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.

Congratulations Carol Hill Scholarship recipients

This year’s scholarships total $20,000

The 2015-2016 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship committee has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 18 students, all of whom have been accepted into an accredited healthcare program.

Carol Hill Scholarship funds are raised through Auxiliary events including the Birthday Ball, $5 Jewelry Sale, Mother’s Day Springtime Tea, Fantasy of Trees, Basket Raffle and Holiday Happiness, along with sales from the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop. Since the Auxiliary awarded its first nursing scholarship in 1962, more than $580,000 has been awarded to area students as they study to become caregivers.

The Winona Health Auxiliary is pleased to help these students as they begin their education in healthcare or as they work toward completing their healthcare program.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients:

Carly Anderson, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.
Thomas Bergman, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
Shawn Carlson, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.
Katherine Edstrom, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa
Lauren Flanagan, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.
Halle Haedtke, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Krista Hoeg, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.
Heather Kimmerle, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.
Lisa McCabe-Evans, Winona State University, Rochester, Minn.
Mary McClanahan, Minnesota State College, Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.
Emmaleigh Muehlberg, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.
Sheila Mueller, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.
Mariah Olson, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Emily Passint, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.
Jennifer Ready, Western Technical College, La Crosse, Wis.
Victoria Schultz, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
Cameron Weess, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, Ill.
Jennifer Welch, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

The scholarship committee members are: Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, Winona Health director of Inpatient Services; Madonna Daley, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical Nursing Department; Jessica Muras, RN, Winona Health Lake Winona Manor; Linda Heath, Winona State University Nursing Department; and Kris Walters, Winona Health Volunteer Services.

Anyone wishing more information about the Winona Health Auxiliary or becoming a volunteer can contact the Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.

 

Farmers Market Wednesdays at Winona Health!

Beginning Wednesday, May 27, the Farmers Market is coming to Winona Health. The Winona Farmers Market is a local organization that invites producers of home-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, honey, eggs, cheese, syrups, baked goods, meats and more to share their harvest with area residents.

The Farmers Market will be on the lawn on the clinic end of the Winona Health campus, Wednesdays from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., May 27 through September 2.

Along with fresh produce and home-grown goods, Winona Health will have experts on hand providing information and recipes to help you get the most from your Farmers Market purchases.

“Winona Health is devoted to improving your health and wellbeing,” said Jessica Remington, director of Wellness Services at Winona Health.  “Hosting the Wednesday Farmers Market is just one more way we’re working to do just that. We hope you’ll join us!”

For more information about the Farmers Market at Winona Health, call 507.457.4161.

Retirement open house for Cullen Schwemer, MD

schwemer_webCullen Schwemer, MD, a psychiatrist in Winona Health’s Behavioral Health Department, will retire on May 31.

To honor and celebrate Dr. Schwemer’s years of caring for our community, Winona Health invites community members to a retirement open house Sunday, May 17, 3 to 5 p.m. at Signatures Restaurant, 22852 County Road 17, in Winona, Minn.

Dr. Schwemer shares his plans to retire as he nears his 80th birthday and after a medical career spanning more than five decades, the last 13 of which were spent providing inpatient and outpatient mental health care services at Winona Health.

“I finished medical school in 1964 and began my career—and I’ve loved every minute of it,”said Dr. Schwemer.

During the scope of his career, Dr. Schwemer served on the faculty at Loyola University and Medical School in Chicago and ran the residency program there, and then was in private practice in Chicago with about 30 employees. After deciding he was ready for a change from running his own practice, he discovered Winona.

“I had the great good fortune to find Winona. This community has so much going for it,” he said.

He also noted, “One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about being with Winona Health is how sharp the doctors are here. With the big systems around us, our doctors have to be sharp or Winona Health wouldn’t be here.”

Dr. Schwemer said that he had mixed feelings in deciding to retire. “It’s an exciting time in the field of mental health. Very soon, the technology will allow us to see the areas of the brain that are causing problems, leading to new ways to diagnose and treat mental illness. I’ll miss being involved in those new and exciting developments.”

What’s next for Dr. Schwemer? “Everyone I know who is retired tells me how much they appreciate the freedom they have to do all kinds of different things,” he said. “There is a lot going on in Winona that I’d like to get involved with, such as the Shakespeare Festival, and now I’ll have more time to do that kind of thing.”

Before he retires. Dr. Schwemer will help welcome psychiatrist Leo Passov, MD, to Winona Health. Dr. Passov joined Winona Health on May 4. Psychiatrist Mark Midthun, MD, will join Winona Health in June.

Those who would like to send a retirement message to Dr. Schwemer through the Winona Health website can so here.

Welcome Leo Passov, MD, to Behavioral Health

Leo Passov, MD

Leo Passov, MD

Leo Passov, MD, joined the Winona Health Behavioral Health team and will work with individuals in inpatient Behavioral Health and outpatient Psychiatric & Counseling Services.

“One of the reasons I chose Winona Health is because so many healthcare systems are getting too big. I like the way Winona Health sticks to its values, focuses on caring for its community and truly strives for excellence.”

Dr. Passov is experienced in adult psychiatry assessment and medication follow along. He provided care for patients with serious and persistent mental illness at the Rochester Community Behavioral Hospital and Zumbro Valley Health Center in Rochester, Minn. He has a special interest in inpatient care, and in bringing new services to the community.

Dr. Passov earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison, Wis. He completed residency in General Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a member board of the Board of Medical Specialties.

When asked why he chose to become a psychiatrist, Dr. Passov said, “I like the breadth and the unique insights of this specialty. There are many ways to help people through taking a comprehensive view of the person’s health, one that includes brain functioning component.”

In his free time, Dr. Passov enjoys computer programming and electronics design. He also likes to travel.

To make an appointment with Dr. Passov, please call Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services at 507.454.2606.

 

 

All Stressed up and Nowhere to go? Free Health Talk

Winona Health is here to help!

Get tips for handling stress at Winona Health’s free Health Talk: All stressed up and nowhere to go, Thursday, May 21, 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.

Your body is equipped to deal with normal amounts of stress; however, when you experience prolonged states of stress, it can have a negative impact on your mental and physical health. Studies have found that almost half of all adults suffer from stress-related health issues.

“Unrelieved stress can contribute to numerous health issues, including headaches, high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, chest pain, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes,” says Cassie Boddy, MSW, LGSW, a social worker at Winona Health. “The good news is: there are many activities and techniques that can help you to manage your stress and keep it at a healthy level.”

Get helpful information about managing stress at Winona Health’s free Health Talk: All Stressed up and Nowhere to Go, Thursday, May 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

It’s free for Winona Health Spirit of Women members (Spirit membership is free and there are several benefits—sign up online or at the event). Men are also welcome to attend.

Click below or call 507.457.4161 for more information.

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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, March 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

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 facilitate this program using authorized forms. The session covers both Minnesota and Wisconsin Healthcare Directives.

A follow-up session for those who have questions or would like to compete or have their directive reviewed will be held Monday, June 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the same location.

These sessions are free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required. All adults age of 18 and older are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

Winona Health Auxiliary Healthcare Directive facilitators are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.