Welcome Denver Brown, PA-C!

Denver Brown, PA-C

Denver Brown, PA-C

Denver Brown, a certified physician assistant (PA-C) has joined Winona Health’s Family Medicine staff. In addition to providing primary healthcare services to people of all ages, he is certified as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) by the Mayo Clinic.

Brown, who is from Becker, Minn., is no stranger to Winona. “Growing up, we often came to Winona to see family during the holidays. It’s always felt like a second home.” He also graduated from Winona State University.

Brown said he chose Winona Health because, “I love the bluffs, the river and the outdoor experiences available here. I also still have family here, which is another reason I decided to check out Winona Health. I was so impressed with the atmosphere and how people enjoy working here—that’s really important to me.”

Before joining Winona Health, Brown was a Family Medicine physician assistant at the Hayward Clinic and in the Emergency Department at the Hayward Area Hospital, both in Hayward, Wisconsin. He provided care for acute conditions and chronic diseases for children and adults, and he has served as a preceptor for students from three universities.

“My favorite part of my job is helping people see the long-term benefits of improving their health and doing my part to help them get there,” said Brown, “I love seeing people succeed in making healthy lifestyle changes that will benefit them the rest of their lives.”

Brown graduated from the physician assistant program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, achieving a perfect score on his Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

While earning his undergraduate degree at Winona State University, he was also a supplemental instructor for Anatomy and Physiology. He worked as a nursing assistant at Saint Anne of Winona while attending college.

In his free time, Brown enjoys biking, cross country skiing, hunting and fishing. He and his wife also enjoy cooking—or rather she cooks and he likes the results. Asked whether they are “foodies,” he says, “We could be considered foodies who like to cook at home.” The Browns have two young daughters and are looking forward to making Winona their home.

To request an appointment with Denver Brown, PA-C, call the Winona Health Family Medicine department at 507.457.7648.





Way to Wellness Expo: Saturday, February 27

A Heart-beating, fun-loving, laughter-filled day to kick up your health

Winona Health and area partners invite people of all ages to the Way to Wellness Expo, Saturday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road in Winona, Minn.

“Way to Wellness will be a fun day filled with information, education, inspiration and motivation to help people live healthier and happier,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health.

Attendees are welcome to drop in for any or all of the seminars and visit informational booths. Seminars cover areas including: nutrition, active living, mental health, general wellness, and cooking demonstrations.

The seminar schedule includes:

  • Little Things can Make a Difference, Lynda Brzezinski, Winona State University
  • Homeopathy & other Holistic Modalities, Patti Bartsch, Naturally Unbridled Wellness
  • The Medicare Donut Hole, Dave Clauer, Novo Nordisk
  • Unlock the Genius in Your Child—and You! Paula & Amy from Communities Off n’ Funning
  • 3 Good Things, Ann MacDonald, Winona Health
  • A Wellness Approach to Grief, Eunie Alsaker, Winona State University
  • Fitness through the Decades, Deb McClellan, Live Well Winona
  • Anxiety & Stress in Children, Jenni McHugh, Hiawatha Valley Mental Health
  • Bicycle Basics & Comfort, Scott Sherman, Winona Area Mountain Bikers
  • Strong Women Stay Young, Linda Shepardson, Prairie River Home Care
  • Sweet Lies: The Truth about Sugar, Anna Hudson, Winona Health
  • Eat More: Vegetables that is! Nadine Bayer, Winona Volunteer Services
  • Versatile Vinegar, Winona Health Food & Nutrition and Anna Hudson
  • Delicious Juicing, Aileen Swenson, Nourishing Happiness
  • Living and Thriving with Diabetes, Ann Heesacker, Winona Health
  • Healing Yourself with Food, Kristin Noble, Infinity Chiropractic
  • Too Much on Your Plate, Janet Macon, Winona State University

Special activities requiring RSVP include:

  • The Grand Tasting: Sample delicious dishes that have been “healthy-fied” by the dietitians at Novo Nordisk. Recipes will be available. The Grand Tasting requires advance registration for planning purposes.
  • Day of Play: The Winona Family YMCA will have staff at the middle school hosting a special ‘Day of Play’ for children from 9:30 to 11:30, so parents can attend seminars or visit booths. Day of Play requires advance registration for planning purposes.

Please note: Advance registration is required for the YMCA Day of Play and the Grand Tasting. Because of the planning necessary for these two programs, we will not be able to accept registration the day of the event. No advance registration is required for the seminars.

Many other health and wellness-related organizations will have exhibits for attendees to visit and ask questions.

RSVP for the Grand Tasting or Day of Play and get the details!

Way to Wellness Details

or call 507.457.4161.

The Way to Wellness Expo is a collaboration between Winona Health and community partners including: Winona Noon Lions Club, Live Well Winona, Winona Area Public Schools, Winona Family YMCA, Winona County Public Health, Winona County SHIP (Statewide Health Improvement Program), and Winona State University.

Benevolence & Blues: A celebration of generosity

Breast Fest committee members give a gift to benefit those undergoing breast cancer treatment during the Winona Health Foundation’s Benevolence and Blues. Pictured (l-r): Betsy Midthun, Winona Health VP of Community Engagement, and Breast Fest representatives Bonnie Steinfeldt and Mark Fredrickson.

Breast Fest committee members give a gift to benefit those undergoing breast cancer treatment during the Winona Health Foundation’s Benevolence and Blues. Pictured (l-r): Betsy Midthun, Winona Health VP of Community Engagement, and Breast Fest representatives Bonnie Steinfeldt and Mark Fredrickson.

Nearly 200 people celebrated generosity in our community at the Winona Health Foundation’s 3rd annual “Benevolence & Blues” at Visions Event Center at Signatures in Winona on Friday, January 29.

“Benevolence and Blues is a unique community event that highlights just a few of the stories that illustrate generosity in all of its forms,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement. “Blues music, delicious barbeque and heartwarming stories of giving made it a fun and uplifting evening.”

This year’s honorees included:

  • Caring. Sharing. Giving. – Ray Fawcett, Volunteer. Ray was recognized for his gracious and generous spirit of volunteering and his commitment to service.
  • Grassroots Fundraising at its Breast – Breast Fest Committee. The Breast Fest Committee raises money to help local breast cancer patients.
  • Mission and Values in Action – Theresa Dillinger, RN. Theresa caring and compassion goes above and beyond for Lake Winona Manor residents.
  • A Life Changer – Community Care Network Coaches. The Community Care Network coaches are part of an award-winning program to connect with our area’s most vulnerable residents.
  • A Legacy of Generosity – The Doug & Ruth Robinson Family. The Robinson family is continuing a precedent of generosity established by their parents, Doug and Ruth, who were well known philanthropists in the Winona community.

At the event, the Breast Fest Committee presented a check for $10,000 to the Foundation to help local breast cancer patients. Organizers say they just want to ease the path for those who are undergoing breast cancer treatment, whether that’s paying for groceries, a massage, gas cards or a bill or two. “This is an example of what community members can do together to not only help their family, friends and neighbors, but also strangers who just need a lift.”

Make a note and save the date for next year’s Benevolence and Blues, Friday, January 27, 2017 at Signatures. For more information about the Winona Health Foundation, click here.


$5 Jewelry (and more) Sale Feb. 17-18

The Winona Health Auxiliary will again host the Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday, February 17 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday, February 18, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the HOSPITAL LOBBY at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. Attendees are asked to park in the hospital parking lot and use the hospital main entrance, which is closest to the sale.

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, leggings, scarves, watches and much more. Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related educational scholarships and Auxiliary healthcare projects. For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.


New support group for moms and moms to be

Beginning Tuesday, February 9, Maria Pellowski, BSN, RN, a Winona Health Emergency Department nurse, will facilitate MomMe Time, a monthly support group for people struggling with the emotions that may accompany pregnancy, birth and being a new parent.

“This is a guided peer support group,” explains Pellowski. “We’ll talk about mood disorders that may accompany pregnancy and the birth of a baby. This includes topics such as postpartum depression, anxiety or other changes in mood, along with symptoms, prevention, resources, self-care and relaxation techniques. Topics also may include tips for dads and other family members.”

The group is free and no registration is required. Pellowski notes, “It’s a time to discuss motherhood concerns in a supportive and non-judgmental place.”

The MomMe Time support group will meet from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (unless it falls on a holiday), at Beno’s Deli, 78 E. 4th Street in Winona.

Those who have questions about the support group may call 507.450.3054.


You’re invited to a Time of Remembrance

Winona Health Pastoral Care invites community members to a Time of Remembrance, a special service to remember loved ones who have passed away. A Time of Remembrance will be held at Tranquility Chapel in Lake Winona Manor, 865 Mankato Avenue in Winona, on Thursday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Special music will be provided by Sr. Mary Jo Baldus. Chaplain Carol Garman will lead the service. Refreshments will follow.

Please R.S.V.P. to 507.457.4382.


Community Service Tribute Call for Nominations

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 5.

Nomination Form

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.

Last year, Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard received the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute for the countless hours of service they have given the Winona community. Those who nominated the Shepards reflected on their dedication to nature, the environment, history and education, along with noting the many organizations that benefited from their involvement.

Written nominations are being accepted now through February 5.

Nomination Form

For more information, click here.

If you have questions, call 507.457.4394.

Free one-day seminar for nurses

End of Life Nursing Education: Free one-day seminar

Winona Health is offering a special one-day free seminar, End of Life Nursing Education: Geriatric Curriculum. The seminar will be Thursday, February 4 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha (7th) Street in Winona, Minn.

This one-day training is free to area skilled nursing home staff and will cover topics from the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curriculum. Participants who complete this training will qualify for 7.5 nursing contact hours.

The seminar will be presented by: Maureen Gerson, Marybeth Polus, Sheila Skeels and Nikki Kimmerle, certified ELNEC trainers.

Topics covered:

  • Palliative care nursing
  • Communication
  • Loss, grief and bereavement
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Cultural and ethical considerations
  • The final hours

Registration is required for this seminar. Seats are limited. Please RSVP by Monday, January 25 by calling 507.457.4468.

Benevolence & Blues: Friday, January 29!

The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to the annual ‘Benevolence & Blues,’ Friday, January 29 at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Road 17 in Winona.

Tickets are $35 per person, or, $200 to reserve a table for eight ($25/person if table of 8). The evening begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment followed by dinner at 6:30, more music and stories of generosity round out the evening.

Attendees are encouraged be comfortable and wear their favorite blues—whether it’s blue jeans, a blue dress, blue scrubs or blue suede shoes.

Dinner includes: southern slaw; house-made corn muffins with whipped honey butter; barbequed ribs; southern fried chicken; green beans, bacon and onions; baked macaroni and cheese; sweet potato fingerlings; and sweet southern biscuit strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. Several menu items are gluten free.

This year’s honorees include:

  • Caring. Sharing. Giving. – Ray Fawcett, Volunteer
  • Grassroots Fundraising at its Breast – Breast Fest Committee
  • Mission and Values in Action – Theresa Dillinger, RN
  • A Life Changer – Community Care Network Coaches
  • A Legacy of Generosity – The Doug & Ruth Robinson Family

Entertainment includes music by the Burke Band, featuring a special appearance by Kathleen Lanik, Winona Health chief quality and safety officer.

Reservations will be accepted through Monday, January 25. RSVP by sending a check payable to the Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987.

Please include the names of those attending.

If questions,or to RSVP by phone,  please call 507.474.3328.



Sandra Burke joins Winona Health board of directors

Burke_small_RGB“Winona Health is at the cutting edge when it comes to systems, partnerships and wellness. I knew within minutes of being asked that I wanted to be a part of it,” says Sandra Burke, Executive Director of Winona Volunteer Services for the past fourteen years. Burke joined the Winona Health board of directors in January.

Burke serves on several nonprofit and corporate boards in the area. Through her extensive community involvement, she feels that she is in a position to see where community partnerships have the potential to take place. “We’re all working toward a healthier community,” she says. “We have an educational component to our food shelves, showing people how to eat healthier, that makes a great potential partnership with Winona Health’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing of our family, friends and neighbors.”

In addition to Burke, the Winona Health board includes Ken Mogren, chair; Roderick S. Baker; Scott Biesanz; Steve Blue; Scott Birdsall, MD; Matthew Broghammer, DO; Vicki Decker; Gary Evans; Richard Ferris, MD; Hugh Miller; Daniel Parker, MD; Rachelle Schultz, president/CEO; Kim Schwab; and Mark Wagner.

The Winona Health board is composed of community members elected to serve on the board on a volunteer basis. The board is responsible for establishing Winona Health’s strategic direction; quality and safety; financial oversight; and setting organizational policy. Board members are committed to guiding Winona Health in its mission to improve the health and well-being of the greater Winona area community while remaining a strong and independent, not-for-profit community-owned healthcare system.