Archives for December 2011

Winona Health Therapy Services staff completes Explain Pain course

Fifteen members of the Winona Health Outpatient Therapy Services department have completed the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute Explain Pain course instructed by Adriaan Louw, PT, M.App.Sc (physio), GCRM, CSMT. The course aimed to help therapists understand how the pain system works when there are injured tissues and nerves and what happens in the brain in relation to pain experiences.

“Many people are surprised at how effective non-invasive methods to treat pain can be,” noted Corrie Searles, Director of Outpatient Therapy Services. “We’re continually increasing our knowledge base to help our patients relieve pain as completely and quickly as possible.”

The Explain Pain course is based on the evidence-based research by David Butler, M.App.Sc and Lorimer Moseley, PT, Ph.D. The course helps clinical experts provide answers to the most common questions asked by pain sufferers, such as “Why do I hurt?” and “What can I do for my pain?” in terms that are easy for patients to understand and to use to their advantage during rehabilitation.

“Helping our patients understand how their brain plays a large role in their treatment of their pain is critical,” said Kris Lawson, Physical Therapist. “This course provided evidence-based information on the impact of stress in relation to pain and what tools therapists can share with the patient to help them work with their pain.”

For more information about non-invasive methods to treat pain, contact Winona Health Outpatient Therapy Services at 507. 457.4329.

Winona Health holiday hours

Winona Health will observe the following holiday hours. Unless otherwise noted, services will be open their regular hours.

Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia

  • Saturday, December 24: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 25: Closed
  • Sunday, January 1: Closed

Outpatient Laboratory

  • Saturday, December 24: Closed
  • Saturday, December 31: Closed

Those who require a lab draw on these days may receive service in the hospital’s main laboratory. Please register at the Emergency Department registration desk in the hospital lobby (north entrance).

Psychiatric & Counseling Services

  • Monday, December 26: Closed

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.

Free Smoking Cessation program begins January 5

Winona Health’s next Smoking Cessation program begins Thursday, January 5. This free program includes four sessions meeting consecutive Thursday evenings from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on Winona Health’s main campus at 855 Mankato Avenue.

“Whether this is your first attempt to quit or you’ve tried to quit several times before, this program is for you,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, one of the program facilitators. “People don’t always manage to quit the first time they try, but with each attempt, they may come closer to their goal of improved health.”

Winona Health’s Smoking Cessation Program will:

• help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking

• cover a variety of benefits to quitting

• provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms

• share many tips and techniques for becoming and remaining smoke free

• provide a supportive atmosphere for you to ask questions and get helpful information

The program is free. For more information or if you’d like to sign up in advance, call Lynn Sprain at 507.474.3324. Advance registration is appreciated, but walk-ins will be welcome as space permits.

SMU students donate blankets to Winona Health Foundation

SMU freshman students deliver blankets to Winona Health

Saint Mary’s University freshman students enrolled in one of Professor Nancy Edstrom Bachler’s courses made blankets for their Christmas service project and donated the blankets to the Winona Health Foundation to be given to patients in Winona Health’s Pediatric and Family Practice Departments and the Family Birth Center.

For information about the Winona Health Foundation, visit winonahealth.org, contact nbrown@winonahealth.org or call 507.474.3328.

Winona Health holiday hours

Winona Health will observe the following holiday hours. Unless otherwise noted, services will be open their regular hours.

Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia

  • Saturday, December 24: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 25: Closed
  • Sunday, January 1: Closed

Outpatient Laboratory

  • Saturday, December 24: Closed
  • Saturday, December 31: Closed

Those who require a lab draw on these days may receive service in the hospital’s main laboratory. Please register at the Emergency Department registration desk in the hospital lobby (north entrance).

Psychiatric & Counseling Services

  • Monday, December 26: Closed

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.

Lewiston Altura FFA students donate blankets and stuffed animals

Lewiston Altura FFA students deliver stuffed animals and blankets to Winona Health

Lewiston Altura Future Farmers of America (FFA) students donated stuffed animals and blankets to the Winona Health Foundation. The animals and blankets will be given to children receiving care in the Emergency Department and to babies in the Family Birth Center at Winona Health.

 To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation, visit winonahealth.org/foundation, or call 507.474.3328.

 

 

Pictured (L to R): Karli Moger, student; Tracy Stamer, Environmental Services; Rachel Salwey, student; Judy Garcia, Admitting; Mary Ellen Cords, RN, Emergency Department; Laura Cummings, RN, Emergency Department; Abigail Swenson, student.

 

WSU National Society of Collegiate Scholars donate stuffed animals

 

Winona State University National Society of Collegiate Scholars donate stuffed animals to Winona Health.

The Winona State University National Society of Collegiate Scholars donated stuffed animals to children receiving care at Winona Health through the Winona Health Foundation.

The stuffed animals will be a welcome surprise to some of the children receiving care throughout Winona Health including Pediatrics, Family Practice, the Emergency Department, Eye Care Center, Orthopedic Services, Laboratory and Surgery Department.

For information about the Winona Health Foundation, visit winonahealth.org, contact nbrown@winonahealth.org or call 507.474.3328.

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BACK ROW (L to R): Pediatrician Sarah Lallaman, MD; Hailey Hennes, student; Debbie Gappa, LPN, Pediatrics: Monica Siegfried, Admitting; Deb Sobeck, Admitting; Abby Thomson, student; Sharon Decker, LPN, Pediatrics.

FRONT ROW (L to R): Kelly Skluzacek, student; Megan Erickson, student; Kim Schneider, Family Practice; Jessica Davey, student; Carly Buch, student; and Kristi Schulte, PA-C, Pediatrics.

Holiday music adds a festive tone at Winona Clinic

To add a little more joy to the holiday season, patients who have appointments at Winona Clinic in December may be treated to live holiday music as they come through the door.

“The Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers have done a wonderful job decorating and making everything look festive throughout Winona Health,” said Janel Miller, community relations coordinator. “The live music really adds to the holiday atmosphere. We’re fortunate to have a few pianists who are willing to take the time to share their talents.”

So far, pianists are schedule to play at the following dates and times. Additional times may be scheduled:

Tuesday, December 6, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Rod Oppreicht

Thursday, December 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Doreen Auger

Tuesday, December 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Doreen Auger

Tuesday, December 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Doreen Auger

Tuesday, December 20, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Ruth Bures

Wednesday, December 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Ruth Bures

Thursday, December 22, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Doreen Auger

 

For more information about Winona Health, call 507.454.3650.

Winona Health Auxiliary to host Books Are Fun

Winona Health Auxiliary will be hosting a new book fair through Books Are Fun, Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona.

The sale features a wide variety of high quality new books and products that inform, enrich, entertain and inspire people of all ages, at an unparalleled value. The Books Are Fun product selection includes New York Times bestsellers; children’s storybooks, classics and educational books; stationery and gift items; and general interest books such as cooking, sports, gardening, reference and multicultural titles. These books are great for winter reading and make wonderful holiday gifts.

All proceed from the event will go towards Auxiliary projects including the purchase of a new colonoscope and gastroscope in addition to healthcare professional scholarships.

For more information, please contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.