$5 Jewelry Sale!

Winona Health Auxiliary hosting $5 Jewelry Sale

The Winona Health Auxiliary will again be hosting the very popular Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday and Thursday, September 9 and 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the HOSPITAL LOBBY at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

Attention shoppers! Park in the hospital parking lot and enter the main entrance of the hospital where the sale will be located.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, leggings, scarves, watches and much more. Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related scholarships and enhancing the rehabilitation rooms in Winona Health’s Lake Winona Manor. For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.

 

Four-year-old pays it forward

Generosity starts early: Four-year-old gives to other children at Winona Health

L to R: Winona Health Emergency Department nurses Marilou Dienger and Laura Cummings and technician Tina Wenzel with Adalyn, age 4.

Winona Health Emergency Department nurses Marilou Dienger and Laura Cummings and technician Tina Wenzel with Adalyn, age 4.

After a trip to Winona Health’s Emergency Department while away from home visiting her grandma, Adalyn, age four, was so delighted to receive a stuffed animal that she told her grandma she wanted to give stuffed animals to help other kids feel better.

“It’s so sweet to realize that someone so young is already thinking about paying it forward,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “Our community is fortunate to have so many generous people who are obviously instilling this value in their children and grandchildren.”

Emergency Department staff appreciate the donation of new stuffed animals as having a nice surprise for a child helps to distract them from the reason for their visit.

Gifts to Winona Health are accepted through the Winona Health Foundation. For information about the Foundation, visit winonahealthfoundation.org or call 507.457.4394.

 

 

Scholarships assist high school graduates pursuing healthcare careers

Through the generosity of anonymous donors, Winona Health offers several $1,000 scholarships, renewable up to three additional years, to qualified high school graduates who are seeking a healthcare-related career.

“This year, the scholarship committee chose thirteen students based on a review of their healthcare career goals, academic excellence and community service experience,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement.

Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in a course of study at an accredited academic institution that prepares them for healthcare career. Recipients are eligible to have their scholarship renewed up to three additional years if specific criteria are met.

The recipients and career pursuits are:

Cochrane-Fountain City High School

  • Andy Alleman, Saint Mary’s University, Physical Therapy
  • Jill Hiebert, University of Minnesota – Mankato, Nursing
  • Carley Hilt, Edgewood College, Child Life
  • Tylor Jilk, Stanford University, Pre-medicine

Cotter High School

  • Jennifer Beranek, Creighton University, Anesthesiology
  • Calli Marg, St. Catherine’s University, Occupational Therapy
  • Bryanna Meier, Winona State University, Nursing
  • Alex Strelow, Winona State University, Nursing

Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School

  • Megan Hoppe, Winona State University, Nursing
  • Julia Oanes, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Nursing

Winona Senior High School

  • Kaytee Johns, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Psychology
  • Michael Lubahn, Clarke University, Physical Therapy
  • Elaina Smith, Winona State University, Psychology

Click here for photos.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation and scholarship opportunities, click here or call 507.457.4116.

 

Pillow Cleaning Fundraiser

The Lake Winona Manor Resident Council is sponsoring its annual Pillow Cleaning Service Thursday, July 16; from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Proceeds from this fundraiser are used by the Lake Winona Manor Resident Council.

Kraft Pillow Services’ mobile unit will be at Lake Winona Manor to clean and renovate your pillows, including replacing the ticking, so they’ll look and feel like new again.

Drop off pillows at the lakeside entrance to Lake Winona Manor, 865 Mankato Avenue, on the Winona Health campus, between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, and your pillows will be renovated and back on your bed the same day.

Prices for cleaning and new ticking:

  • 200 thread count ticking: standard $12, queen $14, king $15.
  • 240 thread count ticking: standard $13, queen $16, king $17

All types of pillows can be cleaned including foam, Dacron and feather pillows. The service includes removing, disinfecting and deodorizing the pillow’s stuffing and placing it into new ticking. You also can have feather beds made into pillows.

For more information about the pillow cleaning service, contact Kraft Pillow Service at 712.378.2918.

Free Healthcare Directives program

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold an informational program about Healthcare Directives on Monday, July 20, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona

This program will provide information about the need for and benefits of having a Healthcare Directive. The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow individuals to retain control over their care, even after losing the ability to speak on their own behalf. Trained and certified Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers will facilitate this program with participants using authorized forms. The session will cover both Minnesota and Wisconsin Healthcare Directives.

A follow-up session will be held Monday, August 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health. This session is for individuals who have attended the Healthcare Directives Informational Session but have questions or would like assistance in completing their personal directive or to have a Healthcare Directives Facilitator review a completed directive.

These sessions are free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required. All adults age of 18 and older are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

Our trained Auxiliary volunteers are also available to give presentations about Health Care Directives to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328. 

Birthday Ball set for October 17!

The 2015 Birthday Ball committee is planning for the October 17 event, Black and White Ball: A Masquerade. From left to right are Pam Nelson, Alissa Gibson, Morgan Gish, Jen Gibson, Patrick Marek, Fran Edstrom, Deb Skarlupka, Courtney Dembiec, and Jen Hemker. Not pictured are Terry Lueck, Nicole Zastrow and Maggie Modjeski.

The 2015 Birthday Ball committee is planning for the October 17 event, Black and White Ball: A Masquerade. From left to right are Pam Nelson, Alissa Gibson, Morgan Gish, Jen Gibson, Patrick Marek, Fran Edstrom, Deb Skarlupka, Courtney Dembiec, and Jen Hemker. Not pictured are Terry Lueck, Nicole Zastrow and Maggie Modjeski.

Birthday Ball is back! The fifty-third Winona Health Auxiliary dinner and dance celebrating the birthday of the building of the community hospital in Winona is slated for October 17, 2015.

Chairs of the Ball, Alissa Gibson and Morgan Gish, are bringing back some formality and pizzazz to the event, this year called Black and White Ball: A Masquerade. 

The theme recalls the black and white masquerade ball hosted by author Truman Capote in 1966 for all his many friends, held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Guests at Capote’s ball attended dinner parties before the ball hosted by sixteen of his closest friends. The guest of honor was the owner of the Washington Post, Katherine Graham.

Winona’s Black and White Ball will be held at Visions Event Center in Pleasant Valley, and guests are invited to attend one of several pre-Ball parties in private homes. Black or white dress is strongly encouraged, in keeping with the theme, and for those who do not have their own masks, reasonably priced masks will be for sale at the event.

The proceeds from the Ball are earmarked for health care scholarships and for furnishing the patient rehabilitation rooms in the Transitional Care Unit at Lake Winona Manor. Transitional rooms are used by those who have been released from the hospital, perhaps after surgery, and must go through some physical therapy or other rehabilitation before being able to comfortably go home. These rooms have become an important aspect of Winona Health’s service to the community as assisted living and nursing home rooms are at a premium elsewhere.

According to Morgan Gish, “We wanted to bring back the experience of dressing up and having an evening of fun to celebrate the fact that for over 53 years, Winona’s hospital has been serving the community at the east end of Lake Winona.” Adds Alissa Gibson, “People in Winona have come to expect that they can contribute to Winona Health through attendance at the Birthday Ball, as well as have a great night of dining and dancing with friends and meeting new people.”

Working with Gish and Gibson, who is also designing the invitations, are Pam Nelson — pre-Ball party liaison; Jen Gibson — secretary and decorations; Terry Lueck — decorations; Courtney Dembiec, Jen Hemker and Maggie Modjeski — tickets and reservations; Nicole Zastrow — treasurer; Fran Edstrom and Patrick Marek — publicity; Deb Skarlupka – sponsorships.

Invitations go to those who have attended a recent Birthday Ball. Anyone who wishes to be on the Birthday Ball mailing list for 2015 may call 507.474.3328.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations Carol Hill Scholarship recipients

This year’s scholarships total $20,000

The 2015-2016 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship committee has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 18 students, all of whom have been accepted into an accredited healthcare program.

Carol Hill Scholarship funds are raised through Auxiliary events including the Birthday Ball, $5 Jewelry Sale, Mother’s Day Springtime Tea, Fantasy of Trees, Basket Raffle and Holiday Happiness, along with sales from the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop. Since the Auxiliary awarded its first nursing scholarship in 1962, more than $580,000 has been awarded to area students as they study to become caregivers.

The Winona Health Auxiliary is pleased to help these students as they begin their education in healthcare or as they work toward completing their healthcare program.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients:

Carly Anderson, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.
Thomas Bergman, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
Shawn Carlson, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.
Katherine Edstrom, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
Lauren Flanagan, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.
Halle Haedtke, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Krista Hoeg, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.
Heather Kimmerle, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.
Lisa McCabe-Evans, Winona State University, Rochester, Minn.
Mary McClanahan, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.
Emmaleigh Muehlberg, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.
Sheila Mueller, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.
Mariah Olson, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Emily Passint, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.
Jennifer Ready, Western Technical College, La Crosse, Wis.
Victoria Schultz, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
Cameron Weess, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Ill.
Jennifer Welch, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

The scholarship committee members are: Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, Winona Health director of Inpatient Services; Madonna Daley, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical Nursing Department; Jessica Muras, RN, Winona Health Lake Winona Manor; Linda Heath, Winona State University Nursing Department; and Kris Walters, Winona Health Volunteer Services.

Anyone wishing more information about the Winona Health Auxiliary or becoming a volunteer can contact the Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.

 

Free Healthcare Directives program

Learn how to make your wishes known

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold an informational program about Healthcare Directives on Monday, March 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow individuals to retain control over their care, even after losing the ability to speak on their own behalf. Trained and certified Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers facilitate this program using authorized forms. The session covers both Minnesota and Wisconsin Healthcare Directives.

A follow-up session for those who have questions or would like to compete or have their directive reviewed will be held Monday, June 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the same location.

These sessions are free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required. All adults age of 18 and older are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

Winona Health Auxiliary Healthcare Directive facilitators are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328. 

Wait ’til you see these gift baskets! Auxiliary’s Spring Basket Raffle May 4 – 8

Friday, May 8 could be a lucky day. That’s when the drawing takes place for the Winona Health Auxiliary’s Spring Basket Raffle.

A variety of themed baskets for every interest and age group will be raffled. Baskets will be on display in the Winona Clinic Outpatient Registration hallway and raffle tickets can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 4 through 7. On Friday, May 8, raffle tickets can be purchased from 8 to 11:30 a.m., with the drawing beginning at noon. Winners need not be present at the drawing.

 Raffle tickets are $1 each, and each ticket serves as one chance to win the basket of your choice.

The raffle raises funds for Winona Health Auxiliary projects, including healthcare scholarships and the Auxiliary’s special focus for 2015, enhancing the patient rehabilitation rooms in Lake Winona Manor. The rooms will be updated to better embody a calm and restful atmosphere, with enhancements like new furniture, window treatments, updated bathrooms and new light fixtures. Kim Schwab, Winona Health Auxiliary president, says, “The rooms will have a warm, peaceful and comforting feeling…that will help patients heal and recover as they transition back to living independently again.”

For more information about the basket raffle or about the Winona Health Auxiliary, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.

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.