More than 100 employees celebrating service milestones

Celebrating 45 years at Winona Health (l-r): Sherry Hill, LPN; Nola Skappel, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator; Andrew Edin, MD; Nancy Scovil, Nutrition Specialist.

Celebrating 45 years at Winona Health (l-r): Sherry Hill, LPN; Nola Skappel, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator; Andrew Edin, MD; Nancy Scovil, Nutrition Specialist.

Each year, Winona Health celebrates staff reaching service milestones. This year, 118 employees celebrated service
milestones ranging from five to 45 years.

Staff members celebrating 45 years are Andrew Edin, MD, Internal Medicine physician; Nola Skappel, therapeutic recreation coordinator; Nancy Scovil, nutrition specialist; and Sherry Hill, licensed practical nurse.

Winona Health chief human resources officer, Kathy Wade, who joined Winona Health in March, said, “It is an honor and privilege to work with the loyal and dedicated staff here at Winona Health. We recognize each of these individuals for their unique contribution in making a difference in the lives of others. Their experiences and stories shared represent who we are as a Winona Health family and the dedication to providing care to the greater community.”                      

In all, 118 people celebrated service milestones at Winona Health:

39 celebrated 5 years

21 celebrated 10 years

12 celebrated 15 years

13 celebrated 20 years

9 celebrated 25 years

5 celebrated 30 years

9 celebrated 35 years

6 celebrated 40 years

4 celebrated 45 year

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Urgent Care open July 4

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic, located at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, will be open Saturday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All other Winona Health clinics and retail pharmacies will be closed on July 4.

Urgent Care wait times are available on the Winona Health website: Urgent Care wait time

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, is always open.

 

Free Health Talk: Dog Days of Diabetes

Ann Heesacker, RN,  Certified Diabetes Educator

Ann Heesacker, RN,
Certified Diabetes Educator

Whether you have had diabetes for years, have just learned you have diabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes, you will get helpful information at Winona Health’s free Health Talk: Dog Days of Diabetes, Thursday, July 16, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The free Health Talk is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming and is open to men and women of all ages. Spirit of Women membership is free and there are several benefits. Learn more or sign up online at winonahealth.org/spirit, or call 507.457.4161.

 Ann Heesacker, RN, a certified diabetes educator at Winona Health, will help you learn how to live, and thrive, with diabetes.

“I call diabetes the job you didn’t want, you don’t like and you can’t quit,” says Heesacker. “Fortunately, there are often some easy changes that could make a noticeable difference quickly.”

Dog Days of Diabetes will be presented at Winona Health in the B.A. Miller Auditorium, hospital 3rd floor, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona.

This program is for anyone who has, or is at risk for diabetes. Attendees are encouraged to invite a family member or friend. There is no charge. RSVP is requested by Tuesday, July 14.

To RSVP for this Health Talk and to learn more about Spirit of Women at Winona Health including the free benefits, click below or call 507.457.4161.

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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.

 

 

 

 

PulsePoint App could help save lives in Winona

Winona Area Ambulance Service (WAAS) is encouraging community members to download a smartphone app designed to help save more lives from sudden cardiac arrest.

The app is called PulsePoint, and it empowers everyday citizens to provide life-saving assistance to sudden cardiac arrest victims.

To see a video on PulsePoint, click here: http://www.pulsepoint.org/pulsepoint-respond/

With PulsePoint, people who are trained in CPR and are willing to assist in case of an emergency will be notified through their smartphone if someone in a public location nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may require CPR. PulsePoint shows the location of the emergency event and the location of the nearest AED (automatic external defribulator).

In January, Dick Kohner of Minnesota City played a couple games of Racquetball at the Winona Family Y as he often does. But when went back to the locker room he recalls not feeling well. Minutes later, he collapsed. Fortunately, there was someone else in the locker room who saw it happen and called for help. Within seconds, a member of the Y staff grabbed the AED while another staff member called 911.

“I’m living proof that AEDs save lives,” said Kohner. “A lot of people came together to take care of me. They were there so fast and everything worked.”

“Everything worked,” agrees Karla Eppler, director of operations at Winona Area Ambulance Service. “Because people were there and they had access to an AED, they kept Dick alive until medical help arrived. With community members using the PulsePoint app, we’ll increase the odds of good outcomes like Dick’s.”

When an individual downloads the PulsePoint app and opts in, they are under no obligation to assist in any way. However, when a cardiac emergency occurs in a public place, the app will alert PulsePoint users in the vicinity of the need for bystander CPR. This will happen at the same time advanced medical care is dispatched. The app also uses maps to direct these citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible AED. PulsePoint informs citizen rescuers where the nearest AED is located – in real-time and in context of their current location.

Another aspect of PulsePoint is that it allows community members to log the location of an AED so that the location information is available in the PulsePoint System.

“One of the biggest challenges is tracking down the locations of AEDs in the community,” notes Eppler. “We’re asking anyone interested to log the location of AEDs their aware of, whether it’s at their workplace, church, restaurant or a business where they’ve seen an AED.”

People can check the Pulse Point app to see if their AED is logged. If they do not see the AED on the map they can use the Pulse Point app to geocode the location and take a picture with their smart phone. WAAS staff then confirms the information before making it live on the Pulse Point map.

To see a video on PulsePoint, click here: http://www.pulsepoint.org/pulsepoint-respond/

Those who have questions about PulsePoint or about logging an AED location, please call Winona Area Ambulance Service at 507.452.5351.

William Davis, MD, receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Davis Award

William Davis, MD, received a lifetime achievement award for his work in advancing electronic medical records to improve patient care.

Winona Health Family Medicine physician, William Davis, MD, receives Lifetime Achievement Award

William Davis, MD, a Family Medicine physician was honored at this week at the Cerner Physician Conference in Kansas City with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cerner Corporation.

Dr. Davis was instrumental in developing an advanced electronic medical records system to improve patient care, quality and safety. He was one of the pioneers in exploring how electronic records could make access to crucial patient health information easily and immediately accessible at the point of care. His work, in collaboration with Cerner, which is now a global healthcare technology company, began over 15 years ago.

Due in large part to his dedication to healthcare improvement, his knowledge as a physician and his continuous work in the field of information technology, Dr. Davis was Winona Health’s first Chief Medical Information Officer. In addition to caring for patients, he devoted countless hours to working with staff to develop the electronic infrastructure required for safer, higher-quality, more efficient care.

Health Talk: Life is Not a Spectator Sport

Growing older does NOT mean you have to experience pain. Learn what you can do to protect your bones and joints from aches and pains at Winona Health’s free Health Talk: Life is Not a Spectator Sport. The program is Thursday, June 18, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., in the B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital 3rd floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Presented by Judith Jorgensen, an occupational health therapist from Winona Health, Life it Not a Spectator Sport provides tips for helping you stay active as you age to help ensure you’ll enjoy an active life and not be left on the sideline.

Life is Not a Spectator Sport is open to all community members and is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming. Spirit membership is free and there are several benefits—sign up online or at the event. Men are also welcome!

To RSVP for this Health Talk by Tuesday, June 16., or  to learn more about Spirit of Women at Winona Health, including the free benefits, click below or call 507.457.4161.

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Health Talk: Balancing the Scale

Anna Hudson, RD, Wellness Program Specialist

Anna Hudson, RD, Wellness Program Specialist

Get tips to help you lead a longer, healthier life at Winona Health’s free Health Talk: Balancing the Scale, Thursday, June 11, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The program will be in the B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital 3rd floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Learn about the many benefits of balancing diet and exercise along with practical tips to help you work healthier habits into your schedule every day. The program is presented by Anna Hudson, registered dietitian and wellness program specialist at Winona Health.  

“The people I help are often surprised to learn how easy it is to make small changes that will make a big difference to how they feel,” said Hudson. “I’m looking forward to sharing helpful information and answering questions.”

Balancing the Scale is open to all community members and is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming. Spirit membership is free and there are several benefits—sign up online or at the event. Men are also welcome!

To RSVP for this Health Talk by Tuesday, June 9 or  learn more about Spirit of Women at Winona Health, including the free benefits, click below or call 507.457.4161.

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Memorial Day holiday hours

Winona Health will observe the following holiday hours the weekend of May 23-25

Saturday, May 23:

  • Urgent Care, 420 E. Sarnia, open regular hours: 8 a.m.  – 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 24:

  • Urgent Care, 420 E. Sarnia, open regular hours: 8 a.m.  – 5 p.m.

Monday, May 25:

  • Urgent Care, 420 E. Sarnia 8 a.m.  – 5 p.m.
  • Other Winona Health clinics and pharmacies closed

During open hours, Urgent Care wait time is available online at: winonahealth.org/uc.

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona is always open 24 hours a day.

Tick bite advice

Tick bites are on the rise at this time of year. The weather is getting warmer and people are spending more time outdoors. Along with that comes an increased number of tick bites.

“We have been seeing patients with concerns about tick bites every day. Now that morel season is here, I suspect we will see even more,” said Brett Whyte, MD, medical chief of Emergency Services at Winona Health. “It’s true that all ticks can carry disease but it’s the deer ticks that carry the vast majority in our area. Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, human ehrlichiosis, and powassan virus are a few.”

Winona Health offers the following information about tick bites and determining whether you need to seek medical attention for your bite.

  • It takes time for the tick to transmit the Lyme bacteria. It’s rare for Lyme to be transmitted if the tick was attached less than 36 hours. Most experts recommend treating patients with a prophylactic dose of doxycycline (200 mg) if the tick was attached for 36 hours or more but not less than that.
  • Initial Lyme disease symptoms are flu like. They might include fever, headache, fatigue, joint pain, muscle ache.  About half have the erythema migrans rash that can pop up anywhere on the body—even away from the bite site.
  • Not all deer ticks in our area carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease but many do. Some estimate as many as 50 percent.
  • A visit to Urgent Care is recommended if you experience symptoms of Lyme disease, have a tick embedded 36 hours or more, have trouble removing the tick, or just want to talk to a medical professional about it. 

The most important thing to remember when dealing with ticks is that there are ways to reduce the chances of being affected by tick-borne diseases. The best method to avoid infection is a daily head-to-toe skin inspection.

If you discover an attached tick, use fine tweezers to grab the tick’s head close to the skin and slowly but firmly pull it straight out without twisting. Ideally, the whole tick would be removed. If the body of the tick has been removed but other very small parts remain, they will be sloughed off as the skin regenerates.

While almost all tick bites can be taken care of at home, it is necessary to seek medical attention for a tick bite if a circular expanding rash occurs at the site of the tick bite or if a fever, headache or muscle aches develop. If these symptoms occur, antibiotic treatment may be required. The rash associated with Lyme disease can develop in three to 31 days after a bite.

Take the following measures to avoid tick bites:

  • Avoid known tick-infested areas
  • Wear long sleeves and pants with pant legs tucked into socks or boots when in wooded areas
  • Use DEET-containing insect repellant on exposed skin (but no more than 10-30% DEET).

If you have concerns related to a tick bite or symptoms of a tick-borne Illness, Winona Health Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During open hours, Urgent Care wait times are available here.