Educational Program by Mission 21: Human Trafficking

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Winona Health is hosting an educational program for community members to learn about the prevalence of Human Trafficking, Thursday, May 8 from 12 to 1 p.m. The program will be at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in the B. A. Miller Auditorium on the third floor of the hospital. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch or arrive in time to purchase lunch in the hospital’s Lakeside Café.

This program, led by Lia Culbert and Emily Walters from an organization called Mission 21, will give attendees an overview of what human trafficking is and what to do or say if you come into contact with someone you believe is a victim of human trafficking.

Mission 21 serves female and male children, up to the ages of 21, who are victims of domestic minor sex trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation. Mission 21 provides these victims with food, clothing and emergency medical services as well as on-going case management. This anti-trafficking service provider has been committed to the complete restoration of child victims of sex trafficking since 2010. More information about Mission 21 is available on the organizations website:

Local law enforcement will also be present to discuss what Winona County is doing to address these concerns.

The program is free but RSVP is required by Monday, May 5. To RSVP, call 507.457.4161 or online here.


Special Edition Breakfast with the Experts

Winona Health invites employers to a special edition Breakfast with the Experts: Preventing Sexual Violence in the Workplace Toolkit

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Winona Health invites area employers to RSVP for a special edition Breakfast with the Experts: Preventing Sexual Violence in the Workplace Toolkit, Wednesday, May 7, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

This special edition Breakfast with the Experts will explain how to create and implement policies that prevent sexual and domestic violence and provide employers with a toolkit to get started.

Helen Bagshaw, RN, a Winona Health nurse and a volunteer with the Winona County Primary Prevention Project; Lynn Theurer, Winona County Primary Prevention Project Secretary; and a panel of human resources and business experts will be the presenters.

The program will be in Winona Health’s B. A. Miller Auditorium, third floor of the hospital, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. The program is free; however, for planning purposes, reservations are required. A complimentary breakfast is included. RSVP by Friday, May 2. RSVP online here or by email:

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. To learn more about the occupational health services and wellness programs available to area businesses, call 507.474.3212.


Holiday Hours – April 2014

Winona Health will observe the following holiday hours the weekend of April 18 – 20.

Friday, April 18:

• Winona Health clinics open 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 19:

• Urgent Care open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 20:

• Urgent Care closed 

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona is always open. In an emergency, call 911.

For more information about Winona Health, visit or call 507.454.3650.


Auxiliary Mother’s Day Springtime Tea set for Saturday, May 10

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Tea will be Saturday, May 10. This year’s event will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, #327, 4540 N. Service Drive, Winona, Minn. Tickets are $15 at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby at 855 Mankato Ave.

The Mother’s Day Springtime Tea, formerly the Victorian Tea, is an elegant event which has become a traditional Mother’s Day celebration. The tea raises funds for Winona Health Auxiliary projects, including healthcare scholarships and enhancing the healing environment for Winona Health’s Behavioral Medicine Department.

The menu includes rose tea, punch and a variety of afternoon tea treats. A special children’s menu also is available. Bring that special lady, mother, daughter, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, niece, grandmother or friend. Men and Boys are welcome too. The little girls (and boys) will have an opportunity to model their tea-time outfit.

Flowers arranged in colorful teapots will be available for purchase. The potted tea pots are great Mother’s Day gifts!

Tickets go fast and the event is usually a sellout. Tickets are $15 at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby at 855 Mankato Ave. If questions, please call 507.474.3328.


Home Care receives honors for patient experience

Winona Health Home Care was named a 2013 HHCAHPS Honors recipient, an award recognizing home health agencies that provide the best patient experience.

Deyta, an organization that measures patients’ satisfaction with home health care services, recognizes the top 20 percent of agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction as measured from the patient’s point of view.

HHCAHPS Honors acknowledges the highest performing agencies ranked by analyzing satisfaction measures covering both performance and improvement of care over a twelve-month period. Winona Health Home Care was compared to more than 1,800 eligible home health agencies.

Winona Health Home Care serves individuals in Minnesota and Wisconsin within a 35 mile radius of Winona. For more information about services offered through Home Care, call 507.457.4468 or learn more online at


Join fellow book lovers for Authors Luncheon

Enjoy lunch with your fellow book lovers at the Winona Health Auxiliary’s Authors Luncheon, Monday, April 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Westfield Golf Course, 1460 W. 5th Street in Winona. This year’s luncheon features three Minnesota authors: Peter Geye, Nicole Helget and Chris Monroe. 

Peter GeyePeter Geye, “The Lighthouse Road” Fiction

Peter Geye has crafted another deeply moving tale of a misbegotten family shaped by the rough landscape in which they live. A young immigrant woman settles into life outside Duluth in the 1890s, still shocked at finding herself alone in a new country. Peter Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 




Nicole HelgetNicole Helget, “Stillwater” Historical Fiction

Stillwater becomes an important stop on the Underground Railroad. As Clement and Angel grow up and the country marches to war, their lives are changed by many battles for freedom and by losses in the struggle for independence, large and small. Nicole Helget grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota.







Chris MonroeChris Monroe, “Monkey with a Tool Belt” Children’s Literature

Whether you need a beebersaw or a chisel, Chico Bon Bon’s your monkey. He can build or fix just about anything-from a dock for the ducks to a clock for the Clucks. But will his tools and wit save him when an organ grinder sets his sights on making Chico a circus star? Chris Monroe was born and currently lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Tickets for the Authors Luncheon are $20 and are available in advance in the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health and at The Book Shelf, 162 W. 2nd Street, downtown Winona.

Book sales will be conducted by The Book Shelf, with a portion of the sales to benefit the fundraiser. This year, the community’s generous support of Auxiliary events will go toward healthcare scholarships and enhancing the healing environment in Winona Health’s Behavioral Medicine Department.

For more information, about the Authors Luncheon or about the Winona Health Auxiliary, please call Winona Health’s Community Engagement Department at 507.474.3328.



Hospice seeking volunteers, offering training

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. The training consists of attending one of the following training sessions:

  • Monday, April 28, 2014, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


  • Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Training sessions will be at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona.

In addition, participants will need to attend one of the following volunteer orientations sessions:

  • Monday, June 9, 2014, 4 – 6 p.m.


  • Friday, June 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

Orientation sessions will be at Winona Health, 855Mankato Ave. in the B.A. Miller Auditorium (hospital 3rd floor). 

“We provide extensive training, covering everything from the various roles of hospice volunteers and nurses, to how to support families and understanding the bereavement process,” said Sheila Skeels, LSW, with Winona Health Hospice. “Volunteers provide a wonderful service to individuals and families, and they often find their own lives enriched.”

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

To register, or for more information, contact Helen Kingsbury at or call the hospice office at 507.457.4468.  Registration is open through Monday, April 18, 2014.


Dr. Fenske’s retirement open house–Sunday, March 30

fenske_webArnold Fenske, MD, Winona Health Internal Medicine physician, is retiring after a 60-year medical career, 54 of which were spent caring for the Winona community.

To honor and celebrate Dr. Fenske’s years of services, Winona Health invites community members to a retirement open house Sunday, March 30, 2 – 4 p.m. on the clinic first floor at 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

“It’s difficult to imagine, really imagine, what Dr. Fenske has seen and experienced throughout his 60-year medical career,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “He is a remarkable man and a remarkable physician who has made a difference at Winona Health and to the countless community members he has cared for.”

In his letter of intent to retire, Dr. Fenske wrote, “I am most grateful for my many decades of association with outstanding physicians who have been so supporting in sharing their knowledge and skills to maintain our goal of high quality care for all of our patients. My thanks and deep appreciation to these colleagues and partners in patient care.”

In honor of Dr. Fenske’s years of service, Winona Heath has made a gift to the Winona Health Foundation.

Those wishing to send a message to Dr. Fenske regarding his retirement through the Winona Health website can so here


John Gallagher, MD, selected to state ACEP board

Gallagher_med_rgbJohn Gallagher, MD, a Winona Health Emergency Department physician and medical director for Winona Area Ambulance Service, recently was selected to serve on the board of directors for the Minnesota chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (MN-ACEP).

Minnesota ACEP is the state chapter of the national American College of Emergency Physicians. Founded in 1972, the chapter represents approximately 600 emergency physicians, residents and medical students throughout Minnesota. The organization’s goal is to support the highest quality emergency medical care.

“Serving on this board gives Winona a voice on the state level, and it’s an opportunity to share our perspective on providing emergency services in a smaller community,” noted Dr. Gallagher. “I’m pleased to represent Winona Health, our patients and our community on the state ACEP board.”

Dr. Gallagher also serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director’s Association, an organization of EMS medical directors dedicated to improving 911 care in Minnesota. Dr. Gallagher joined Winona Health in 2012.






WSU Health Promotion Mental Health Needs Survey

Winona State University Health Promotion project: Mental Health Needs Survey

Winona State University Health Promotion students in the Program Planning course are working with Winona Health on a mental health access project. The goal of the project is collect data to further efforts to improve access to mental health resources and services in Winona County.

The project stems from the Community Health Needs Assessment completed in 2013 by Winona Health in collaboration with Winona County Public Health. Based on data from that assessment, mental health was determined to be one of the top three community health priorities.

Using the Community Health Needs Assessment as a resource, the students created a survey to further understand mental health needs in Winona County. If the response to their survey is statistically significant, the data could be used by collaborating organizations to improve access to services and increase mental health awareness and education in Winona County.

The students invite all Winona County residents to participate in the survey. There are no appreciable risks or benefits to participating in the study. The original survey deadline has been extended through April 30, 2014. Completing the survey takes approximately 10 minutes : Mental Health Needs Survey

All responses are anonymous and confidential. It will not be possible for anyone to identify your responses or to know your name. Questions about this research project can be directed to Dr. Peter Sternberg at 507.457.5693 or by email: