Free Health Talk: Normal? or Sign of Cognitive Decline

Winona Health is presenting: Is this normal? Recognizing the signs of cognitive decline, a free Health Talk on Thursday, November 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The program will be at Winona Health in the B. A. Miller Auditorium on the third floor of the hospital, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

This program is for those who are concerned about a family member’s memory issues or ability to function safely. Attendees will learn how to identify what’s normal and what may be a sign of cognitive decline and tips for how family members can offer suggestions or support.

Program presenters will be Carol Meyer-Boldon, CCC, SLP, a speech-language pathologist at Winona Health who works with individuals who have difficulties in the areas of speech, language, swallowing and cognitive dysfunction, and Judy Jorgensen, OTR/L, who is an expert in assessing and treating cognitive disorders.

There is no charge for this Health Talk, but RSVP is required by Monday, November 17. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to 507.457.4161 or online here.



It’s time for Holiday Happiness

Holiday Happiness co-chairs, Mary Breza, Carole Matejka, Diane Barge and Mary Brenno, with a few items available during the event.

Holiday Happiness co-chairs, Mary Breza, Carole Matejka, Diane Barge and Mary Brenno, with a few items available during the event.

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Happiness will be Wednesday through Saturday, November 5 through 8 at Winona Health, hospital 3rd floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The Gift Shop and Holiday Happiness co-chairs, Diane Barge, Mary Brenno, Carole Matejka and Mary Breza, as well as many other volunteers, have been hard at work preparing for this festive event.

“This year’s theme is White Reindeer and White Trees,” said Brenno. “We will also have the classic items that people come back for each year like the baked-daily items from Daube’s bakery, jewelry, clothes and of course beautiful holiday décor.”

“We also have unique angels, toys for kids, gourmet soups and dips and so much more,” added Barge. Diane and Mary invite everyone to stop by and bring a friend, even if it is just to enjoy a cookie and a hot cup of coffee.

Holiday Happiness hours:

  • Wednesday, November 5: preview and opening 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 6:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, November 7: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 8:  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Proceeds from this year’s Holiday Happiness go toward healthcare scholarships and enhancing the healing environment of the Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.


Welcome Ian Young, MD!

Young_small_RGBIan Young, MD, joined the Winona Health staff and sees patients of all ages in in the Urgent Care clinic at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, Minn.

“I chose Winona Health because a colleague from residency [Dr. Britton Ercanbrack] highly recommended Winona and Winona Health,” said Dr. Young. “When I visited and interviewed, I found a beautiful and friendly community, and I also liked the community feel I observed at Winona Health—the staff is very caring and approachable.”

Dr. Young earned his Medical Degree at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., and completed his residency in Family Practice at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Prior to medical school, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. His professional memberships include the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Minnesota Medical Association.

While attending medical school Dr. Young volunteered for a number of healthcare and other humanitarian projects in various countries, often serving as a Spanish translator. He also spent a year as an English tutor at a university in Spain. During his residency at Mayo, he helped conduct and presented findings on a variety of research projects.

In his free time, Dr. Young enjoys playing volleyball and staying active. He’s also interested in technology and computers. He played chess competitively in high school and still enjoys playing when he has a chance.

Winona Health Urgent Care hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Urgent Care wait times are updated online during clinic hours. For current wait times, visit





Flu shot update

Beginning Monday, October 27, Winona Health will offer flu shots on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the second floor of the clinic at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Insurance will be filed, or individuals may pay $32 at time of check in. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Children age 8 and under who did not receive a flu vaccine during last year’s flu season may need a second vaccine 30 days after receiving the first vaccine dose. Please check with your primary healthcare provider if you have questions regarding dosage.

Healthcare providers recommend that all infants over six months, children and adults, including women who are pregnant, get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect you from the flu, it helps protect those you come in contact with.

More information about influenza is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

To schedule an appointment with a Primary Care provider at Winona Health, call 507.454.3680.

Simple measures can help prevent spread of influenza

Influenza can range from being an uncomfortable inconvenience to being a severe illness. The healthcare team at Winona Health encourages the following habits to help you prevent getting or spreading colds or flu.

  • Cover you mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly after coughing or sneezing, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If you have young children, start early with teaching them to wash their hands and help them as necessary.
  • Wash your hands after returning home from work, shopping or any public place.
  • Use a sanitizing wipe on items in your car or home that are frequently touched such as cabinet and doorknobs, the refrigerator handle, phones (including cell phones), light switches, remote controls and keyboards.
  • Protect others: Do not visit people in the hospital or living in long-term care residences, and limit visiting other people and places if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Take care of yourself: Stay home, drink plenty of fluids and get more rest if you begin experiencing cold or flu symptoms. It’s not just good for you, it’s good for everyone else as well.

When to seek medical attention for a sick child

It’s natural for parents to be concerned when their child is ill, but how do you decide whether you should see your healthcare provider?

Give your child more time for rest when they are sick. If your child’s energy level is down and you think they’ll have a hard time focusing in class, it’s probably best to keep them home to rest and get plenty of fluids.

If your child has a severe sore throat, especially if accompanied by a fever, aches and upset stomach without other typical cold symptoms, call your primary care provider about getting a strep test.

Severe illness may warrant a visit to your primary care provider, the Urgent Care Clinic or the Emergency Department.

If you have concerns or if something doesn’t seem right, call your primary healthcare provider or bring your child to the Urgent Care Clinic or hospital Emergency Department.

The Centers for Disease Control noted the following pediatric “emergency warning signs” need medical attention:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

If you have concerns or if something doesn’t seem right, call your primary healthcare provider or bring your child to the Urgent Care Clinic or hospital Emergency Department.

Symptoms of a Cold versus Flu




Fever Rare in adults & older children, but can be as high as 102o F in infants and small children Usually 102o F, but can go up to 104o F and usually lasts 3-4 days
Headache Rare Sudden onset & can be severe
Muscle aches Mild Usual & often severe
Tiredness & weakness Mild Can last 2 or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion Never Sudden onset & can be severe
Runny nose Often Sometimes
Sneezing Often Sometimes
Sore throat Often Sometimes
Cough Mild, hacking cough Usual & can become severe

All ages invited to Kairos Alive! Dance Hall

Winona Health invites community members of all ages to a Kairos Alive! Dance Hall, Monday, October 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., when the first floor of the clinic at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, will turn into the Dance Hall with music by Ron’s Old Time Band.

Kairos Alive is an award-winning, intergenerational community program that brings people together and integrates the arts to improve overall wellness.

“No matter how you feel when you arrive, you will feel better before you leave,” said Emilie Volkman, a master social worker with Winona Health. “A Dance Hall event is an opportunity to come together to enjoy live music and each other’s company. Those who come may participate as much or as little as they like.”

Whether you used to like to dance, still like to dance, or just wish to observe and enjoy the music, you’ll be glad you came. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. This program is for everyone and anyone who wants to listen to music, laugh and feel better.

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




Holiday Happiness starts Nov. 5!

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Happiness will be November 5 through 8 on the Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital’s third floor will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring gifts, decorations, clothing, gourmet foods and bakery treats. HealingScapes™ canvas prints will also be available for purchase.

Holiday Happiness hours:

  • Wednesday, November 5: preview and opening 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 6: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, November 7: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 8: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Proceeds from Holiday Happiness go toward healthcare scholarships and enhancing the healing environment of the Winona Health Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit.

Holiday Happiness is a festive way to begin holiday shopping while supporting local healthcare.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.


Welcome Nicole Beatty, MD!

Nicole Beatty, MD

Nicole Beatty, MD

Anesthesiologist Nicole Beatty, MD, has joined the Winona Health medical staff. She joins anesthesiologists Nicole Varela, MD, Amarjit Virdi, MD, and Ruth Moes, MD, along with seven certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) working with the surgeons and staff in Winona Health’s Surgery Department.

Dr. Beatty said she chose Winona Health for “Lots of reasons. I’ve observed the admirable collaboration at Winona Health, and I’ve also been impressed with its systematic efforts to improve quality which has made it recognized as a center of excellence. I’m proud to be joining this forward-thinking team and hope to contribute in a positive way.”

Dr. Beatty received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., completed an internship in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education where she also completed her residency in Anesthesiology. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists and the Minnesota Medical Association.

Prior to earning her medical degree, Dr. Beatty was a Physician Assistant, caring for patients in the Emergency Department at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Department in Rochester, Minn.

Dr. Beatty and her husband have three young children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating and running.

For information about healthcare providers and services available at Winona Health, click on Find a Provider or call 507.454.3650.



Ebola preparedness

In light of the Ebola virus being confirmed in one patient in the United States, Winona Health administrators and medical leaders would like to update the community on Ebola preparedness and protocols in place or in progress to deal with the potential for Ebola in our community.

“Public Health systems in place the United States give us the greatest opportunities for isolation and containment to limit the spread of Ebola,” said Brett Whyte, MD, chief of Emergency and Urgent Care Services at Winona Health. “There has only been one case diagnosed in the US, and there is heightened awareness about what to be on the alert for. All healthcare professionals are committed to keeping their communities safe.”

Local preparedness for the Ebola virus:

• Winona Health has a very good infection control infrastructure already in place.

• Winona Health rigorously follows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and daily monitors the updates on Ebola protocols and procedures.

• Standard protocols are already in place for many aspects of infectious disease including isolation requirements and personal protective equipment (PPE).

• Winona Health has adequate PPE in all clinical areas. All clinical staff are scheduled to go through mandatory refresher training on proper use of PPE.

• Winona Health is requiring mandatory education on Ebola and infectious disease for all clinical care staff including providers and all lab personnel.

• Screening for infectious disease, like Ebola, is underway at Winona Health. Patients are being asked 1) have you or anyone you have come in contact with been out of the country in the past 21 days, and 2) do you have infectious symptoms or have you been in contact with anyone who has infectious symptoms. If either response is positive, the patient will undergo more rigorous screening. Winona Health clinical care teams have been informed about CDC protocols including 1) screening and identification of patients; 2) Isolation procedures and 3) early recognition of and risk factors for Ebola. Ongoing education and communication to our healthcare professionals will be deployed as new information emerges on the infection control practices around Ebola.

• Good hygiene is essential with this situation as with any others. And, as usual, everyone is urged to take proper hand washing procedures and get a flu shot.

• We should remember that, right now, there is only one case identified in the US – Dallas, Texas – and every healthcare organization has learned from the communication failure that occurred there.

If community members are interested in more information about the Ebola virus, comprehensive information is available on the Centers for Disease Control website:


Breakfast with the Experts for Employers, HR and Safety Professionals

Winona Health invites employers, business owners, human resources and safety professionals to RSVP for Breakfast with the Experts: Continuous Systems Improvement (CSI) and Lean Principles.

The program is Wednesday, October 22, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Winona Health’s B. A. Miller Auditorium, third floor of the hospital, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Linda Wadewitz, director of Continuous Systems Improvement at Winona Health, will share information about one of the foundational concepts of the lean quality improvement methodology: PDCA. The PDCA (plan, do, check, act) cycle is a four-step model for developing, implementing and monitoring change. Learn how this circular process leads to continuous improvement through the careful monitoring and measurement of change.

A complimentary breakfast is included. There is no charge for the program; however, for planning purposes, reservations are required. RSVP by Monday, October 20 online here, or call 507.457.4161.

Breakfast with the Experts is an educational program provided quarterly by Winona Health to help area employers stay current on trends and issues related to employee safety, health and wellness.


Free Diabetes Expo: It’s a Family Affair, Sat. Oct. 25

Informative. Fun. Free!
Winona Area Diabetes Expo: It’s a Family Affair.
Get motivated to start improving your health and feeling great.

The Winona Area Diabetes Expo: It’s a Family Affair, is a free event hosted by Winona Health Diabetes and Nutrition Education staff and area Lions Clubs to help individuals with diabetes, or at risk for developing diabetes, live longer, healthier lives.

The event will be Saturday, October 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the clinic at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn. Attendees are welcome to attend any or all of the free programs and activities.

Programs and activities include:

8:30 a.m.: Doors open, visit exhibits and free blood pressure and glucose screening. Gift bags will be given to attendees while supplies last.

9:00 a.m.: “Living Well With Diabetes” by Paula Philipps, RN, and Cassie Boddy, MSW, LGSW, from Winona Health’s Community Care Network

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Panel of Experts: Internist, Daniel Parker, MD; Pediatrician, Sarah Lallaman, DO; Obstetrician/Gynecologist and women’s health specialist, Melissa Richards, MD; and Ann Heesacker, RN, MSN, CDE.

11:00-11:30 a.m.: Cooking Demo # 1

11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.: Recipe Renovation by Heidi Ferris, RD, CDE

12:00-12:30 p.m.: Cooking Demo # 2

In addition, free Blood Pressure and Glucose screening all morning.

“The occurrence of diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in this country and world-wide,” said Sue Haug, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with Winona Health. “The line-up of programs and presenters for this year’s free event is geared toward increasing awareness of diabetes and diabetes risks through one’s entire life.”

Risk factors for diabetes include:

• Abnormal glucose laboratory results

• Diabetes in pregnancy or giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

• Family history of diabetes

• Excess body weight (especially around the waist)

• Low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides

• High blood pressure

• Low activity level

• Poor nutrition

The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Sue Haug, RD, LD, CDE, at 507.457.4521 or email