Winona Health Kairos Alive! Kick-off week community events

Award-winning arts program transforms lives. Learn more during the Kairos Alive! kick-off week.

Kairos Alive! is an Award-winning, intergenerational community program that integrates the arts to improve overall wellness. Winona Health invites all organizations, businesses, families and community members to join in any or all of the community events during the Kairos Alive! kick off week, beginning Monday, September 22.

Several Winona Health staff will go through training to learn how to incorporate the Kairos Alive! principles into everyday life for our residents and to be able to share the program in our community. In addition, Winona Health is offering three free events open to all community members, businesses and organizations.

Kick-off event: Monday, September 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Winona Health, B.A. Miller Auditorium, hospital third floor
855 Mankato Ave. Winona, Minn.
Presented by Kairos Alive! founder and director, Maria Genne’.
Come and learn about Kairos Alive!’s approach to improving wellness through community engagement and the use of intergenerational arts and movement, and Winona Health’s work to bring this award winning program to our community. If you have an interest in wellness, healthcare, or the arts this program is for you. Community members, organizations, interested parties of all ages are welcome.

• Celebrating the Arts and Wellness: Tuesday, September 23, Time and location to be announced. Bring your artistic flare and learn about how the arts can impact the health of communities and individuals. Kairos Alive!, an award-winning dance and theater company, will share how we can use the arts to promote individual and community wellness and how artists can use their skills in partnership with healthcare to serve our community. This event is perfect for artists, art groups, art lovers, and theater/dance/art educators and students.

Dance Hall with music provided by Winona State Jazz Combo
Thursday, September 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m. The Great Hall, Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha St., Winona, Minn. Come and celebrate our community collaboration with Kairos Alive! led by Winona Health. This is when our community can come together to enjoy live music and each other’s company. Participate as much or as little as you like as we use movement to help each of us and our community be well. Whether you used to like to dance, still like to dance, or just wish to observe and enjoy the music, you’ll be glad you came. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. This program is for everyone and anyone who wants to listen to music and socialize.

“Initially, the concept of integrating the arts into wellness may seem a bit difficult to grasp,” said Emilie Volkman, MSW, MA, LISW, CAPSW, a master social worker with Winona Health. “After attending any of the Kairos Alive! programs and learning more about how the program is carried out on an ongoing basis, we think community members will be as excited about the program’s long-term potential as we are. Almost everyone has someone in his or her life whose quality of life will improve through the evidence-based principles introduced in the Kairos Alive! program.”

To learn more about Kairos Alive! events,call Emilie Volkman at Winona Health, 507.453.3770.

To learn how this program impacts lives, watch this video.


Auxiliary $5 Jewelry Sale fundraiser coming soon!

The Winona Health Auxiliary will again host the very popular Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday and Thursday, September 3 and 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Ave.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of quality jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, watches and scarves —and everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. The sale will provide a great opportunity to purchase gifts for your friends and family.

All proceeds will go toward scholarships for healthcare education and to enhance the healing environment in Winona Health’s Behavioral Health Department. For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.





Free exhibition by pro golfer Jim Gallagher, Jr., at Miller Golf Classic

Jim Gallagher, Jr., will be at this year’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic at Cedar Valley Golf Course on Monday, August 11, with a free exhibition open to the public at 10 a.m. The event benefits local individuals and families through the Winona Health Foundation Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

Jim Gallagher, Jr., will be at the Ben & Adith Miller Classic,  Monday, August 11, with a free exhibition open to the public at 10 a.m.

The Winona Health Foundation is inviting the community to a free exhibition by golf pro Jim Gallagher, Jr., sponsored by Miller Ingenuity, during this year’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic. The public exhibition will be at 10 a.m., Monday, August 11, at Cedar Valley Golf Course on County Road 9.

Previously scheduled pro-golfers Mark and Tyler McCumber are now unable to participate due to unforeseen circumstances. The golf pro duo is being replaced by Jim Gallagher, Jr., a professional golfer and sportscaster.

Gallagher has been golfing since he was six years old under the direction of his father, a career club pro. After attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Gallagher turned pro in 1983 and joined the PGA Tour in 1984.

Gallagher has won five events on the PGA Tour. His first win came in 1990 at the Greater Milwaukee Open. In 1993, he won twice: the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic and The Tour Championship. He repeated his two-win performance in 1995 by winning the KMart Greater Greensboro Open and the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Gallagher’s best finishes in a major championship were a 3rd place finish at the 1991 PGA Championship, and a T-2 at the same tournament the following year. He was a member of the victorious 1993 Ryder Cup team and the 1994 Presidents Cup team.

Gallagher also is a golf analyst for USA Network. He comes from a golfing family: his father is recognized in the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame. Gallagher’s wife, Cissye, is a former LPGA Tour player and his sister Jackie and brother Jeff are both touring professionals. The Gallagher’s have four children, two of whom are also professional golfers. Mary plays on the college golf team at Mississippi State University and Kathleen is one of the highest ranked junior players in the US and was recently awarded a full scholarship to Louisiana State University to play golf.

The free golf exhibition begins at 10 a.m. after the youth tournament concludes.

The Ben & Adith Miller Classic is a Winona Health Foundation event benefiting the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund. The Patient Care Fund assists area families pay for medical care received at Winona Health.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, click here or call 507.457.4394.










Books are Fun fundraiser, Wednesday and Thursday, August 6 – 7

Winona Health Auxiliary will host a new book fair through Books Are Fun, Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona.

The sale features a wide variety of high quality new books and gifts that inform, enrich, entertain and inspire people of all ages. The Books Are Fun selection includes New York Times bestsellers; children’s storybooks, classics and educational books; stationery and gift items; and general interest books such as cooking, sports, gardening, reference and multicultural titles. This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on fun and educational gifts at reasonable prices.

All proceeds from the event will go towards Auxiliary projects to benefit patients and their families at Winona Health in addition to providing scholarships to students pursuing a career in healthcare.

For more information, please contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.


Winona Elks Club gives to children at Winona Health

Winona Elks Club delivers stuffed animals to Winona Health

Winona Elks Club members deliver stuffed animals to Emergency Department at Winona Health

The Winona Elks Club donated colorful stuffed elks for Winona Health Emergency Department staff to give to their young patients.

Stuffed animals are a comfort and a distraction to children who may be hurt and afraid while receiving medical care. According to Dick Ledebuhr, Elks Club south district president/PER, and Jerry Wineski, Elks Club treasurer/PER, who delivered 120 of the stuffed animals, if a stuffed elk will make a child feel a little more comfortable, then the Elks Club members have achieved their goal.

For information about the Winona Health Foundation, click here, or call 507.457.4394.




Photo: Winona Elks Club members delivered stuffed elks for Emergency Department staff to give to young patients. Pictured (l to r): Britton Ercanbrack, DO, Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care; Karen Dworschack, housekeeping aide; Kim Pflughoeft, Emergency Department technician; Dick Ledebuhr, Elks south district president/PER; Laura Stussy, RN, Emergency Department; Marilou Dienger, RN, Emergency Department; Sheryl Klug, RN, Emergency Department; Jerry Wineski, Elks treasurer/PER; and Betsy Midthun, VP of Community Engagement at Winona Health.


Free program: Healthcare Directives

Mark your calendar: Learn how to make your wishes known 

The Winona Health Auxiliary offers a free Healthcare Directive program to help individuals document their wishes regarding healthcare services so their families will be informed if necessary. 

The next free program about Healthcare Directives will be Monday, July 21, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Winona Health Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor, 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. All individuals age 18 and older are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive. 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 at the same time in the same location, Monday, August 4. This is an opportunity for individuals who have attended the informational session to get 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.

Auxiliary volunteers are also available to give group presentations in the community about making their wishes known through a Healthcare Directive. If you have questions about the program, please call 507.474.3328.


HealingScapes: Vote for your favorite photos

The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to vote on this year’s HealingScapes™ photo competition entries beginning Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 25.

Photos are on display at Winona Health in hallway connecting the hospital and clinic. Photos can be viewed and voted on Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. from July 7 through July 25.

Entries will be judged on technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Winning entries will be determined by the popular vote of the community, photographers, Winona Health staff and a panel of judges. Winning entries will be enlarged and made into canvas prints. The canvas prints will be placed in the Winona Health Women’s Health Center and will include information about the photographer and location of the photograph.


Winning photos will be unveiled at a special event for photographers, their guests and the community on Thursday, August 21 at Winona Health. Photos will be available for purchase thereafter in the Winona Health Glady D. Miller Gift Shop.

For more information about HealingScapes, call the Winona Health Community Engagement Department at 507.457.4394 or email




Golf Classic to benefit Patient Care Fund is Monday, August 11

Golf Pros: Mark McCumber and Tyler McCumber

Golf Pros: Mark McCumber and Tyler McCumber

The Ben & Adith Miller Classic, Winona Health Foundation’s premier fundraising event benefiting the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, will be Monday, August 11, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.

In addition to the 18-hole Main Event, the full day of activities includes a free public golf exhibition, a 9-hole Youth Tournament for golfers ages 11 to 18 in the morning, and the Green Monster Challenge, a 9-hole scramble during the afternoon.

Golf pros

This year’s event features golf pros Mark and Tyler McCumber sponsored by Miller Ingenuity. Mark McCumber has had ten PGA TOUR victories. He also won the 1988 World Cup in Australia representing the

Youth Tournament

The Youth Tournament begins at 7 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast. The Youth Tournament, open to youth ages 11 through 18, features a four-person scramble with prizes. Registration is $10 per person. Young golfers can register in teams or as individuals and be assigned to a foursome.

Green Monster Challenge

The Green Monster Challenge begins at 12:15 with registration and a light lunch at Cedar Valley Restaurant. After lunch, participants will head out on carts for a 1:30 shotgun start on Cedar Valley’s Green Monster course. The format is a four-person scramble with hole prizes and competition prizes. Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch, refreshments on the course, a participation gift and a photo of your foursome. Hole sponsorships are available for $500 and include registration for four.

18-hole Main Event

The Main Event begins at 11 a.m. with registration and an outdoor grilled lunch. The shotgun start is at noon, and the format is a four-person scramble. There will be hole prizes and competition prizes, followed by a reception and exhibition by Mark and Tyler McCumber and an awards banquet at Cedar Valley Restaurant. Participation in the Main Event is through a hole sponsorship only, which is $2,500 and includes the above, plus refreshments on the course, participation gift and photo with the McCumbers.

Registration for the Youth Tournament and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Thursday, July 31. Both the Youth Tournament and the Green Monster Challenge are presented by Merchants Bank. Space for all events is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

In 2013 the event raised a record $195,000 for the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund to help individuals and families pay for medical expenses.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, click here or contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4394 or

Auxiliary gift adds comfort for patients and visitors

2013 Auxiliary Gift to Winona Health

Sheryl Miller, Winona Health Auxiliary President, demonstrates the comfort of one of the new sleeper chairs for the Inpatient Unit. (l-r): Miller; Robin Hoeg RN, MS, Service Line Leader of Inpatient Services; Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, Director of Inpatient Services; and Nancy Enochs, Auxiliary Past President.

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s 2013 gift was used to purchase new furniture for patient rooms to enhance the healing environment at Winona Health. Through various fundraisers including the $5 Jewelry Sale, Fantasy of Trees, Holiday Happiness, The Big Fall Ball and others, the Auxiliary raised more than $41,000.

The new furniture was recently delivered and arranged in patient rooms.

“Sleeper chairs in patient rooms allow family members to spend time with their loved ones more comfortably,” said Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, director of Inpatient Services. “Having these specially designed chairs will allow someone to get a nap or a good night’s rest if they want to be here with their family member.”

Through the generosity of the Auxiliary and everyone who supported Auxiliary fundraising events, Winona Health was able to purchase: 5 sleeper couches for the Family Birth Center; 6 sleeper chairs and 56 visitor chairs for the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric Unit; 9 visitor chairs for the Intensive Care Unit; and updates to both the Family Birth Center family lounge and the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric family lounge.

For more information about the Winona Health Auxiliary or volunteer opportunities at Winona Health, visit or call 507.474.3328.



Scholarships for graduating high school seniors announced

Through the generosity of anonymous donors, Winona Health is able to offer 12, $1,000 scholarships to qualified high school graduates who will be seeking a career in a healthcare-related field.

“This unique scholarship program was established to provide graduating high school seniors with financial assistance to pursue a health-related career,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement. “The fortunate recipients were chosen by a scholarship committee based on a review of their pursuit of a healthcare career, history of academic excellence and a dedication to community service.”

Midthun also noted that the scholarship recipients must be enrolled in a program of study that prepares them for a career in healthcare at an accredited academic institution. The recipients will be eligible to have their scholarship renewed up to three additional years if specific criteria are met.

The recipients are from five area high schools and will be pursuing a variety of healthcare careers at regional colleges and universities.

Ross Ruehmann, a Cochrane-Fountain City graduate, will attend Luther College, Decorah Iowa, to pursue a doctorate in the healthcare field.

Evan Skroch, a Cochrane-Fountain City graduate, will attend the University of Minnesota-Rochester, Rochester, MN, to pursue a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Chelsea Clark, a Cochrane-Fountain City graduate will attend the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Jennifer Hadaway, a Cotter graduate, will attend Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, to pursue a degree in Pediatrician/Physician Assistant.

Nicole Haedtke, a Hope Lutheran graduate, will attend Winona State University, Winona, Minn., to pursue a degree in Nursing.

Austin O’Hare, a Rushford-Peterson graduate, will attend St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minn., to pursue a degree in Biology/Physician Assistant.

Mariah Olson, a Rushford-Peterson graduate, will attend Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn., pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Autumn Beckman, a Winona Senior High graduate, will attend University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, to pursue a degree in Biology/Pre-Med.

Bailei Hughes a Winona Senior High graduate, will attend the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wis., to pursue a degree in Biology/Physician Assistant.

Susan Miller a Winona Senior High graduate, will attend the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Wis., to pursue a degree in Pre-Med.

Vincent Pham a Winona Senior High graduate, will attend Winona State University, Winona, Minn., to pursue a degree in Nursing.

Audrey Scharmer a Winona Senior High graduate, will attend Concordia – University of Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis., to pursue a degree in Bio/Pre-Med.