Hospice gathering helps families honor memories

One of the rocks decorated to celebrate a loved one at the Winona Health Hospice remembrance gathering.

One of the rocks decorated to celebrate a loved one at the Hospice remembrance gathering.

Winona Health Hospice recently hosted the summer remembrance gathering, “Rock of Our Foundation” at Farmers Park.

Event attendees celebrated memories and shared the “foundations” that loved ones built. Families decorated a rock to take home as a symbol of the “Rock of Our Foundation.” The gathering was made possible by those who have made generous donations to Winona Hospice Services through the Winona Health Foundation.

More than 30 family members and caregivers who have lost a loved one within the last 13 months attended the event to celebrate memories and reconnect with Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers.

To learn more about Winona Health Hospice, call 507.457.4468 or click here.

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Photo: One of the rocks decorated to celebrate a loved one at the Winona Health Hospice remembrance gathering.

 

Free Health Class: Matter of Balance

Winona Health is offering a free eight-week Health Class: Matter of Balance. The class meets Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. from September 10 through October 29.

The class is for community members who are concerned about falling, interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength, have fallen in the past or have restricted activities due to falling concerns. Participants will learn how to views 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. There is no charge for this Health Class, but the class size is limited and RSVP is required by Friday, September 5. Call 507.453.3741 or online here.

 

 

Free program: Healthcare Directives

Mark your calendar: Learn how to make your wishes known 

The Winona Health Auxiliary offers a free Healthcare Directive program to help individuals document their wishes regarding healthcare services so their families will be informed if necessary. 

The next free program about Healthcare Directives will be Monday, July 21, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Winona Health Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor, 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. All individuals age 18 and older are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive. 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 at the same time in the same location, Monday, August 4. This is an opportunity for individuals who have attended the informational session to get 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.

Auxiliary volunteers are also available to give group presentations in the community about making their wishes known through a Healthcare Directive. If you have questions about the program, please call 507.474.3328.

 

HealingScapes: Vote for your favorite photos

The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to vote on this year’s HealingScapes™ photo competition entries beginning Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 25.

Photos are on display at Winona Health in hallway connecting the hospital and clinic. Photos can be viewed and voted on Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. from July 7 through July 25.

Entries will be judged on technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Winning entries will be determined by the popular vote of the community, photographers, Winona Health staff and a panel of judges. Winning entries will be enlarged and made into canvas prints. The canvas prints will be placed in the Winona Health Women’s Health Center and will include information about the photographer and location of the photograph.

 

Winning photos will be unveiled at a special event for photographers, their guests and the community on Thursday, August 21 at Winona Health. Photos will be available for purchase thereafter in the Winona Health Glady D. Miller Gift Shop.

For more information about HealingScapes, call the Winona Health Community Engagement Department at 507.457.4394 or email mfidler@winonahealth.org.

 

 

 

Winona Area Ambulance Service Bike Team rolling into area events

Josh Schmelzer, EMT-Basic (left), and Kyle Rogers, Paramedic and Winona Area Ambulance Bike Team Coordinator, are among the Winona Area Ambulance Service staff available to be on hand at area events.

Josh Schmelzer, EMT-Basic (left), and Kyle Rogers, Paramedic and Winona Area Ambulance Bike Team Coordinator, are among the Winona Area Ambulance Service staff available to be on hand at area events.

The Winona Area Ambulance Service (WAAS) team can now get closer to the action at community events and closer to the people who may need their help. That’s because the WAAS Bike Team recently rolled into the community.

WAAS decided to introduce a Bike Team for a couple of reasons.

“The primary reason is to provide faster response to emergency situations at events,” explained Kyle Rogers, a WAAS paramedic and the Bike Team coordinator. “If we’re closer to where things are happening, we can begin providing care even before an ambulance can get through the crowd.”

In addition, the WAAS staff believes having a Bike Team is an opportunity to increase communication with people in the communities they are here to serve. “This is a way for us to have a presence at more events, and it’s easier to interact because we’re out in the crowd, on the bike path or just in the neighborhood,” said Rogers.

“I’m very proud of Paramedic Rogers and everyone else who was involved in getting this program up and running. The bike team is a great way for EMS [Emergency Medical Services] to interact more closely with the public at special events and become better known to the community,” said John Gallagher, MD, Winona Health Emergency Department physician and medical director for WAAS. “EMS providers have a reputation for appearing at a moment’s notice when we are called, but we are rarely seen by most people. The public, especially children, benefit from seeing and meeting our EMTs and Paramedics when all is well, because if they ever have a problem and need help, the fear of the unknown is greatly reduced. So, if you see our bike team at an event, wave them down and say hi…they’d love to meet you.”

WAAS currently has two bikes. There was no increase in staffing because the Bike Team is made up of the current WAAS paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) already serving as first responders.

The Bike Team is available for community events such as run/walks, festivals and parades. Some events may also require ambulance presence, noted Rogers, but the Bike Team will be on hand and equipped with:

• an Automated External defibrillator (AED).

• select medical supplies.

• direct communication to ambulance team and dispatch center.

The Bike Team is available throughout the WAAS service area. There is no charge to have the Bike Team at your event. If you’re planning an event and would like to have Winona Area Ambulance Service Bike Team on hand, contact:

Kyle Rogers, WAAS Bike Team coordinator, Winona Area Ambulance Service: 507.452.5351.

Please call at least two weeks prior to your event. The availability of the Bike Team is contingent on other events.

 

About Winona Area Ambulance Service:

Winona Area Ambulance Service (WAAS), a non-profit organization, serves as the sole 911 advanced life support provider for the greater Winona Area. Covering nearly 100 square miles and serving a population of approximately 50,000. With a dedicated staff of more than 26 highly skilled paramedics and EMTs WAAS provides advanced emergency medical services, pre-hospital care and transportation.

For more information about Winona Area Ambulance Service, click here.

Katie Halder, CNP, to join Rushford Clinic

Katie Halder, CNP, joined Winona Health Rushford Clinic.

Katie Halder, CNP

Katie Halder, CNP, joined the Winona Health Family Practice team and will see patients full-time at Rushford Clinic, 109 W. Jessie Street in Rushford, Minn. Katie will see patients as part of a care team with Nicholas Modjeski, MD.

“We are excited to introduce Katie to the Rushford community,” said Marti Bollman, administrator for Winona Health Primary Care Clinics. “We’ve been looking for the right healthcare provider for Rushford for a long time, and I believe community members will receive wonderful care and enjoy working with Katie.”

Halder and her family decided to move from their home in Parkers Prairie, Minn., to join Winona Health and the Rushford community. “My husband and I wanted to move our young family back to southeastern Minnesota to be closer to family. We were excited to find an opportunity with Winona Health in Rushford. We both grew up in a small town and I have practiced in a small town and find it extremely rewarding.”

Prior to joining Winona Health, Halder cared for patients at Sanford Health in Alexandria and Parkers Prairie, Minn. She is experienced in providing all aspects of primary care from well-child checks to helping patients manage chronic health conditions. She also has experience addressing mental health concerns.

Halder is certified as a Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.  She received her Master of Science-Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, including a directory with photos available for download, visit winonahealth.org and click Find a Provider.

To schedule an appointment with Katie Halder, CNP, at Rushford Clinic, call 507.864.7726.

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Photo:  Katie Halder, CNP, has joined the Winona Health medical staff and will see patients at Rushford Clinic beginning in early August.

Holiday Hours: July 2014

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic, located at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, will be open Friday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All other Winona Health clinics and retail pharmacies will be closed Friday, July 4. The Winona Clinic Pharmacy also will be closed Saturday, July 5. The Parkview Pharmacy at 825 Mankato Avenue will be open Saturday, July 5, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.          

Urgent Care wait times are available here.

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, is always open.

For information about Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org.

 

 

Golf Classic to benefit Patient Care Fund is Monday, August 11

Golf Pros: Mark McCumber and Tyler McCumber

Golf Pros: Mark McCumber and Tyler McCumber

The Ben & Adith Miller Classic, Winona Health Foundation’s premier fundraising event benefiting the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, will be Monday, August 11, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.

In addition to the 18-hole Main Event, the full day of activities includes a free public golf exhibition, a 9-hole Youth Tournament for golfers ages 11 to 18 in the morning, and the Green Monster Challenge, a 9-hole scramble during the afternoon.

Golf pros

This year’s event features golf pros Mark and Tyler McCumber sponsored by Miller Ingenuity. Mark McCumber has had ten PGA TOUR victories. He also won the 1988 World Cup in Australia representing the

Youth Tournament

The Youth Tournament begins at 7 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast. The Youth Tournament, open to youth ages 11 through 18, features a four-person scramble with prizes. Registration is $10 per person. Young golfers can register in teams or as individuals and be assigned to a foursome.

Green Monster Challenge

The Green Monster Challenge begins at 12:15 with registration and a light lunch at Cedar Valley Restaurant. After lunch, participants will head out on carts for a 1:30 shotgun start on Cedar Valley’s Green Monster course. The format is a four-person scramble with hole prizes and competition prizes. Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch, refreshments on the course, a participation gift and a photo of your foursome. Hole sponsorships are available for $500 and include registration for four.

18-hole Main Event

The Main Event begins at 11 a.m. with registration and an outdoor grilled lunch. The shotgun start is at noon, and the format is a four-person scramble. There will be hole prizes and competition prizes, followed by a reception and exhibition by Mark and Tyler McCumber and an awards banquet at Cedar Valley Restaurant. Participation in the Main Event is through a hole sponsorship only, which is $2,500 and includes the above, plus refreshments on the course, participation gift and photo with the McCumbers.

Registration for the Youth Tournament and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Thursday, July 31. Both the Youth Tournament and the Green Monster Challenge are presented by Merchants Bank. Space for all events is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

In 2013 the event raised a record $195,000 for the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund to help individuals and families pay for medical expenses.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, click here or contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4394 or mfidler@winonahealth.org.

Auxiliary gift adds comfort for patients and visitors

2013 Auxiliary Gift to Winona Health

Sheryl Miller, Winona Health Auxiliary President, demonstrates the comfort of one of the new sleeper chairs for the Inpatient Unit. (l-r): Miller; Robin Hoeg RN, MS, Service Line Leader of Inpatient Services; Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, Director of Inpatient Services; and Nancy Enochs, Auxiliary Past President.

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s 2013 gift was used to purchase new furniture for patient rooms to enhance the healing environment at Winona Health. Through various fundraisers including the $5 Jewelry Sale, Fantasy of Trees, Holiday Happiness, The Big Fall Ball and others, the Auxiliary raised more than $41,000.

The new furniture was recently delivered and arranged in patient rooms.

“Sleeper chairs in patient rooms allow family members to spend time with their loved ones more comfortably,” said Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, director of Inpatient Services. “Having these specially designed chairs will allow someone to get a nap or a good night’s rest if they want to be here with their family member.”

Through the generosity of the Auxiliary and everyone who supported Auxiliary fundraising events, Winona Health was able to purchase: 5 sleeper couches for the Family Birth Center; 6 sleeper chairs and 56 visitor chairs for the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric Unit; 9 visitor chairs for the Intensive Care Unit; and updates to both the Family Birth Center family lounge and the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric family lounge.

For more information about the Winona Health Auxiliary or volunteer opportunities at Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org or call 507.474.3328.

 

 

Free Health Talk: Sleep Apnea

Winona Health is offering a free Health Talk: The Health Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Thursday, June 5. There will be presentations from noon to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Community members are invited to attend either presentation.

RSVP is required by Tuesday, June 3. Call 507.457.4161 or register here.

The programs will be at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. Light refreshments will be provided and RSVP is required by Tuesday, June 3.

Allen Boone, RPSGT, RST, CCRC at SleepMed, Inc., will provide information about how a poor night’s sleep can impact your health. Attendees will learn about the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, how to find out whether you have it and options for treating it. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, treatment could change your life. Carol Powell, MD, psychiatrist and sleep specialist also will be on hand to answer questions as time permits.

There is no charge for this Health Talk, but space is limited and RSVP is required by Tuesday, June 3. Call 507.457.4161 or register here.