Thank you to our healthcare providers – Healthcare Providers’ Day is March 30.

On March 30, communities across the nation will observe National Doctors’ Day. At Winona Health, we consider it National­­­­­ Providers’ Day to acknowledge the physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants on our medical staff.

More than 90 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners provider primary care services and expertise in 20 specialties at Winona Health. In addition, providers from area healthcare organizations offer outreach services in Winona.

We invite you, our patients and families, to help us make this day a special one for the healthcare provider who cared for you or a loved one.

To honor your special healthcare provider for their exceptional care and compassion, consider sending a donation in their honor to the Winona Health Foundation. Your thoughtful tribute will not only be appreciated by the provider but also will recognize their special expertise and care. Your recognition will be….

  • Sent to the physician, nurse practitioner of physician assistant. The gift amount will be confidential.
  • Listed on the Winona Health Foundation website under Winona Health Foundation – Provider Day Honorees.
  • Acknowledged in the next edition of the Winona Health Healthy Connections

Thank you for helping us acknowledge our remarkable medical staff! A meaningful tribute from a grateful patient is sure to make this a special day for a provider who has made a difference in your life.

If you’d like to share a message and/or make a contribution, please direct it to: Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, MN 55987. To make a gift online, click here.  If you have questions, please contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328.

Free Cooking Demo

Chef Demo fbWinona Health’s Food & Nutrition staff invites community members to a free cooking demo Wednesday March 25. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health.

In addition to the cooking demo by Winona Health chef Matt Repaal, Winona Health dietitians will be on hand to answer questions.

“Our goal as a healthcare organization is to help people stay healthy or to improve their health, so we wanted to do something special for community members during National Nutrition month,” said Joe Riley, food service director at Winona Health. “We’re celebrating nutrition month by showing people how easy and delicious nutritious food can be.”

Chef Repaal will demonstrate turkey avocado quinoa salad pita; balsamic zucchini and pepper salad; and strawberry angel food trifle.

Those attending can ask questions and pick up recipes while supplies last.

Questions can be directed to Winona Health’s Food & Nutrition Department at 507.494.7370.




Free Class: Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Winona Health is offering a free six-week Health Class: Living Well with Chronic Conditions.

The class will meet 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from April 9 to May 14, in the Lake Winona Manor classroom at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Register here.

The class is self-management workshop for individuals with any chronic condition including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic pain or other physical and mental health conditions.

During the six-week program, participants will develop action plans to help with pain control, healthy eating, healthy activities and ways to communicate with family, friends and health care providers.

There is no charge for this Health Class, but participants have the option of purchasing the manual for $20.

Although the class is free, class size is limited and registration is required by Friday, April 3. To register call 507.453.3741 or register here.

Sit to Fit: An Active Start

Live Well Winona, Winona Health and Gundersen Health System are teaming up to help area residents put a little spring in their step.

Sit to Fit: An Active Start is a nine-week program designed for those who want to become more active. The program kicks off Thursday, April 16 and is open to community members of all ages and fitness levels.

“Our goal is to promote health and wellness throughout the community and to provide support and encouragement to those who want to become more active,” says Jessica Remington, Winona Health director of Health and Wellness Services. “It’s amazing how good a little exercise makes you feel.”

Physical therapy, sports medicine and cardiac rehabilitation from Gundersen Health System and Winona Health will lead programs to ensure individuals get started safely and to help each person stay motivated to reach their goals. The program also includes a nutrition component covering goal setting and healthy eating with Winona Health and Hy-Vee nutrition experts.

“Sit to Fit is designed to help people make small but important lifestyle changes,” says Gundersen Health’s Becky Heinert, MS, PT, SCS, PES. “It’s a great opportunity to get motivated, have group support and to help inspire others.”

Sit to Fit registration is open now, and the program officially kicks off Thursday, April 16, at 6 p.m. at the Winona Senior High School, 901 Gilmore Avenue in Winona. Throughout the nine-week program, registered participants are invited to attend educational programs and meet for group walks or runs.

The program wraps up June 27, at the Team Vogel Road Race, a run/walk to raise money to help area families affected by cancer. Sit to Fit participants are encouraged, but not required, to register for the run/walk to celebrate their progress.

Sit to Fit registration is $15 per person, which includes a t-shirt. Proceeds will be shared among Team Vogel and the Winona Senior High School Track and Cross Country teams.

Sit to Fit is part of Live Well Winona’s Mississippi Medley 2015. Register online here. For more information about the Mississippi Medley, click here. Visit the Live Well Winona office at 619 Huff Street, or call 507.474.9825.






Hospice volunteer training offered

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. To begin the process of becoming a Winona Health Hospice Volunteer, contact Winona Health Hospice at 507.457.4468.

Initial Training will begin on Tuesday, April 28 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. or Friday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the training room at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E Wabasha Street in Winona.

“We provide extensive training, covering everything from understanding the bereavement process to the various roles of hospice volunteers and nurses including how to support families,” said Sue Kronebusch, hospice volunteer coordinator. “Volunteers provide a wonderful service to individuals and families, and they often find their own lives enriched.”

The training includes an independent study section that volunteers have a month to complete. The final required volunteer orientation will take place on Tuesday, June 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. or Friday June 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Senior Living at Watkins.

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families, providing compassionate care and reducing suffering during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

Registration is open through Friday, April 17, 2015. Those interested can contact

Sue Kronebusch through email or call the hospice office at 507.457.4468.

Winona Health Hospice serves communities within a 35-mile radius of Winona. To learn more about Winona Health Hospice Services, visit or call 507.457.4468.


Nutrition Month Cooking Demos

Winona Health’s Food & Nutrition staff invites community members to free cooking demos Wednesday, March 11 and Wednesday March 25. The cooking demos will take place between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health.

In addition to the cooking demos by Winona Health chef Matt Repaal, Winona Health dietitians will be on hand to answer questions.

“Our goal as a healthcare organization is to help people stay healthy or to improve their health, so we wanted to do something special for community members during National Nutrition month,” said Joe Riley, food service director at Winona Health. “So, we’re celebrating nutrition month by showing people how easy and delicious nutritious food can be.”

Wednesday, March 11, chef Repaal will demonstrate chimi chicken salad sandwiches; fiesta fresh quinoa and roasted corn salad; and fruit pizza.

Wednesday, March 25, chef Repaal will demonstrate turkey avocado quinoa salad pita; balsamic zucchini and pepper salad; and strawberry angel food trifle.

Those attending can ask questions and pick up recipes while supplies last.

Questions can be directed to Winona Health’s Food & Nutrition Department at 507.494.7370.




March Millions: Your gift could be doubled!

Winona Health Foundation chosen for March Millions –give a gift and your gift will be doubled!

The Winona Health Foundation was chosen as one of the organizations to participate in the Otto Bremer Foundation March Millions.

The Bremer Foundation will match gifts until the one million has run out. This is an amazing opportunity to double your gift to the Winona Health Foundation. Your generosity supports local healthcare services and a growing number of area individuals and families when they need help the most.

Every day in March, one lucky contributor will be selected for a “Bremer Boost,” which is a $1,000 prize to be added to their gift. To encourage giving throughout the month, a $10,000 gift will be awarded on March 31, the last day of the challenge.

Please consider a gift to the Winona Health Foundation. To make a gift during the March Millions campaign, click here.

Those who have questions may call the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.3328.



Free Healthcare Directives Program

Do your loved ones know what you want?

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold an informational program about Healthcare Directives on Monday, March 16, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

This program will provide information about the need for and benefits of having a Healthcare Directive. 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 will facilitate this program with participants using authorized forms. The session will cover both Minnesota and Wisconsin Healthcare Directives.

A follow-up session will be held Monday, March 30, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health. This session is for individuals who have attended the Healthcare Directives Informational Session but have questions or would like assistance in completing their personal directive or to have a Healthcare Directives Facilitator review a completed directive.

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.

Our trained Auxiliary volunteers are also available to give presentations about Health Care Directives to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328. 


Health Talk: Preventing Sexual & Domestic Abuse

Winona Health invites community members to a free Health Talk, Changing Community Norms: Preventing Sexual & Domestic Abuse, Thursday, March 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The program will be at Winona Health in the B. A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor.

This Health Talk led by Helen Bagshaw, CCRN, will provide information about what’s happening locally and how individuals can take action to stop violence.

Bagshaw is an Intensive Care Unit nurse and has been a CPR and Nonviolent Crisis Prevention instructor at Winona Health since 2005. She is a member of the Winona County Sexual and Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Project Steering Committee and has served on its speaker’s bureau since 2010.

Beliefs, attitudes and knowledge shape how a community allows violence to exist within its midst. This free Health Talk will provide insight into what individuals can do to make a difference in the community.

The program is free but RSVP is required by Tuesday, March 24. To RSVP, call 507.457.4161, or click here to register online.


Among only 7 percent in the nation for IT award

Independent, rural community health system, Winona Health, earns national award for advanced Information Technology

A rural Minnesota, independent community healthcare system is among the top 7 percent of healthcare systems in the nation when it comes to using information technology to improve healthcare quality, safety and outcomes.

Winona Health, nestled in Winona, Minn., (population 28,000) along the Mississippi river in southeast Minnesota, has been a pioneer in health information technology adoption to improve care since 2001 when it was among the first healthcare organizations to develop an integrated electronic medical record system. Today, the organization conducts healthcare appointments in a paperless environment.

After a rigorous, independent onsite visit during which evaluators observed healthcare providers and nurses caring for patients using the organization’s electronic patient records, they announced that Winona Health met the criteria to earn the HIMSS* Stage 7 Ambulatory award. This award honors organizations operating in a paperless environment and representing best practices in implementing electronic health records.

Evaluators observed several best practices in population health including increased breast cancer screening and depression screening, improved care for patients with diabetes, and community engagement programs such as the Community Care Network. Less than 7 percent of clinics nationwide have achieved this award.

“It is very rewarding, because our goal is to improve healthcare for our patients. It’s always about the patient,” said Daniel Parker, MD, chief of the medical staff at Winona Health. “This achievement has been an ongoing team effort, and it reflects that our data-driven, lean management culture is embedded throughout our organization. Our IT partner, Cerner ITWorks, is completely integrated with our staff and that close collaboration is key to our ability to leverage IT when it comes to patient care.”

“Winona Health is a great example of an organization that is putting the person at the center of care,” said Zane Burke, president of Cerner. “We applaud Winona’s industry leadership, especially in helping us advance interoperability by connecting organizations with different EHR systems and facilitating electronic communication between patients and care providers.”

In addition to facilitating personalized care, technology also empowers individuals to take charge of and improve their health.

“Long before most healthcare organizations were contemplating electronic records, Winona Health was beginning to transform healthcare delivery through technology,” said Kathleen Lanik, chief Quality and Safety officer. “In addition to implementing technology to streamline processes like provider orders and visit documentation in real time, we’ve continued to add patient-requested features to our secure patient portal, My Winona Health, making it easier for patients to access their health records and communicate with us at their convenience.”

Winona Health will continue to strategically leverage technology to revolutionize community healthcare.

For more information about Winona Health, visit


*HIMSS – Health Information Management Systems Society.

About Winona Health

Founded in 1894 and located on the Mississippi River in southeast Minnesota, Winona Health is a nonprofit healthcare system meeting the lifelong needs of the Winona regional community. With nearly 1,200 employees, the healthcare system includes more than 50 physicians and 40 associate providers. Winona Health cares for the community through its primary care clinics, surgical and specialty clinics, an urgent care clinic, emergency department, 99-bed hospital, skilled nursing home, assisted living appartments, and home care, paliative care and hospice services. In addition, Winona Health has a primary care clinic in Rushford, Minn. Winona Health is governed by a volunteer board of directors who guide the organization’s fulfillment of its mission: to improve the health and well-being of the community.

Winona Health earned the Performance Excellence Network‘s 2013 Performance Excellence Award, which is based on the nationally-recognized Baldrige criteria. It has also been recognized 10 times as one of the Most Wired small and rural hospitals. For more information about Winona Health:

About Cerner

Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 18,000 facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients’ clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, visit, read our blog at, connect with us on Twitter at and on Facebook at

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