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.

 

 

 

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.

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: winonahealth.org/foundation. 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.

 

Thank you to our healthcare providers – Healthcare Providers’ Day is March 30.

On March 30, communities across the nation will observe National Doctors’ Day. At Winona Health, we consider it National­­­­­ Providers’ Day to acknowledge the physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants on our medical staff.

More than 90 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners provide primary care services and expertise in 20 specialties at Winona Health. In addition, providers from area healthcare organizations offer outreach services in Winona.

We invite you, our patients and families, to help us make this day a special one for the healthcare provider who cared for you or a loved one.

To honor your special healthcare provider for their exceptional care and compassion, consider sending a donation in their honor to the Winona Health Foundation. Your thoughtful tribute will not only be appreciated by the provider but also will recognize their special expertise and care. Your recognition will be….

  • Sent to the physician, nurse practitioner of physician assistant. The gift amount will be confidential.
  • Listed on the Winona Health Foundation website under Winona Health Foundation – Provider Day Honorees.
  • Acknowledged in the next edition of the Winona Health Healthy Connections

Thank you for helping us acknowledge our remarkable medical staff! A meaningful tribute from a grateful patient is sure to make this a special day for a provider who has made a difference in your life.

If you’d like to share a message and/or make a contribution, please direct it to: Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, MN 55987. To make a gift online, click here.  If you have questions, please contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328.

Hospice volunteer training offered

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. To begin the process of becoming a Winona Health Hospice Volunteer, contact Winona Health Hospice at 507.457.4468.

Initial Training will begin on Tuesday, April 28 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. or Friday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the training room at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E Wabasha Street in Winona.

“We provide extensive training, covering everything from understanding the bereavement process to the various roles of hospice volunteers and nurses including how to support families,” said Sue Kronebusch, hospice volunteer coordinator. “Volunteers provide a wonderful service to individuals and families, and they often find their own lives enriched.”

The training includes an independent study section that volunteers have a month to complete. The final required volunteer orientation will take place on Tuesday, June 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. or Friday June 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Senior Living at Watkins.

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

Registration is open through Friday, April 17, 2015. Those interested can contact

Sue Kronebusch through email skronebusch@winonahealth.org or call the hospice office at 507.457.4468.

Winona Health Hospice serves communities within a 35-mile radius of Winona. To learn more about Winona Health Hospice Services, visit winonahealth.org or call 507.457.4468.