognizing home health agencies that provide the best patient experience.

Deyta, an organization that measures patients’ satisfaction with home health care services, recognizes the top 20 percent of agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction as measured from the patient’s point of view.

HHCAHPS Honors acknowledges the highest performing agencies ranked by analyzing satisfaction measures covering both performance and improvement of care over a twelve-month period. Winona Health Home Care was compared to more than 1,800 eligible home health agencies.

Winona Health Home Care serves individuals in Minnesota and Wisconsin within a 35 mile radius of Winona. For more information about services offered through Home Care, call 507.457.4468 or learn more online at


Join fellow book lovers for Authors Luncheon

Enjoy lunch with your fellow book lovers at the Winona Health Auxiliary’s Authors Luncheon, Monday, April 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Westfield Golf Course, 1460 W. 5th Street in Winona. This year’s luncheon features three Minnesota authors: Peter Geye, Nicole Helget and Chris Monroe. 

Peter GeyePeter Geye, “The Lighthouse Road” Fiction

Peter Geye has crafted another deeply moving tale of a misbegotten family shaped by the rough landscape in which they live. A young immigrant woman settles into life outside Duluth in the 1890s, still shocked at finding herself alone in a new country. Peter Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 




Nicole HelgetNicole Helget, “Stillwater” Historical Fiction

Stillwater becomes an important stop on the Underground Railroad. As Clement and Angel grow up and the country marches to war, their lives are changed by many battles for freedom and by losses in the struggle for independence, large and small. Nicole Helget grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota.







Chris MonroeChris Monroe, “Monkey with a Tool Belt” Children’s Literature

Whether you need a beebersaw or a chisel, Chico Bon Bon’s your monkey. He can build or fix just about anything-from a dock for the ducks to a clock for the Clucks. But will his tools and wit save him when an organ grinder sets his sights on making Chico a circus star? Chris Monroe was born and currently lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Tickets for the Authors Luncheon are $20 and are available in advance in the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health and at The Book Shelf, 162 W. 2nd Street, downtown Winona.

Book sales will be conducted by The Book Shelf, with a portion of the sales to benefit the fundraiser. This year, the community’s generous support of Auxiliary events will go toward healthcare scholarships and enhancing the healing environment in Winona Health’s Behavioral Medicine Department.

For more information, about the Authors Luncheon or about the Winona Health Auxiliary, please call Winona Health’s Community Engagement Department at 507.474.3328.



Hospice seeking volunteers, offering training

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. The training consists of attending one of the following training sessions:

  • Monday, April 28, 2014, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


  • Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Training sessions will be at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona.

In addition, participants will need to attend one of the following volunteer orientations sessions:

  • Monday, June 9, 2014, 4 – 6 p.m.


  • Friday, June 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

Orientation sessions will be at Winona Health, 855Mankato Ave. in the B.A. Miller Auditorium (hospital 3rd floor). 

“We provide extensive training, covering everything from the various roles of hospice volunteers and nurses, to how to support families and understanding the bereavement process,” said Sheila Skeels, LSW, with Winona Health Hospice. “Volunteers provide a wonderful service to individuals and families, and they often find their own lives enriched.”

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families by providing compassionate care and reducing suffering during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

To register, or for more information, contact Helen Kingsbury at or call the hospice office at 507.457.4468.  Registration is open through Monday, April 18, 2014.