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.




Auxiliary Mother’s Day Springtime Tea set for Saturday, May 10

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Tea will be Saturday, May 10. This year’s event will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, #327, 4540 N. Service Drive, Winona, Minn. Tickets are $15 at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby at 855 Mankato Ave.

The Mother’s Day Springtime Tea, formerly the Victorian 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 healing environment for Winona Health’s Behavioral Medicine Department.

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. Tickets are $15 at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby at 855 Mankato Ave. If questions, please call 507.474.3328.


Join fellow book lovers for Authors Luncheon

Enjoy lunch with your fellow book lovers at the Winona Health Auxiliary’s Authors Luncheon, Monday, April 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Westfield Golf Course, 1460 W. 5th Street in Winona. This year’s luncheon features three Minnesota authors: Peter Geye, Nicole Helget and Chris Monroe. 

Peter GeyePeter Geye, “The Lighthouse Road” Fiction

Peter Geye has crafted another deeply moving tale of a misbegotten family shaped by the rough landscape in which they live. A young immigrant woman settles into life outside Duluth in the 1890s, still shocked at finding herself alone in a new country. Peter Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 




Nicole HelgetNicole Helget, “Stillwater” Historical Fiction

Stillwater becomes an important stop on the Underground Railroad. As Clement and Angel grow up and the country marches to war, their lives are changed by many battles for freedom and by losses in the struggle for independence, large and small. Nicole Helget grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota.







Chris MonroeChris Monroe, “Monkey with a Tool Belt” Children’s Literature

Whether you need a beebersaw or a chisel, Chico Bon Bon’s your monkey. He can build or fix just about anything-from a dock for the ducks to a clock for the Clucks. But will his tools and wit save him when an organ grinder sets his sights on making Chico a circus star? Chris Monroe was born and currently lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Tickets for the Authors Luncheon are $20 and are available in advance in the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health and at The Book Shelf, 162 W. 2nd Street, downtown Winona.

Book sales will be conducted by The Book Shelf, with a portion of the sales to benefit the fundraiser. This year, the community’s generous support of Auxiliary events will go toward healthcare scholarships and enhancing the healing environment in Winona Health’s Behavioral Medicine Department.

For more information, about the Authors Luncheon or about the Winona Health Auxiliary, please call Winona Health’s Community Engagement Department at 507.474.3328.



Hospice seeking volunteers, offering training

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. The training consists of attending one of the following training sessions:

  • Monday, April 28, 2014, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


  • Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Training sessions will be at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona.

In addition, participants will need to attend one of the following volunteer orientations sessions:

  • Monday, June 9, 2014, 4 – 6 p.m.


  • Friday, June 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

Orientation sessions will be at Winona Health, 855Mankato Ave. in the B.A. Miller Auditorium (hospital 3rd floor). 

“We provide extensive training, covering everything from the various roles of hospice volunteers and nurses, to how to support families and understanding the bereavement process,” said Sheila Skeels, LSW, with Winona Health Hospice. “Volunteers provide a wonderful service to individuals and families, and they often find their own lives enriched.”

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

To register, or for more information, contact Helen Kingsbury at or call the hospice office at 507.457.4468.  Registration is open through Monday, April 18, 2014.


Quilters Guild generosity gives newborns a warm welcome

Quilt donation 1.26.14Many newborns at Winona Health receive an extra warm welcome thanks to the generosity of talented quilters. Members of the Winona Area Quilters Guild recently gave 17 hand-made baby blankets to the Winona Health Family Birth Center.

 “Our members have been donating quilts to the Family Birth Center for more than twenty years,” said Guild member Joey Hawkins. “We all love to quilt and we enjoy bringing them in for the babies at Winona Health.”

 “I love giving the quilts to the babies” said Diane Passehl, a nursing assistant in the Family Birth Center. “The look on a new parent’s face when they receive a quilt for their baby is just awesome.”

 All donations to Winona Health are made through the Winona Health Foundation. To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation, visit, or contact the Winona Health Community Engagement Department at 507. 474.3328.


Photo: Members of the Winona Health Family Birth Center staff receive a gift of hand-made quilts from the Winona Area Quilters Guild. Pictured: front row kneeling: Marie McCann, Second row L-R: Diane Passehl, Cindy Strobush, Nancy Schneider, Jodi Haag, Third Row L-R: Joey Hawkins (Winona Area Quilters Guild member), Bonnie Moen, Sam Ewing, Wendy Peck, Kris Cichon


Free Healthcare Directives program

Learn how to make your wishes known

The Winona Health Auxiliary will offer a free informational program about Healthcare Directives on Monday, March 17, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The 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, March 31, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room. This session is for individuals who have attended the Healthcare Directives Informational Session and 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 individuals 18 and older are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

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


Topsy Turvy Television Follies tickets available

Tickets are now on sale for the Winona Health Auxiliary’s “Topsy Turvy Television Follies 2,” a musical variety show to be presented February 27-28 and March 1-2 to raise funds toward the purchase of sleeper chairs for patient rooms to increase the comfort of Winona Health patients and their visitors.

Follies tickets are $12 each available at Midtown Foods, Hy-Vee, the Winona Health Glady D. Miller Gift Shop and at the door if tickets are still available. Performances will be in Cotter School’s Saint Cecilia’s Theatre, 1115 W. Broadway, Winona, Minn.

This entertaining fundraiser will feature local singers, dancers, sketches and live music from your favorite television shows from the last 40 years. This year’s show was locally written and is sure to provide many laughs as some of your most memorable and beloved television characters come to life. There are a few twists and turns as they interact with each other in a “topsy-turvy” sort of way.

The underwriters for the show are Merchants Bank, Miller Ingenuity and Kohner Materials/Modern Transport Terminal. The Follies gives the Winona community an opportunity to join together in supporting local healthcare.

Patron tickets are still available as well. For information on becoming a Patron or for more information about the Follies, contact the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.


Auxilary raises more than $65,000 for community healthcare

WH Auxiliary 2013 check presentation

Winona Health Auxiliary 2013 president, Nancy Enochs presents a check to Winona Health president/CEO, Rachelle Schultz at the Auxiliary’s annual meeting.

The Winona Health Auxiliary annual meeting was held in January at Signatures. Officers were elected, service chairs were appointed and awards were presented to individuals who had achieved milestone levels of service hours ranging from 100 hours to 10,000 hours.

Nancy Enochs, 2013 Winona Health Auxiliary president, presented Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO, with a check for $41,000, which will be used to enhance the healing environment for patients at Winona Heath. In addition, $3,000 was given for projects to benefit residents at Winona Health’s Senior Living at Watkins, Roger Metz, Adith Miller and Lake Winona manors and $23,000 was awarded for healthcare scholarships in 2013. Thus, the grand total for Auxiliary gifts in 2013 was $67,000.

“The generosity of our Auxiliary volunteers has an immeasurable impact on what we do here at Winona Health,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “We recognize the many ways volunteers help our patients, residents, visitors, families and staff. Their ongoing support strengthens local healthcare and, therefore, our entire community. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of them.”

In addition to funds raised throughout the year during various events and at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop, last year volunteers provided 23,675 hours of service to Winona Health. Using the current U.S. average hourly value for volunteer time, that amounts to a gift equivalent to $524,164.50 in service time to Winona Health.

Auxiliary officers for 2014 are: Sheryl Miller, president; Bev Keiper, president-elect; Candice Mayberry, secretary; Irene Mulyck, treasurer; Barbara Pozanc, assistant treasurer; Nancy Enochs, past president; and Kim Schwab, Winona Health board representative.

“The purpose of our organization is to support Winona Health is its mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the community,” said Miller, who has been a part of the Winona Health Auxiliary for more than 30 years. “I’m very excited about beginning my term as Auxiliary president and about the opportunities before us.”

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


Merchants Bank and Miller Ingenuity generous Follies sponsors

Follies UnderwritersThe Winona Health Auxiliary is pleased to announce that the upcoming variety show, “Topsy Turvy Television Follies 2,” has secured two major sponsors for this community event. Merchants Bank and Miller Ingenuity have agreed to help kick start the fundraising with their very generous donations.

Topsy Turvy Television Follies 2 is a wonderful, community-wide musical variety show which will star your family, neighbors and friends in skits and musical numbers featuring your favorite characters and theme songs from the past 40 years of television. According to Follies director, Sue Degallier, rehearsals have begun with energy and enthusiasm and you won’t want to miss the show!

The Follies will be held February 27 and 28 and March 1 and 2 in the beautiful, historic Saint Cecilia Theatre on the Cotter Schools campus. General seating tickets are $12 and will go on sale February 10. Tickets will be available at the Glady D. Miller Gift shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby, at Hy-Vee and at Midtown Foods.

The monies raised from the Follies are earmarked to help purchase sleeper chairs for all of the patient rooms at Winona Health to increase the comfort of patients and their families and visitors.

For more information on the upcoming Follies, including Patron sponsorship and seating, contact the Winona Health Community Engagement Department at 507.474.3328. 


Photo: Merchant’s Bank and Miller Ingenuity are the generous sponsors of the Winona Health Auxiliary’s Tipsy Curvy Television Follies 2. Pictured: Sheryl Miller, Winona Health Auxiliary president; Rod Nelson, president/CEO, Merchants Bank; Steve Blue, president/CEO Miller Ingenuity; and Sue Degallier, Winona Health Auxiliary Follies director.


Event raises funds for local women with breast cancer

Breast Fest, an event held to benefit local women being treated for breast cancer at Winona Health, raised $5,000 that will be distributed through the Winona Health Foundation.

The organizers, who asked that their names not be used, said that they wanted to do something to help local women who may need assistance paying for miscellaneous expenses that come along with dealing with a serious illness. 

“We just want to make life a little easier for women in our community who are dealing with breast cancer,” said one of the organizers. “We also hope this shows them that more people than they know care about them.”

Sandy Gruszynski, cancer care coordinator at Winona Health, said, “This is a very generous and welcome gift. What’s so touching is that it’s from community members, for community members. It’s just one example of why Winona is a great place to live and why Winona Health is a wonderful place to give and receive care.”

The organizers requested that the money help as many women as possible with expenses such as transportation to clinic visits and costs related to having a serious illness but that are not covered by insurance. 

Breast Fest was held Saturday October 19, 2013, at The Black Horse in Winona. Organizers sold t-shirts, raffle tickets and received donations. The event included performances by area bands. Organizers said they are planning another event this year.

To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation and ways to give here, or call Kelley Olson, generosity manager, at 507.474.3264.