Archives for November 2011

Community invited to Winona Health Foundation Tree of Lights Ceremonies to remember loved ones

Community members who wish to gather with others to remember and honor a loved one are invited to the Winona Health Foundation Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Winona Tuesday, December 6 and in Lewiston Sunday, December 11.

“We hold our Tree Lighting Ceremonies to provide a special time and place to remember and honor the memory of those we’ve lost but will never forget,” said Nancy Brown, Winona Health Foundation executive director of development.

The ceremonies include a brief program followed by refreshments and music.

Winona Health Foundation Tree of Lights Lighting Ceremony – Winona

Tuesday, December 6, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Lobby of Winona Clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue.

Dr. Tim Thompson will be lighting the tree this year in memory of his wife, Schelly Thompson. After a short program, Wellspring Singers will entertain with holiday music and refreshments will be served.

Winona Health Foundation Tree of Lights Lighting Ceremony – Lewiston

Sunday, December 11, 4 – 5 p.m.

Lewiston Community Center, 75 Rice Street

The family of Lorraine Tweten will be lighting the tree this year in Lewiston. After a short program, Sue Degallier, Winona Health volunteer, will entertain with holiday music and refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation, click here. To make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one, click here or call 507.474.3328.

Thanksgiving holiday hours

Winona Health clinics including the Urgent Care Clinic will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.

Winona Health Psychiatric and Counseling Services will also be closed on Friday, November 25. All other Winona Health clinics will be open regular hours on Friday, November 25.

Winona Health’s Emergency Department at 855 Mankato Avenue is always open.

 

For information about Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org or call 507.454.3650.

Testimonial: Dean McCluskey

Dr. Quinn with Dean

Dean McCluskey began wearing glasses at age 10. “My glasses were always thick, like what people describe as ‘coke bottle glasses’, said Dean.

Dean was very nearsighted (could not see things far away). “I couldn’t see anything further than two feet away. I could hit the golf ball but then my buddies would have to track it for me.”

Fortunately, Dean didn’t have problems working up close on his computer. One of only two PCB (Printed Circuit Board) Designers, at Watlow in Winona, Dean has designed intricate printed circuit boards used for industrial temperature controls for 30 of his 32 years there.

Dean’s nearsightedness grew worse over time while the natural lens inside his eye grew cloudier. This made it difficult to find an adequate eyeglass prescription. “I couldn’t really see what I wanted to.” Dean’s optometrist, Dr. Lane Robeson, recommended cataract surgery and referred Dean to Laurel Quinn, MD, ophthalmologist.

Dr. Quinn explained that cataract surgery involves removing the cloudy lens from the eye and replacing it with a clear plastic lens implant. She suggested that Dean consider bifocal lens implants at the time of his cataract surgery. “Dean was a good candidate for this new lens implant that corrects both distance and near vision. It is really a technological advance because it provides patients with a quality range of vision, all in one optical system.” The same day surgery procedure takes approximately a half hour per eye to complete.

Dean had one cataract done and then the other two weeks later. Now, for the first time in forty six years, Dean is glasses-free except for over-the-counter sunglasses.

“I walked out of the hospital and I could see almost immediately. It was a pain-free procedure. It is amazing and a huge change. It is certainly different to not have to depend on glasses. I can look at the alarm clock at night without fumbling for my glasses.

“Everybody at Winona Health was great, friendly and professional. I am very happy with the results and would recommend Dr. Quinn and the Winona Health Eye Care Center to anyone.”

Lens implants: Sharpening the focus

For most of us, wearing eyeglasses is an inevitable part of getting older, but bifocal lens implants could make reaching for a pair of spectacles a thing of the past.

“Bifocal lens implants are a new, exciting option for cataract surgery,” explains ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD. Cataract surgery, which is the removal of the eye’s clouded natural lens, is a very common, safe and effective procedure. However, most patients still need reading glasses or bifocals after surgery. A bifocal lens implant, which is inserted through a very small incision during cataract surgery, allows patients to see clearly without their glasses and can correct both distance and near vision. The outpatient procedure takes less than 30 minutes.

Dr. Quinn said that Dean was a perfect patient for this procedure due to his extreme nearsightedness and the difficulty that his cataracts were causing him.

“I love my profession,” said Dr. Quinn. “Having good eyesight is very important to people and it is very gratifying to be able to improve someone’s quality of life.”

Make an appointment for an eye exam if you notice any changes in your vision. If you develop sudden vision changes, such as double vision or blurriness, see your doctor right away. For more information on the bifocal lens implant, call the Winona Health Eye Care Center at 507.474.4760.

Winona Health’s Occupational Health team invites employers and HR professionals to Breakfast with the Experts: Eye Safety for Your Employees

Winona Health’s Occupational Health team invites employers and HR professionals to Breakfast with the Experts: Eye Safety for Your Employees

Winona Health’s Occupational Health Department invites area business leaders and Human Resources professionals to RSVP for Breakfast with the Experts: Eye Safety for Your Employees. The program will be Wednesday, November 30, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the B. A. Miller Auditorium, third floor of the hospital on the Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Winona Health ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD, optician Heather Hauser, ABOC, and occupational health therapist and ergonomic specialist Sally Mergendahl, OTR-L, will present information about eye safety, eye injuries and eye ergonomics and how they relate to a safe work environment.

There is no charge for the program, but, for planning purposes, reservations are required. A complimentary breakfast is included. RSVP by Monday, November 28, online at winonhealth.org/breakfast or by contacting Janel Miller: 507.457.4161 or jamiller@winonahealth.org.

Breakfast with the Experts is an educational program provided periodically by Winona Health to help area employers stay current on trends and issues related to employee safety, health and wellness.

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Community invited to Winona Health Foundation Tree of Lights Ceremonies to remember loved ones

Community members who wish to gather with others to remember and honor a loved one are invited to the Winona Health Foundation Tree Lighting Ceremonies in Winona Tuesday, December 6 and in Lewiston Sunday, December 11.

“We hold our Tree Lighting Ceremonies to provide a special time and place to remember and honor the memory of those we’ve lost but will never forget,” said Nancy Brown, Winona Health Foundation executive director of development.

The ceremonies include a brief program followed by refreshments and music.

Winona Health Foundation Tree of Lights Lighting Ceremony – Winona

Tuesday, December 6, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Lobby of Winona Clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue.

Dr. Tim Thompson will be lighting the tree this year in memory of his wife, Schelly Thompson. After a short program, Wellspring Singers will entertain with holiday music and refreshments will be served.

Winona Health Foundation Tree of Lights Lighting Ceremony – Lewiston

Sunday, December 11, 4 – 5 p.m.

Lewiston Community Center, 75 Rice Street

The family of Lorraine Tweten will be lighting the tree this year in Lewiston. After a short program, Sue Degallier, Winona Health volunteer, will entertain with holiday music and refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation, click here. To make a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one, click here or call 507.474.3328.

Winona Health Auxiliary Fantasy of Trees also features entertainment

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold its tenth annual Fantasy of Trees Friday, November 18, 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, November 20, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Hall at Watkins Manor, 175 E. Wabasha Street.

The Fantasy of Trees will feature more than 50 beautifully decorated holiday trees designed and decorated by area businesses and individuals and available for purchase by sealed bid. Holiday centerpieces, decorated wreaths and See’s Candy also will be for sale. On Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. activities for children will be conducted by WSU Education students under the direction of Dr. Donna Helble. Santa and Mrs. Claus also will be available for visits with the children.

Musical entertainment also will be provided throughout the event. While strolling among the trees, stop for a minute and enjoy the festive sounds of the following musicians:

Friday, November 18

3 p.m. – Nancy Edstrom Bachler on piano

4 p.m. – Hope Lutheran High School Choir

5 p.m. – Patti Darbo – vocalist and guitarist

Saturday, November 19

10 a.m. – Rod Oppriecht, piano

11 a.m. – Heart Strings, harpists

12 p.m. – Winona Area Barbershoppers

1 p.m. – Winona Senior High School Chamber Choir

2 p.m. – Dr. Frank and Ruth Bures, clarinet and piano

Sunday, November 20

12 p.m. – Ranetta Lange, piano

1 p.m. – Winona Area Youth Singers and Minnesota Flute Choir

(Minnesota Conservatory of the Arts)

Proceeds from the Fantasy of Trees will go towards Auxiliary projects including the purchase of a new colonoscope and gastroscope for the Winona Health Surgery Department, as well as healthcare professional scholarships.

 

For more information, please call Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.

Give the gift of peace of mind: Free Healthcare Directive Program Monday, November 21

 The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold an informational program on Healthcare Directives on Monday, November 21, 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.

“In addition to ensuring that you remain in control regarding decisions about your care, having a healthcare directive gives your family peace of mind,” said Autumn Herber, Volunteer Services manager at Winona Health. “You never know what the future holds, and giving your family the information they need to make decisions on your behalf, as you would wish, is a great gift to them—and to yourself.”

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 working session will be held the following week on Monday, November 28, 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 of charge and open to the public. No advanced registration is required. All adults over the age of 18 are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.

Great American Smokeout Thursday, November 17. We can help.

Winona Health encourages individuals to participate in the American Cancer Society’s 36th Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 17.

To support this year’s event, Winona Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department is offering free materials for pick up at the Information Desk in the hospital’s lobby, next to the Glady Miller Gift Shop. The hospital is located at 855 Mankato Avenue.

“This is a great time for anyone who smokes to make a plan to quit,” said Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, with Winona Health’s cardiac Rehabilitation Department. “Making a plan to quit is an important step towards a healthier life and a reduced cancer risk.”

 

Sprain understands that quitting is hard, “but you can increase your chances for success with help,” she said.

For information about Winona Health’s next free, four-week Smoking Cessation Program, call 507.474.3324.

The American Cancer Society also provides information about the steps to take to quit smoking along with resources and support to increase the chances of quitting. To learn about the available tools, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. Free tips and tools also are available online at greatamericansmokeout.org.

Winona Health locations open regular hours on Friday November 11

All Winona Health locations are open regular hours Friday, November 11.

There was an error in today’s Winona Daily News listing Winona Health clinics as being closed.

Winona Health assisted living residences earn Confident Choices designation

Winona Health’s assisted living residences, Watkins Manor, Adith Miller Manor and Roger Metz Manor, recently earned the Confident Choices for Senior Living designation. Confident Choices is a program designed by Aging Services of Minnesota to improve quality in assisted living settings, increase public trust and inform consumer decision making.

“Earning the Confident Choices designation reflects the efforts of our entire staff,” said Cheryl Krage, manager of assisted living at Winona Health. “Everything we do is intended to enhance the health and well-being of our residents and to improve their peace of mind and the peace of mind of their families.”

In order to receive the Confident Choices designation, all of Winona Health’s assisted living communities met certain core and elective requirements in several areas including ethical practice, management experience and training, customer satisfaction, resident information and communication, regulatory compliance, staff training and satisfaction, performance improvement and resident services.

Aging Services of Minnesota is the state’s largest association of professionals working in the area of older adult services. The requirements for Confident Choices were developed by assisted living professionals and are based on standards of practice that truly influence the quality of a resident’s experience.

Winona Health offers assisted living options for independent seniors at Watkins Manor and for those who need memory care at Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors. Currently there are rare openings at Adith Miller and Roget Metz manors. Both are home-like residences nestled between Sugarloaf Bluff and Lake Winona and conveniently located near healthcare services on the Winona Health campus.

To schedule lunch and a tour or for more information about assisted living options call 507.494.7400. More information also is available online at winonahealth.org.

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