Holiday Happiness starts Nov. 5!

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Happiness will be November 5 through 8 on the Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital’s third floor will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring gifts, decorations, clothing, gourmet foods and bakery treats. HealingScapes™ canvas prints will also be available for purchase.

Holiday Happiness hours:

  • Wednesday, November 5: preview and opening 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 6: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, November 7: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 8: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Proceeds from Holiday Happiness go toward healthcare scholarships and enhancing the healing environment of the Winona Health Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit.

Holiday Happiness is a festive way to begin holiday shopping while supporting local healthcare.

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


Embracing the Cause: Birthday Ball set for October 11

The Winona Health Auxiliary is making changes to its annual fall gala. The Birthday Ball 2014 event, “Embracing the Cause,” is set for Saturday, October 11 at Visions Event Center. Instead of being a formal affair, participants are invited to come wearing what they wish—from casual to classy.

“This year’s event is called, ‘Embracing the Cause,’ to more closely reflect the event’s purpose,” said Bernadette Thicke, publicity chairperson for this Winona Health Auxiliary Event. “It will be a fun, festive event, but it also will be meaningful because the focus is really on how this event impacts our community. Our goal is to make it a welcoming event that appeals to adults of all ages.”

This year’s “cause” is enhancing the healing environment in the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit at Winona Health to benefit those in need of care related to mental health conditions and their families. Co-chairs of this year’s event are Bonnie Kelly and Julianne Schwemer.

Attendees will enjoy a delicious dinner and an evening dancing to the music of the Jimmies, named the “2012 Best Swing/Big Band Ensemble” by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and “2013 Artist of the year” by the Madison Area Music Awards. In addition, a brief program will give attendees unique insight into how their support of this event benefits their fellow community members.

The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Tickets are $75 per person. To order tickets, call Nicole Zastrow, Embracing the Cause RSVP chairperson, at 507.396.3165.

 For more information, click here.

HealingScapes winners announced. Thank you, photographers!

Women's Health HealingScapesHealingScapes™: Winona Health photo competition award winners announced. Canvas prints now available for purchase in the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health

Winning photos were unveiled and the photographers were recognized at the Winona Health Foundation’s HealingScapes community reception on August 27. View all winning photos.

HealingScapes began three years ago when artwork was needed to enhance the newly-converted, all-private patient rooms in the hospital. The competition then became an annual event designed to enhance the healing environment at Winona Health and provide a venue for area photo enthusiasts to share their talent and benefit local healthcare. This year’s winning photos will be displayed in Winona Health Women’s Health Center on the third floor of the clinic.

“We were thrilled with the caliber of photos again this year,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “There is a lot of talent in our community and, of course, there are many beautiful places to take photos. It’s always fun to see the entries, and patients and visitors enjoy the photo display during the voting process. We again wish to thank the photographers for generously sharing their talent.”

Entries were judged on technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit and winners were determined by the popular vote of the community, photographers, Winona Health staff and a panel of judges.

This year’s winning photographers and photos:

  • Scott Albright, “Beauty in the Eye of the Cardinal” – Overall Vote
  • Lisa Kramer, “Surreal” Employee Choice
  • Lana Boynton, “Sunset on Farm Fest” – Photographers’ Choice
  • Andrew Link, “Morning Fog” – Community Choice
  • Annette Calteaux, “Morning Dew” – Judges’ Selection
  • Cheryl Nash, “Beauty in Winona Health’s Backyard” – Employee Choice
  • Joshua Dulak, “Colors of Spring” – Overall Vote
  • Colleen Schueler, “Blizzard in May” – Community Choice
  • Joshua Dulak, “Steel Rails at Sundown” – Photographers’ Choice
  • Colleen Schueler, “Misty Morning” – Judges’ Selection
  • Lisa Gale, “Lake Winona” – Employee Choice
  • Kay Shaw, “Hummingbird at Honeysuckle” – Overall Vote
  • Kay Shaw, “Mississippi Sunset Near Homer” – Overall Vote
  • Judd Stanislawski, “Gilmore Valley Falls” – Community Choice
  • Judd Stanislawski, “This Old Dam” – Photographers’ Choice
  • Ben Steinquist, “Leafy Trio” – Judges’ Selection

The winning photos can be viewed online at Canvas prints of the winning photos are now available for purchase in the Winona Health Glady D. Miller Gift Shop. Proceeds from photo sales will go toward enhancing the healing environment in Winona Health’s Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation or the HealingScapes community photo competition, call the Winona Health Community Engagement Department at 507.457.4394.


Photo: Winning photos from the 2014 HealingScapes community photo competition will enhance the healing environment of the Winona Health Women’s Health Center on the third floor of the clinic. Here, several members of the Women’s Health Center team show off six of the winning entries. Staff members back: Katie Tamke, Patient Access Representative; Jeri Virock, LPN; Megan Lehnertz, RN; Tara Suffrins, CNP; Amanda Johnson, LPN; Melissa Richards, MD; Grace Rasmussen, RN; Front: Nikki Lance, LPN; Trisha Bellock, RN-Nurse Supervisor; Laurie Liab, Patient Care Assistant; Sarah Jackson, Patient Access Representative.




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 flair 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