Clinics and pharmacy closed Thanksgiving Day

All Winona Health clinics including the Urgent Care Clinic will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26.

Winona Health retail pharmacies also will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Winona Health’s Emergency Department at 855 Mankato Avenue is always open.

Join us for Trees of Light celebration Wednesday, December 9

Community members who are honoring or remembering family and friends who hold a special place in their hearts during this holiday season are invited to the Winona Health Foundation’s Trees of Light gathering on Wednesday, December 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

Attendees are invited to enjoy music, refreshments, visit with friends, view the trees and take home the ornaments tagged with their honorees’ name.

“We are grateful for our generous community members who choose to honor friends and family members through the Trees of Light,” said Betsy Midthun, VP of community engagement at Winona Health. “It’s a thoughtful reminder of those who are important to us or those who will always be remembered, and it’s a meaningful way to support community healthcare.”

Those who gave are welcome to find their ornaments on the trees and take them home during the event on December 9 or anytime during clinic hours after December 9. The campaign continues until January 1.

Gifts to the Trees of Light campaign may be made online, by mail or in person at the Foundation office on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, 55987.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328 or click here.



Fantasy of Trees winners announced

First Place: Say Yes to the Dress

First Place: Say Yes to the Dress

The Winona Health Fantasy of Trees committee gives thanks to all businesses, organizations and individuals who donated a beautifully decorated holiday tree for silent auction.

Approximately 80 trees and a roomful of festive holiday wreaths and center pieces contributed to a successful 2015 Fantasy of Trees event. Proceeds from this year’s event go toward Healthcare Scholarships and updating Transitional Care Unit rooms at Lake Winona Manor.

Trees are on display and open for bids at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona on the first and second-floor of the clinic until Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m.

Below is the list of the award-winning trees. Congratulations to everyone who won and thank you to all who contributed. The Winona Health Auxiliary Fantasy of Trees committee appreciates all who supported this year’s event.

First Place: Say Yes to the Dress

Second Place: Candy Land

Second Place: Candy Land

Designers: Winona Health General Surgery, Cancer Care, Dermatology, Plastics and Cosmetics.

Second Place: Candy Land

Designers: Winona Health Food and Nutrition

Third Place: Warm and Cozy Homespun Christmas

Designers: Winona Health Occupational Health

Honorable Mention:

Lucky You by Winona Health Lake Winona Manor

Winters Frosty Night by Flowers on Broadway

May the Force be with You by Winona Health Pediatrics

Tranquility by Winona Health Assisted Living

Vintage Memories by Flowers on Broadway


Third Place: Warm and Cozy Homespun Christmas

Third Place: Warm and Cozy Homespun Christmas

Sally Pollock, CNP, joins Family Medicine staff

Pollock_small_RGBSally Pollock, a certified nurse practitioner (CNP) has joined Winona Health’s Family Medicine staff. Pollock has been caring for patients at Winona Health’s Urgent Care clinic since 2012.

“I wanted to move to Family Medicine for the opportunity to help patients manage chronic conditions and follow up with patients on a more regular basis,” said Pollock.

Asked why she originally chose Winona Health, Pollock said, “My family is part of the community and we were impressed with the care we received here.”

Pollock received her Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prior to becoming a certified nurse practitioner, Pollock cared for patients in the Intensive Care Unit/Coronary Care Unit at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse and in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Labor and Delivery Unit at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Pollock is a member of the American Critical Care Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Pollock and her husband, a physical education teacher at Madison elementary school in Winona, have three daughters ages 1, 3 and 7 who keep them pretty busy. In her free time, she enjoys running, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.

To request an appointment with Sally Pollock, call the Winona Health Family Medicine department at 507.457.7648.

Free Health Talk – Smart Start: Goal Setting

Anna Hudson, RD, Wellness Program Specialist

Anna Hudson, RD, Wellness Program Specialist

Free Health Talk, Thursday, December 17

Is there something you’d like to accomplish, but you’re having a hard time achieving your goal?

Anna Hudson, a Winona Health dietitian and wellness program specialist, will give a free Health Talk, Smart Start: Goal Setting, Thursday, December 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The presentation will be in the B. A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Hudson will offer tips and tools for effective goal setting and discuss strategies for sticking to those goals. Strategies shared can be applied to all types of goals from learning something new to breaking habits to getting organized or to sticking with a fitness plan.

Although this Health Talk is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming, men are also encouraged to attend the presentation.

RSVP is requested by Tuesday, December 15.

RSVP Learn about Spirit

Welcome Howard Gorder, PA-C!

Howard Gorder, PA-C

Howard Gorder, PA-C

Howard Gorder, PA-C, recently joined the Winona Health Urgent Care staff on a full-time basis.

No stranger to the Winona community, Gorder has been seeing patients at Winona Health Urgent Care on a casual-on-call basis since 2011. He’s also been providing healthcare services at the Federal Medical Center, Federal Bureau of Prisons in Rochester, Minn. since 2009. While there, he cared for patients in the Inpatient Medical/Surgical and Long-term Care units and in the Outpatient Clinical and Emergency Medicine departments.

Asked why he chose Winona Health, Gorder said, “A lot of it has to do with Winona Health being an independent entity and continuously improving physician leadership. I also have a specific interest in providing healthcare to the Winona region. I’ve been all over the world in the Navy, and this is still the best place on earth.”

Gorder received his Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Vermillion, S.D. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants.

In his free time, Gorder enjoys boating, fishing, spending time outdoors and volunteering at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn.

Winona Health Urgent Care is at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, Minn. 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, click here.


Free program to prevent falls

Winona Health is offering a free program to help improve balance and prevent falls. A Matter of Balance will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. for four weeks beginning Monday, November 30.

Matter of Balance is designed for anyone who is:

  • concerned about falling
  • interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength
  • has fallen in the past or has restricted activities due to falling concerns

Participants will learn how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.

The program will be at Winona Health Sarnia Square, 420 E Sarnia in Winona.

There is no charge for this Health Class, but class size is limited and RSVP is required. Call 507.453.3741 or click here to register.



Free program: How to make it through the Holidays

The holidays are often especially challenging after the loss of someone important to you. Winona Health Hospice chaplain, Tom Schoen, CHP/BCC, invites those who are dealing with grief to a special program offering helpful hints for the holidays, dealing with various social situations, and even finding glimmers of joy.

How to Make it Through the Holidays will be Wednesday, November 18, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the parlor of the historic Watkins Manor House, 175 E. Wabasha in Winona, Minn.

“It’s never easy to deal with the loss of someone we love, and the holidays can be even more difficult.” said Chaplain Schoen. “We’re here to offer ideas and time-tested ways to help people not only cope, but also to experience moments of joy during the holidays.”

How to Make it Through the Holidays is free, but RSVP is appreciated.

Those who have questions or would like to RSVP may call Chaplain Tom Schoen at 507.429.0485.

Free Healthcare Directives program

Protect your rights and make your wishes known

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold a free, informational program about Healthcare Directives on Monday, November 16, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Everyone age 18 and older is encouraged to have a Healthcare Directive. This program will provide information about the need for and benefits of having a Healthcare Directive, which enables people to retain control over their care, even after the ability to speak on their own behalf is lost. Trained and certified Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers facilitate this program with participants using authorized forms. The session will cover both Minnesota and Wisconsin Healthcare Directives.

A follow-up program will be held Monday, November 30, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and is open to anyone who has attended the informational program who would like assistance completing their directive or to have their completed forms reviewed.

These programs are free and no advanced registration is required. The program is presented in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Healthcare Directive volunteers are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information about healthcare directives, click here, or call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.


Flu shot walk-in: November 2 through 4

Healthcare providers recommend that 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.

Winona Health will offer flu shots on a walk-in basis during the following dates:

Monday, November 2 through Wednesday, November 4, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

High dose vaccine is available.

Check in for a flu shot on the second floor of the clinic at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. Please note that some waiting may be required and shots are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Insurance will be filed, or individuals may pay $35 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. If you have questions regarding dosage, please contact your healthcare provider.

More information about influenza is available on the Winona Health website:

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a Primary Care provider at Winona Health, call 507.454.3650.

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