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.

 

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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 mfidler@winonahealth.org.

 

 

 

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 mfidler@winonahealth.org.

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 winonahealth.org 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.

 

 

 

Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients announced

The 2014-2015 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship committee has awarded $20,600 in scholarships to 13 students, all of whom have been accepted into an accredited healthcare program.

Six hundred of the dollars awarded were funds from the Mary Murphy Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Mary Kelley Murphy, a Winona Health Auxiliary volunteer and past Auxiliary President who was active in the community.

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 $560,000 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 2014-2015 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients:

Angela Bambenek, Winona State University, Minn.

Nicole Beyer, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.

Audrey Brown, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.

Katherine Edstrom, Des Moines Univeristy, Iowa

Halle Haedtke, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Krista Hoeg, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.

Megan Lehnertz, Winona State University, Minn.

Lisa McCabe-Evans, Winona State University, Rochester, Minn. 

Kelsi Ann Mueller, Rochester Community and Technical College, Minn.

Jennifer Ready, Western Technical College, La Crosse, Wis.

Anna Suhr, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

Cameron Weess, Midwestern Univeristy, Downers Grove, Ill.

Kelli Wheeler, Winona State University, 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; Nancy Enochs, Winona Health Auxiliary past president; Jessica Muras, RN, Winona Health Lake Winona Manor; Sheryl Miller, Winona Health Auxiliary president; Maureen Gerson, Winona State University Nursing Department; and Marie Fidler, Winona Health Foundation/Volunteer Services.

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

 

 

 

Dee Cipov named 2013 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipient

Hugh Miller with Dee Cipov. Cipov received the Winona Health Foundation 2013 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a banquet held in her honor on April 29.

Hugh Miller with Dee Cipov. Cipov received the Winona Health Foundation 2013 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a banquet held in her honor on April 29.

Dee Cipov received the 2013 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute Award at a dinner held in her honor on Tuesday, April 29. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to the person, persons or group whose generosity has led to the betterment of the Winona area.

Cipov was nominated by Kathy Benke, Fran Edstrom and Cherie Harkenreider, who wrote that Cipov not only volunteered her time, but also put her considerable talents to work initiating new volunteer and fundraising efforts.

According to her nomination, Cipov has generously given of her time and talents to benefit not only Winona Health but also the Winona community. Cipov volunteers through a number of non-profit organizations including: Colors of Cancer Fitness Festival, the Winona Health Auxiliary, the Winona History Center, Trinona, the Frozen River Film Festival, the YMCA, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Habitat for Humanity, the Mid West Music Fest and Theatre du Mississippi.

Cipov is known for her great attitude, her dedication to her community and her exceptional hard work. She is a positive and motivated leader whose contributions have benefitted many organizations and made a significant positive impact on Winona. 

Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company generously gave $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in Cipov’s honor.

This is the 26th consecutive year that the Miller Family has sponsored the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund. In 2013, 694 people received $701,002 in financial assistance from the Ben and Adith Miller Patient Care fund.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation or for information about how you can help people in our community through the Patient Care Fund, call Betsy Midthun, 507.457.4116, vice president of Community Engagement, or visit winonahealth.org/foundation.

 

 

Auxiliary’s Mother’s Day Springtime Tea Menu Announced

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s Mother’s Day Springtime Tea committee, pictured back row l to r:  Kathy Shustrom, Jane Palmer, Julieanne Schwemer, Ruth Dalleska, Bonnie Kelly, Bernadette Thicke. Seated l to r: Co-chairs: Carol Partington and Irene Mulyck.

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s Mother’s Day Springtime Tea committee, pictured back row l to r: Kathy Shustrom, Jane Palmer, Julieanne Schwemer, Ruth Dalleska, Bonnie Kelly, Bernadette Thicke. Seated l to r: Co-chairs: Carol Partington and Irene Mulyck.

The Mother’s Day Springtime Tea, formerly the Victorian Tea sponsored by the Winona Health Auxiliary, will be Saturday, May 10 at the Elks Lodge, 4540 N. Service Drive. This year there will be one seating at 11:30 am.

“Each year, little girls dress up in their Sunday best – becoming little princesses for the day and attend the Tea with their mothers and grandmothers,” said Carol Partington and Irene Mulyck, Springtime Tea co-chairs. “A special menu is prepared for the children, including Heart-shaped Ham Sandwich, Teapot Shaped Cheese, Hawaiian Tea Bread and other delectable delights.”

There also will be an adult menu which includes lemon curd tarts, chicken almond salad ribbon sandwich, cucumber fantasy and assorted sweet and savory items.

Tickets for the Springtime Tea are $15 each and are available in the Glady Miller Gift Shop in the hospital lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue. So get your tickets before they are sold out. Bring your little Princess for a wonderful afternoon of dress up and great food. Door prizes will be drawn.

If you have questions about the Tea, please call 507.474.3328.

Proceeds from this event will go toward healthcare scholarships and projects to enhance the healing environment for Winona Health’s Behavioral Health Department.

Adult Menu

Chicken Almond Ribbon Sandwich

Ham & Cheese Roll-ups

Pumpkin and Cranberry Orange Breads

Lemon Curd Tartlet

Cucumber Fantasy

Brownie Bites

Red Rose Tea

Pink Lemonade

 

Children’s Menu

Heart-Shaped Ham Sandwich

Jello Jigglers

Brownie Bites

Peanut Butter Jelly Ribbon Sandwich

Penguins

Teapot-Shaped Cheese

Hawaiian Tea Bread

Delightful Goodies

Pink Lemonade

Red Rose Tea

 

 

 

Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship awarded to Jody Doebbert, RN

Dean McClenathan with Jody Doebbert, RN, 2014 recipient of the Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Dean McClenathan with Jody Doebbert, RN, 2014 recipient of the Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

The Winona Health Foundation Scholarship Committee selected Jody Doebbert, RN, to receive the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Doebbert attends Walden University online and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She currently is a registered nurse in the Winona Health Emergency Department, where she has cared for patients for the past ten years.

Dean McClenathan established this scholarship after his wife, Phyllis, a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center, passed away after a long fight with cancer. In establishing this scholarship, McClenathan wanted to honor his wife 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.