Visitor limitations due to flu

Winona Health implements temporary visitor limitations due to influenza

Winona Health has implemented temporary visitor limitations to allow only visits from immediate family in the hospital, Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors and Senior Living at Watkins until further notice.

Family members who are coughing or showing other respiratory symptoms also are asked not to visit their relatives in the hospital or nursing home.

Patients and family members coming to clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are asked to wear a mask. Masks are available at all Winona Health locations.

In addition, Winona Health encourages individuals to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

More information about the flu is available here, and if you have additional questions, contact your primary healthcare provider.

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia. Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check current Urgent Care wait times, click here

Healthy New Year: Free Smoking Cessation Program

Improving your health is a gift to your friends and family. Winona Health’s next smoking cessation program is FREE and it begins Thursday, January 8.

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 becoming and remaining smoke free
  • 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.

 

 

 

Welcome Hans J. Serleth, MD!

New medical services available in Winona:
Plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon, Hans J. Serleth, MD, joins Winona Health

Serleth_small_RGBPlastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon, Hans J. Serleth, MD, (pronounced Ser-LETH) has joined the Winona Health medical staff, bringing a new area of specialty care to the region.

“Dr. Serleth is an experienced, highly skilled plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon whose expertise also includes general surgery,” said Sara Gabrick, administrator of Surgical and Specialty Care Services at Winona Health. “He brings a whole new scope of services to our area and he’ll also be able to increase access to general surgery procedures needed in Winona.”

Gabrick also noted that because of Dr. Serleth’s expertise, Winona Health’s cancer program, which is accredited by the national Commission on Cancer, now also includes breast reconstruction surgery.

Dr. Serleth is familiar with Winona because he attended Winona Senior High School when he was a sophomore, and he still has connections to the area. He said, “My best friend lives here, and I come every year to trout fish with him. He asked me if I ever thought of moving here. I decided to check out Winona Health, and liked what I found.”

Dr. Serleth said he chose Winona Health because, “I like that Winona Health is a community-owned, fiercely independent system that hasn’t been swallowed by the corporations. I like that decisions can be made on a smaller scale and on the level where they’ll be implemented—that’s better for patients and the community.”

Dr. Serleth has been a surgeon for more than 15 years. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, and completed his Internship and residency in General Surgery at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisc. Following that, he completed a one-year fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery in England with the Royal College of Surgeons. He then practiced for approximately 10 years before returning to the University of Minnesota for a three-year fellowship in Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Serleth and his wife have four school-aged children. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports such as rock and ice climbing.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Serleth, call the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Department at 507.457.7659.

Join us for the Trees of Light gathering

Trees of Light Celebration set for Wednesday, December 17

Community members who are honoring or remembering family and friends who hold a special place in their hearts during this holiday season are invited to the Trees of Light gathering on Wednesday, December 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

Attendees can enjoy music, refreshments, visit with friends, view the trees and take home the ornaments tagged with their honorees’ name.

“We are grateful for the generosity of so many people who choose to honor their friends and family members through the Trees of Light campaign which supports community healthcare,” said Betsy Midthun, VP of community engagement at Winona Health. “It’s a wonderful reminder of those who are important to us and those who will always be remembered.”

Those who gave are welcome to find their ornaments on the trees and take them home during the event on December 17 or anytime during clinic hours after December 17. The trees will remain on display through January 2.

Gifts to the Trees of Light campaign may be made online, by mail or in person at the Foundation office on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, 55987.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328 or online here.

 

Welcome Autumn Leigh Cole, CNP!

Cole_small_RGBAutumn Leigh Cole, CNP (certified nurse practitioner), has joined the Winona Health staff as a hospitalist nurse practitioner.

Hospitalist staff focus solely on caring for patients while they are hospitalized. They work closely with each patient’s primary physician along with care coordination teams including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and other specialty care staff.

Cole said she chose Winona Health because, “it is such a forward-moving organization—I wanted to be a part of that. I’ve been at other organizations and there is a much different feeling here. From the moment you walk in, there is an energy and people seem happy to be here.” 

Cole is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Winona State University in Winona, Minn. Cole’s experience includes a decade of healthcare experience including caring for pediatric patients in an Intensive Care setting, and providing hospital and palliative care to patients of all ages.

Winona Health hospitalists provide around-the-clock hospital care. In addition to Cole, Winona Health’s hospitalist team includes, Katrina Hammel, MD; Jake Thomas, MD; Joseph Kaiya, MD, Laura Dubis, PA-C; Amy Macal, CNP; Heidi Thompson-Stangler, CNP; and Debra Tidquist, CNP.  

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here or call 507.454.3650.

 

Welcome Joseph Kaiya, MD!

Joseph Kaiya, MD

Joseph Kaiya, MD

Board certified Internal Medicine physician, Joseph Kaiya, MD, has joined the Winona Health medical staff. Dr. Kaiya is a hospitalist.

Hospitalists are physicians who focus solely on caring for patients while they are hospitalized. They work closely with each patient’s primary physician along with care coordination teams including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and other specialty care staff.

Dr. Kaiya chose Winona Health because, “I went to school in Minnesota, and I have family here. I’m interested in being part of a community, and I was surprised that a city this size could have a healthcare organization like this. Working environment is important to me, and I like the sense of camaraderie at Winona Health.”

After earning his Medical Degree at The University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences in Nairobi, Kenya, he completed his Internal Medicine residency at Highland hospital, Alameda Health System in Oakland, Ca. He’s also done Master’s work in Public Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and is hoping to graduate next summer.

Dr. Kaiya recently moved back to Rochester where his family resides. He is familiar with Winona and is excited to be back in this area.

Winona Health hospitalists provide around-the-clock hospital care. In addition to Dr. Kaiya, the hospitalist team includes, Katrina Hammel, MD; Jake Thomas, MD; Laura Dubis, PA-C; Amy Macal, CNP; Heidi Thompson-Stangler, CNP; Autumn Cole, CNP; and Debra Tidquist, CNP.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here or call 507.454.3650.

 

Mayor issues proclamation of thanks regarding spiritual care

Winona Mayor Mark Peterson presents a proclamation to Winona Health CEO Rachelle Schultz.

Winona Mayor Mark Peterson presents a proclamation to Winona Health CEO Rachelle Schultz.

Winona Health Spiritual Care was celebrated at a luncheon on October 27, 2014, when Mayor Mark Peterson presented a Proclamation of Thanks to CEO Rochelle Schultz for Winona Health’s contribution to Spiritual Care.

This proclamation honors Winona Health for caring for the whole person, including body, mind, and spirit. The Proclamation also commends the Pastoral Care Chaplains who share in this mission by providing excellence in pastoral care through caring for the spiritual concerns of patients, residents, and the Winona area.

Other honorees at the luncheon included area Priests and Pastors who provide pastoral care volunteer service to patients at Winona Health through worship and on-call pastoral support. The Winona Health Pastoral Care Department includes: Chaplain Kathy Redig, Chaplain Carol Garman, Hospice Chaplain Tom Schoen, Intern Chaplain Ashley Walz, and Casual On-Call Chaplain Bill Flesch.

Pastors and Priests who commented on their inclusion in the pastoral care of patients and residents included Monsignor Richard Colletti, Pastor James Nelson, Pastor Kevin Froelich, Lay Worship Leader Kay Shaw, and Pastor Mark Dumke.

Generosity Inspires: Staff and volunteers give back

Staff and volunteers give nearly $50,000 to the Winona Health Foundation

 The Winona Health Foundation’s annual employee giving campaign, Generosity Inspires, wrapped up in October. Throughout the six-week campaign, staff and volunteers had opportunities to learn more about the Foundation and how it supports Winona Health’s mission: to improve the health and wellbeing of our family, friends and neighbors.

The 2014 Generosity Inspires campaign’s “funds of focus” were the Lake Winona Manor Bus Fund, Community Care Fund, Humanitarian Relief Fund, Employee Relief Fund and Healing Environment Fund. Staff and volunteers also could select a fund of their choice.

A quarter of the staff gave during the campaign along with 100 percent of the senior leadership staff.

“Generosity makes so much possible,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “We all understand the value of having a strong local healthcare organization, and our staff and volunteers’ generosity in giving back to support our mission is inspiring.”

The most popular fund among employees was the Area of Greatest Need, which received $17,616. This fund is used for individuals in dire need of assistance or for projects that impact and benefit Winona Health patients, residents, staff and the community.

The second most popular fund was the lake Winona Manor Bus Fund. While Lake Winona Manor currently has a vehicle to transport residents to outings and events in the community, its capacity is very limited and it is in need of replacement. This year’s campaign raised $10,945, which was added to $7,900 given during the 2013 campaign. The estimated cost of the new bus is $55,000—so there is still a way to go.

Through the generosity of staff, volunteers and board members, a total of $49,925 was raised during the 2014 Generosity Inspires campaign. To see the Generosity Inspires videos about the various funds of focus, go to winonahealth.org/generosityinspires. To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation, call 507.457.4304 or click here.

 

Harvest from our Hearths gathering helps families honor memories

Harvest from our hearts Sept 2014_0972  Black and WhiteWinona Area Hospice hosted “Harvest from Our Hearts” for family members and caregivers who have lost a loved one within the last 13 months. The event was held at Central Lutheran Church.

Family members and caregivers were welcomed by the harmonizing Wellspring Singers then enjoyed an evening meal and time for reflection of their loved with Winona Health Hospice Staff and Volunteers. The families were able to take home a harvested gourd that displayed their loved one’s name and /or a word that represented their loved one along with a book titled, “Grief Therapy” by Karen Latafiasz.

The event was made possible by the generosity of those who have given to the Hospice fund through the Winona Health Foundation. For more information about Hospice, call 507.457.4468.

 

 

Thank you, CFC Lady Pirates!

Cochrane Fountain City Lady Pirates volleyball team raised $1,286 for the Winona Health Foundation to support Mammography services in Winona Health’s Women’s Imaging Department.

Cochrane Fountain City Lady Pirates volleyball team raised $1,286 for the Winona Health Foundation to support Mammography services in Winona Health’s Women’s Imaging Department.

Cochrane Fountain City volleyball team raises awareness and funds to support Winona Health mammography services

The Cochrane Fountain City Lady Pirates volleyball team raised $1,286 for the Winona Health Foundation to support mammography services in Winona Health’s Women’s Imaging Department.

The CFC volleyball team had a “Dig Pink” night and promoted breast cancer awareness. Through a bake sale, t-shirt sales and other fundraising opportunities, the Lady Pirates raised more than $1,000 for the Winona Health Imaging Department.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm of the Cochrane Fountain City volleyball team in promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting local Mammography services,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health Vice President of Community Engagement. “High school athletes have a positive impact on our community in a variety of ways, and we are grateful to be recipients of their generosity.”

In addition to being a fundraising activity, Dig Pink events raise awareness of the importance of mammograms for breast cancer screening. Mammography services are provided in Winona Health’s Women’s Imaging Department, a comfortable and private suite within the Outpatient Diagnostic Center on the first floor of the clinic.

In addition to having the latest technology, 3D mammography, Winona Health’s Women’s Imaging team consistently receives high ratings for patient care. To schedule a mammography appointment at Winona Health, call: 507.457.4320.

To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation, call 507.457.4394

 

 

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