Welcome Michelle Copley, CNP!

Michelle (shelly) Copley, CNP

Michelle Copley, CNP

Michelle (Shelly) Copley, previously Wiste, CNP, has joined the Winona Health staff and works with Internal Medicine physicians to provide care for area residents in long-term and transitional care.

“I’m from Stewartville and I chose Winona Health because I love this area,” said Copley. “The welcoming, small-town atmosphere appeals to me.” Copley added that she enjoys working with older people and taking the time to get to know them. “They have fascinating stories.”

Copley is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Master’s in Nursing – Adult and Gerontology Nurse Practitioner through Walden University Online Campus, and completed her clinical rotations in North St. Paul and Hendricks, Minn.

Prior to pursuing her Master’s Degree, Copley earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. As a registered nurse, Copley received a Medical Specialty Award from the Department of Nursing at Mayo clinic and served as the department’s Chair of the Medical Specialty Staff Development Committee.

In her free time, Copley enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and extended family.

For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click on Find a Provider.

Sewing Day: Wed., Oct. 14

Like to sew?
You’re invited to pillowcase sewing day, Wednesday, October 14

Sara Gabrick and Robin Trombetta with a sample of their pillowcases for surgery patients.

Sara Gabrick and Robin Trombetta with a sample of their pillowcases for surgery patients.

When facing surgery, smiles may not be the norm. But lovely, hand-crafted pillowcases are bringing smiles to patients at Winona Health.

The idea of providing patients with a colorful pillowcase was initiated by two neighborhood friends who share a love of quilting. Robin Trombetta and Sara Gabrick, who is also service line leader for Specialty Services at Winona Health, decided their extra material could be used to create unique pillowcases, each with coordinating colored trim and end panel.

Robin and Sara invite others to help them in this creative endeavor. Volunteers are needed to cut material, choose patterns and colors and sew the case. The first ‘sewing bee’ will be held in BA Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor, Wednesday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come for a couple of hours or all day.

“Our patients are delighted to choose their personal pillowcase that will follow them through surgery, to the inpatient unit and then home. It brings a smile to their face and softens the fear of procedure,” said Sara.

If you have questions about the sewing day, email rltrombetta@gmail.com or call Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.

Donations are also accepted to the ‘Sewing Fund’ through the Winona Health Foundation.

About mammography by Dr. Bill Krueger

3D Mammography: Helpful or not?
By radiologist Bill Krueger, Winona Health

William Krueger, DO

Radiologist Bill Krueger

Several weeks ago one of my physician colleagues asked me about the three-dimensional mammography equipment at Winona Health. She was asking the right person, because, as a diagnostic radiologist, I am the physician who evaluates mammograms.
I told her that it’s amazing technology, and we are lucky to have it right here in Winona. Here’s why.

Studies show that 3D mammography improves both sensitivity and specificity, which is to say that it improves the radiologist’s ability to detect abnormalities in the breast, while simultaneously improving the radiologist’s ability to differentiate between abnormalities that are worrisome and abnormalities which are not of concern.

3D mammography makes a real difference in patient care. We are finding breast cancers that are not seen or not easily seen on 2D mammography, and we are also finding that we do not need to call some patients back for additional views (that otherwise would have been called back), because of the added capability of the 3D technology.

When you get your mammogram at Winona Health, you gain the benefit of getting both the traditional 2D mammogram and the 3D mammography images. And the radiologist reviews both.
Despite its benefits, 3D mammography is only available at a fraction of facilities throughout the nation. Winona Health recognized the benefits of 3D mammography and installed this advanced technology in 2013, being the first in the region to offer women this high level of imaging. Those of us who perform and interpret your mammograms are finding that 3D mammography makes a real difference in patient care.

3D mammography is amazing technology. And it’s available for you right here in Winona. I hope you’ll chose Winona Health when it’s time to schedule your next mammogram.
Regular screening increases early detection — and peace of mind

Early detection and peace of mind

Winona Health radiologists, Justin Albanese, MD, and William Krueger, DO, encourage women to get screening mammograms as recommended by their primary healthcare provider and the American Cancer Society.

For the best chance of early breast cancer detection, women should:
• Begin doing self breast exams in their 20s.
• Get a breast exam by a healthcare provider every three years between ages 20 and 40.
• Have a mammogram every year beginning at age 40 (Recommended by the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology).
• Share their family history of breast cancer with their healthcare provider as certain risk factors may indicate a need for a screening mammogram at an earlier age.
• Schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider if they have a lump, pain or nipple discharge.

Be vigilant in protecting your health
Talk with your doctor about your risk and whether you should have additional tests or begin screening for breast cancer at an earlier age.

The vast majority of mammograms reassure women that everything is okay…
Most breast lumps are harmless, but they should be checked to be sure. “When a possible abnormality is detected, we call you back for further imaging…which may include additional mammogram views and/or an ultrasound,” said Dr. Krueger. “There could be a number of things that show up in a mammogram, and not all of them mean cancer—but it’s important to find out.”

To schedule a mammogram at Winona Health, call 507.457.4320. If cost is a concern, contact your primary care provider and ask about the SAGE program.

Flu shot clinic dates

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:

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20 to Friday, October 23
Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30

Check in for a flu shot will be 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 here.

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

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New MRI Suite: Open House Wednesday, October 7

Community invited to a rare opportunity:
A behind-the-scenes look at newest, high-tech MRI suite

Winona Health is offering community members a behind-the-scenes look at its recently upgraded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Suite. The new Winona Health MRI provides a better experience for patients and the highest quality images for radiologists.

“This powerful equipment is right here in Winona,” said radiologist William Krueger. We may be a small community hospital but our Imaging Department has outstanding technology. Our team is very excited to show it to the community. Quality images improve our ability to differentiate between what’s of concern and what’s normal. It is a privilege to work at a healthcare facility with this level of technology as it is so critical to our diagnoses and treatment.”

Community members are invited to drop in at the open house any time between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7. Please use the main clinic entrance at 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn.

• Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the MRI suite
• Enjoy refreshments and see a demo of the new MRI technology
• Ask questions! Radiologists and Imaging staff will be on hand with answers

“The best of the best really is available locally,” said Claudine Van Meeteren, director of Imaging Services. “Our dedicated staff and spa-like experience are focused on providing excellent personal care. We’re excited to show people what’s available right here at Winona Health.”

Winona Health has had in-house MRI capabilities 2006, but with recently expanded specialty services now available, it was time to upgrade. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to diagnose possible issues including internal bleeding, tumors, injury, blood vessel diseases or infection and MRI exams provide more detailed information about problems seen on an X-ray, ultrasound scan, or CT scan.

More about Winona Health Imaging Services.

Meet our radiologists
Justin Albanese, MD
William Krueger, DO

Fireworks! Tuesday, October 6

Residents enjoying last year's Lake Winona Manor fireworks.

Residents enjoying last year’s Lake Winona Manor fireworks.

Winona Health Lake Winona Manor lights up the sky Tuesday, October 6

Winona Health Lake Winona Manor is treating residents and their families to fireworks on Tuesday, October 6. Community members also are welcome. The fireworks display will begin at 7 p.m. and will last approximately 20 minutes.

For many skilled nursing care residents, it’s difficult to attend a fireworks show–so Winona Health’s Lake Winona Manor staff brings the fireworks to the residents.

“Our residents love this event.” said Jennifer Schultz, a Lake Winona Manor certified therapeutic recreation specialist. “We are grateful to those who have given to support the fireworks at Lake Winona Manor. Their generosity makes this event possible.”

The fireworks will be over Lake Winona in Lake Winona Manor’s north parking area. Parking is available in the Winona Health parking ramp, near Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors, the Winona Clinic lot and the Lake Winona Manor south lot. The east and west entrance to Parks Avenue will be blocked.

In the event of bad weather, the fireworks will be held the following evening. Those who have questions may call 507.494.5725.

Free Hands Only CPR Workshops

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN Winona Health Intensive Care Unit Minnesota Caregiver of the Year

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN
Winona Health Intensive Care Unit
Minnesota Caregiver of the Year

Saturday, October 24, Helen Bagshaw, CCRN, will offer free Hands Only CPR workshops to teach you, your friends and family how to help someone having sudden cardiac arrest.

The workshops will be informative and fun. All ages 12 and older are welcome. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The workshops will be in Winona Health’s B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn.

“People may be surprised to learn that saving someone’s life doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hands only CPR is easy to learn, and you never know when you may have the opportunity to save a life,” says Bagshaw, a Winona Health ICU nurse. She also will share information about what to do when someone is choking and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Here are a few good reasons to sign up:
• 89% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
• ‘Hands Only CPR’ can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
• Each year, sudden cardiac arrest causes more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Free, half-hour workshops are limited to 14 people per session:
8:30 – 9 a.m.
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
10 – 10:30 a.m.
10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
11:30 – 12 p.m.

RSVP for a specific time is required by Thursday, October 22. RSVP by calling 507.457.4161 or online by clicking the desired workshop time above.

Physical Therapy now offered in Fountain City

Travis Kramolis, PT

Travis Kramolis, PT

Beginning October 5, 2015, Winona Health will offer physical therapy services in Fountain City.

Winona Health’s physical therapy services will be located at St. Michael’s Assisted Living, 270 North Street in Fountain City. No matter where they go for healthcare services, Fountain City area residents can receive physical therapy close to home.

Initially, physical therapy services will be available in Fountain City two days per week by Winona Health physical therapist Travis Kramolis, PT.

“Physical therapy can make all the difference in how someone recovers from an injury or surgery, but sometimes people don’t take advantage of referrals to physical therapy because it’s inconvenient,” says Kramolis, “Offering services in Fountain City is one way we can make it more convenient for people to get the care they need.”

Kramolis has been a practicing physical therapist for more than eight years. He treats patients of all ages and diagnoses and has a special interest in Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. He also serves as one of the Rehabilitation Therapy managers for Winona Health. He earned his Physical Therapy degree at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Kramolis said he is looking forward to seeing some current clients who now won’t need to drive to Winona and helping more area residents meet their goals.

In addition to Fountain City, Winona Health offers physical therapy services in Winona and Rushford.

For a referral to Winona Health’s Physical Therapy Services, contact your primary care provider, or for more information call Winona Health’s Therapy Services Department at 507.457.4329.

Conservative Management Clinic: New service to help with pain medication management

senior man relaxing at the parkHealthcare providers at Winona Health are developing a Conservative Management Clinic to further personalize care and to improve safety. The new service, currently in a trial phase, helps people who are on prescription pain medication better manage their pain and their medication needs.

“Pain medication management can be complicated. This new approach allows us to put more focus on each person’s needs,” said E. Allen Beguin, MD, medical chief for Primary Care Services at Winona Health. “In addition to improving safety, in some cases, we can help people improve their quality of life by helping them become less dependent on medications that may have negative side effects.”

Dr. Beguin notes a nation-wide problem with prescription medications including accidental overdose or getting into the wrong hands. In 2010, more than 16,000 U.S. deaths were attributed to controlled substance overdoses.

“Many pain medications can be dangerous when taken for extended periods or in high doses,” says Dr. Beguin. “And while they may control pain, some medications have a detrimental effect on other aspects of life—such as cognitive and physical functioning. We’ll evaluate the source of their pain and then help people find the safest, most effective way to lessen the pain.”

Access to this service is currently limited during the developmental phase. Those interested in a referral to the Conservative Management Clinic are asked to discuss it at their next appointment with their primary care provider.

For answers to frequently asked questions, click below.


Free Health Talk: No Bones About It

Amarjit Virdi, MD

Amarjit Virdi, MD

Amarjit Virdi, MD, a Winona Health anesthesiologist and pain management specialist will present a free Health Talk: No Bones About It, Thursday, October 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the B. A. Miller Auditorium at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Lower back pain, joint pain, aches and stiffness are among the most common pain-related complaints. Winona Health staff are committed to helping you improve you quality of life by reducing pain. This free Health Talk: No Bones About It, can help you and your family make informed decisions about preventing or managing pain. This information also can serve starting point for a discussion with your physician.

Although this Health Talk is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming, men are also encouraged to attend this free event about pain symptoms, risk factors, management, treatment and prevention.

RSVP is requested by Tuesday, October 13.

RSVP  Learn about Spirit

If you have questions, please call 507.457.4161.