$5 Jewelry Sale – new location!

Winona Health Auxiliary hosting $5 Jewelry Sale
New Location: Hospital Lobby

The Winona Health Auxiliary Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale will be held in the hospital lobby at Winona Health on Wednesday and Thursday, February 4 and 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that the event will be in a new location: the hospital lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, Minn.

The sale has become so popular that the location was changed to prevent parking issues for patients coming in for appointments. Jewelry sale attendees are asked to park in the hospital parking lot and enter the hospital main entrance. The sale will be in the hospital lobby.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, watches and much more. Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. This is a great opportunity to find Valentine’s Day gifts!

Join us! Kairos Alive! Dance Hall

All ages invited to Kairos Alive! Dance Hall Thursday, January 29

Winona Health invites community members of all ages to a Kairos Alive! Dance Hall, Thursday, January 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. when the first floor of the clinic at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, will turn into a Dance Hall, complete with live musical entertainment. The event is free and open to the community.

Kairos Alive is an award-winning, uplifting, intergenerational community program that brings people together and integrates the arts to improve overall wellness. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend.

“Our Dance Hall events have been well attended and we love seeing people of all ages having a great time together,” said Emilie Volkman, a master social worker with Winona Health. “A Dance Hall event is the perfect opportunity for people to come together to enjoy music and each other’s company. Some choose to just listen or sing along while others enjoy dancing. It leaves everyone smiling and feeling great.”

If you know someone who would benefit from a feel-good community event, invite them to the Dance Hall. No matter how you feel when you arrive, you will feel better before you leave.

To watch a video of a previous Dance Hall, or to learn more about Kairos Alive! click here or call Emilie Volkman 507.453.3770.

Scholarships available

Healthcare scholarships available through Winona Health

Three scholarships are offered to the Winona community through the Winona Health Foundation and through the Winona Health Auxiliary.

Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis McClenathan scholarship

The Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis McClenathan scholarship is a $1,000 award available to an individual who is in the final one or two semesters in completing his or her two- or four-year nursing degree. The scholarship recipient must be from within a 60-mile radius of Winona or attend a post-secondary school within the designated area, or be a current Winona Health employee. Priority will be given to individuals committed to providing care at Winona Health. 

Phyllis McClenathan was a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center who passed away after a long battle with cancer. In 2006, her husband, Dean, and their children established a nursing scholarship in her name through the Winona Health Foundation. 

Applications for the Phyllis McClenathan Scholarship are due March 15, 2015. An application form and eligibility information is available online at winonahealth.org/scholarships.

Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship

The Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship is named for a retired director of Winona Health Volunteer Services in honor of her long-standing service to the Winona Health Auxiliary.

Scholarship awards are contingent on acceptance into an accredited healthcare educational program for fall 2015. Applicants also must be a permanent resident of the Winona Health service area or be working and/or volunteering at Winona Health. Individual scholarship awards will be made in amounts of $500 or more, and up to a total of $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship funds are raised through Auxiliary fundraising events.

Applications for the Carol Hill Scholarship are due March 15, 2015. An application form and eligibility information is available online at winonahealth.org/scholarships.

Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program
Through the generosity of anonymous contributors, the Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program was established to provide graduating high school seniors with financial assistance to pursue a health-related career.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Winona Health Scholarship Program Committee based on the student’s demonstration of the program standards which include:

  • a strong motivation to pursue a healthcare career
  • academic excellence
  • a dedication to community service
  • a demonstrated need of financial support for their college education

Additionally, the scholarship is contingent upon acceptance to an accredited institution in a program of study for a career in healthcare.

The deadline for application submission for the Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program is April 1, 2015. An application form and eligibility information is available online. Click here.

Please note that applications for all scholarships that are received after the due date, or not fully completed, will be ineligible. Call 507.474.3328 for more information.


Join us for Benevolence & Blues!

Winona Health Foundation dinner to celebrate ‘Benevolence & Blues’

The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to the annual ‘Benevolence & Blues,’ Friday, January 30 at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Road 17 in Winona.

“This will be a special evening celebrating generosity, blues music and delicious barbeque,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement. “We will recognize individuals and an organization to highlight just a few examples of how generosity makes a difference in our community.”

Honorees include:

  • Fireworks galore: Steven C. Johnson
  • Fantasy of Trees founders: Gayla Clemons, Betty Datta & Sandy Pope
  • 100 years of service: Arnold Fenske, MD, & Lois Gernes, LPN
  • Care above and beyond: Kasey Buchheit, NA, & Katrina Hammel, MD
  • Grateful patients: Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund
  • Get up and dance: KairosAlive!

The community event plays on a ‘blues’ theme. “You may have the winter blues and just need a fun night out,” said Midthun. “We are encouraging attendees to wear their favorite blues—whether it’s dress blues, blue scrubs, blue jeans or blue suede shoes.”

The dinner menu includes: southern slaw; house-made corn muffins with whipped honey butter; BBQ ribs; southern fried chicken; green beans, bacon and onions; sweet potato fingerlings; cheddar cheese grits; and sweet southern biscuit strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. Many menu items are gluten free.

Entertainment includes music by Costello & Hipps and singing by Angie Johannes, director of Winona Health Surgical Services.

Tickets are $35 per person. The evening begins with a hors d’oeuvres, blues music and a cash bar. Dinner, more entertainment and stories of generosity round out the evening. Reservations will be accepted through Friday, January 23. RSVP by sending a check payable to the Winona Health Foundation, and mail to: Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987. Please include the names of those attending. If questions, call 507.474.3328.




Call for nominations: Community Service Tribute

The Winona Health Foundation is seeking nominations for the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute is awarded to an outstanding person, persons or community organization who has made a significant difference and positive impact on the Winona region and/or Winona Health. Candidates will be evaluated on their generosity of time, spirit, energy and/or charitable donations. Nomination forms are available online at winonahealth.org/tribute and will be accepted through Friday, February 6.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute was established by the late community philanthropist, Benjamin A. Miller, in the name of his wife, Adith. In addition to a special recognition dinner at Cedar Valley Restaurant, the family of Ben and Adith Miller and RTP Company honors the recipient with a $25,000 contribution to the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund to assist area individuals and families.

Dee Cipov received the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute in 2014. Cipov was recognized for her great attitude, her dedication to her community and her exceptional hard work. 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.

Written nominations are being accepted now through February 6. Click here to nominate someone. If questions, call 507.457.4394 or contact mfidler@winonahealth.org.


Previous Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients:

2013 Dee Cipov

2012 Irene Renk

2011 Marlene Kohner

2010 Jenny Kahl

2009 Justin Green

2008 Nancy Iglesias

2007 Dennis Theede and Home and Community Options

2006 Karen and O.J. Fawcett

2005 Donna Helble

2004 Kent Gernander

2003 Marilyn and Keith Schwab, Kim and Pete Schwab

2002 L. “Max” DeBolt

2001 Rose Anderson and Diane Barge

2000 Carol and Dan Barr

1999 Joette and Michael Gostomski

1998 Roger Metz

1997 Nancy and Mark Kristensen

1996 Dave Arnold and Dan Rukavina

1995 Pete Woodworth

1994 Dr. Frank and Ruth Bures

1993 Sue Cornwell

1992 Bob Kierlin

1991 Tom Graham

1990 Gary Evans

1989 Pauline Knight

1988 Tom and Judith Stark, Dr. Roger and Helen Hartwich, John and Helen David




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, January 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.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 working follow-up session will be held Monday, February 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.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 of charge and open to the public. No advanced registration is required. All adults over the age of 18 are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

Our trained Auxiliary volunteers are also available to give group presentations in the community about Health Care Directives. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328. 

Mayor issues proclamation of thanks regarding spiritual care

Winona Mayor Mark Peterson presents a proclamation to Winona Health CEO Rachelle Schultz.

Winona Mayor Mark Peterson presents a proclamation to Winona Health CEO Rachelle Schultz.

Winona Health Spiritual Care was celebrated at a luncheon on October 27, 2014, when Mayor Mark Peterson presented a Proclamation of Thanks to CEO Rochelle Schultz for Winona Health’s contribution to Spiritual Care.

This proclamation honors Winona Health for caring for the whole person, including body, mind, and spirit. The Proclamation also commends the Pastoral Care Chaplains who share in this mission by providing excellence in pastoral care through caring for the spiritual concerns of patients, residents, and the Winona area.

Other honorees at the luncheon included area Priests and Pastors who provide pastoral care volunteer service to patients at Winona Health through worship and on-call pastoral support. The Winona Health Pastoral Care Department includes: Chaplain Kathy Redig, Chaplain Carol Garman, Hospice Chaplain Tom Schoen, Intern Chaplain Ashley Walz, and Casual On-Call Chaplain Bill Flesch.

Pastors and Priests who commented on their inclusion in the pastoral care of patients and residents included Monsignor Richard Colletti, Pastor James Nelson, Pastor Kevin Froelich, Lay Worship Leader Kay Shaw, and Pastor Mark Dumke.

Generosity Inspires: Staff and volunteers give back

Staff and volunteers give nearly $50,000 to the Winona Health Foundation

 The Winona Health Foundation’s annual employee giving campaign, Generosity Inspires, wrapped up in October. Throughout the six-week campaign, staff and volunteers had opportunities to learn more about the Foundation and how it supports Winona Health’s mission: to improve the health and wellbeing of our family, friends and neighbors.

The 2014 Generosity Inspires campaign’s “funds of focus” were the Lake Winona Manor Bus Fund, Community Care Fund, Humanitarian Relief Fund, Employee Relief Fund and Healing Environment Fund. Staff and volunteers also could select a fund of their choice.

A quarter of the staff gave during the campaign along with 100 percent of the senior leadership staff.

“Generosity makes so much possible,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “We all understand the value of having a strong local healthcare organization, and our staff and volunteers’ generosity in giving back to support our mission is inspiring.”

The most popular fund among employees was the Area of Greatest Need, which received $17,616. This fund is used for individuals in dire need of assistance or for projects that impact and benefit Winona Health patients, residents, staff and the community.

The second most popular fund was the lake Winona Manor Bus Fund. While Lake Winona Manor currently has a vehicle to transport residents to outings and events in the community, its capacity is very limited and it is in need of replacement. This year’s campaign raised $10,945, which was added to $7,900 given during the 2013 campaign. The estimated cost of the new bus is $55,000—so there is still a way to go.

Through the generosity of staff, volunteers and board members, a total of $49,925 was raised during the 2014 Generosity Inspires campaign. To see the Generosity Inspires videos about the various funds of focus, go to winonahealth.org/generosityinspires. To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation, call 507.457.4304 or click here.


Thank you, CFC Lady Pirates!

Cochrane Fountain City Lady Pirates volleyball team raised $1,286 for the Winona Health Foundation to support Mammography services in Winona Health’s Women’s Imaging Department.

Cochrane Fountain City Lady Pirates volleyball team raised $1,286 for the Winona Health Foundation to support Mammography services in Winona Health’s Women’s Imaging Department.

Cochrane Fountain City volleyball team raises awareness and funds to support Winona Health mammography services

The Cochrane Fountain City Lady Pirates volleyball team raised $1,286 for the Winona Health Foundation to support mammography services in Winona Health’s Women’s Imaging Department.

The CFC volleyball team had a “Dig Pink” night and promoted breast cancer awareness. Through a bake sale, t-shirt sales and other fundraising opportunities, the Lady Pirates raised more than $1,000 for the Winona Health Imaging Department.

“We appreciate the enthusiasm of the Cochrane Fountain City volleyball team in promoting breast cancer awareness and supporting local Mammography services,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health Vice President of Community Engagement. “High school athletes have a positive impact on our community in a variety of ways, and we are grateful to be recipients of their generosity.”

In addition to being a fundraising activity, Dig Pink events raise awareness of the importance of mammograms for breast cancer screening. Mammography services are provided in Winona Health’s Women’s Imaging Department, a comfortable and private suite within the Outpatient Diagnostic Center on the first floor of the clinic.

In addition to having the latest technology, 3D mammography, Winona Health’s Women’s Imaging team consistently receives high ratings for patient care. To schedule a mammography appointment at Winona Health, call: 507.457.4320.

To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation, call 507.457.4394



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.