Archives for January 2012

Online scavenger hunt fun way to explore the new website with chance to win a prize

To improve access to information and make its website even more user friendly, Winona Health recently redesigned the site and added features such as:

Visitor Information. A new section dedicated to patients and visitors with resources such as online bill pay, tips for hospital or clinic visits, information about building amenities, parking and more.

Find a Doctor. Find the right doctor for your needs, whether by specialty or location.

Wait times: Check on the current wait times before you head to Urgent Care.

Quality and Safety: The new site also provides information about the hospital’s commitment to high quality care, information about performance in established care standards, and comparisons with other healthcare organizations.

Community members interested in exploring the site can take part in an online scavenger hunt with an opportunity to win a massage gift certificate or Winona Health collapsible cooler. Visit and participate before Friday, February 10. There will be six winners.

Other information available on the website includes healthcare provider photos and bios; services available and contact information; career opportunities; online nursery; upcoming events; Winona Health Foundation and Volunteer information; and access to Winona Health Online (secure access to individual health records).

“So many people prefer to get their information online, and we want to make sure our web visitors find what they are looking for,” Betsy Midthun, Winona Health chief communication officer. “We combined interactive content with a new, uncluttered layout resulting in simplified navigation to the site’s features and information.”

Midthun also noted the enhanced physician/provider recruitment site. “A lot of thought went into redoing the healthcare professional career options site. It is often difficult to find the right professional for our ongoing community health needs. We designed the section to promote the Winona region’s quality of life as well as Winona Health.”

Midthun said the site will continue to be improved and developed. “It is a continual work in progress.” Each week, there are approximately 4500 visits to the Winona Health website.

Winona Health’s last major website redesign was in spring 2008 when the organization also launched Facebook and Twitter sites. Winona Health’s Facebook and Twitter followers are among the first in the community to know of upcoming events and new healthcare providers. They also receive health tips and healthy recipes.

The new site can be found at To participate in the scavenger hunt, go to Winona Health welcomes comments about the newly designed website. If you’d like to comment, please send a note to

Winona Health employees are not eligible for these prizes.

Winona Health Auxiliary hosting $5 Jewelry Sale

The Winona Health Auxiliary will again be hosting the very popular Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday and Thursday, February 8 and 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will be showcasing more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of quality jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets and watches—and everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. The sale will provide a great opportunity to purchase some extra Valentine gifts for your friends and family.

All proceeds will go toward future Auxiliary projects and healthcare educational scholarships. For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.

Free presentation by Troy Shelton, MD, Winona Health Women’s Health Center: FAQs about HPV (Human Papillomavirus)


Troy Shelton, MD

Troy Shelton, MD

Troy Shelton, MD, Winona Health’s Women’s Health Center, will give a free presentation covering frequently asked questions about HPV—Human Papillomavirus on Thursday, February 9, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Women’s Health Center on the third floor of Winona Clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. Learn more about HPV including how it is transmitted, the long-term health effects and how you can prevent it—including information about the vaccines available for both females and males as early as age 11. Learn more and bring your questions.

The event begins with light refreshments. Attendees also will meet Emily Zimmerman, Winona Health dietitian, as she shares some nutritional information on the refreshments.

There is no charge for this program, but RSVP is appreciated for refreshment planning and because of space limitations. RSVP by Tuesday, February 7, by calling 507.457.4161 or online at Walk-ins welcome as space permits.

Winona Health Auxiliary announces Volunteer Hour Awards

Winona Health Auxiliary 2012 Officers

Newly elected officers. Sitting (left to right) Pat Nolan, Outgoing President; Nancy Enochs, 2012 President; Sheryl Miller, President-Elect; Julie Kosidowski, Vice-President. Standing (left to right) Kim Schwab, WH Board Representative; Carol Partington, Treasurer; Irene Mulyck, Assistant Treasurer; Sheila Lind, Secretary.

The annual meeting of the Winona Health Auxiliary was held on Thursday, January 19, at Westfield Golf Club. Officers were elected, service chairs and co-chairs were appointed and 118 service awards were presented to individuals who had achieved recognition levels of service hours.

Volunteers were recognized for providing 35,320 hours of service to Winona Health this past year. Using the current U.S. average hourly value for volunteer time, that amounts to a gift equivalent to $754,435.20 in service time to Winona Health.

Pat Nolan, Auxiliary president, presented Rachelle Schultz, President/CEO of Winona Health, with a check totaling $30,000. This gift will be used toward the purchase of a new gastroscope and colonoscope for the Winona Health Surgery Department. An additional $23,500 was previously awarded for healthcare scholarships and $3,000 was given to benefit Winona Health’s assisted living residences: Watkins Manor, Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors, and long-term care residence, Lake Winona Manor. In addition, $32,650 was already presented from the proceeds of the Follies to be used for new vital sign monitors. Thus, the grand total for Auxiliary gifts in 2011 was $89,150.

Auxiliary officers elected for 2012 are:

President, Nancy Enochs

President-Elect, Sheryl Miller

Vice President, Julie Kosidowski

Secretary, Sheila Lind

Treasurer, Carol Partington

Assistant Treasurer, Irene Mulyck

Past President, Pat Nolan

Winona Health Board Representative, Kim Schwab

Chad Pedersen, MD, joins Winona Health medical staff

hospitalist Chad Pedersen MD

Chad Pedersen, MD

Chad Pedersen, MD, Internal Medicine physician, joined the Winona Health medical staff and will serve as a hospitalist.

Hospitalists specialize in caring for patients while they are hospitalized. While on duty as a hospitalist, physicians provide hospital specific care and work closely with the patient’s primary care provider and the care coordination team including nurses, pharmacists, dietitians and other specialty care staff.

Dr. Pedersen received his medical degree at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, and completed his residency at Gundersen Lutheran Medical System in La Crosse, Wis., where he serves as chief resident. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.

For information about services provided at Winona Health, visit or call 507.454.3650.

Winona Health recognized for positive performance

Winona Health was one of 27 Minnesota hospitals recognized for its positive performance in a new national hospital ratings system that addresses the new challenges created by healthcare reform.

The ratings system, launched by iVantage Health Analytics, a newly formed healthcare business intelligence and technology company, is the first of its kind to include all U.S. acute care hospitals and traditionally unrated rural and critical access hospitals.

Called the Hospital Strength IndexTM, the ratings system incorporates 56 different measures of performance to help identify those hospitals that are best prepared for success under the new healthcare.

“Our number one goal is to meet the healthcare needs of our community, and we must remain financially stable to do that. Implementing the mandates of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform in general—no matter what form it takes, means changes for hospitals,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health CEO. “It’s interesting to look at this new ratings system to see how we’re doing compared with our peers in the state and across the nation.”

The Hospital Strength Index reflects the multiple challenges of running a hospital by incorporating the measures on which the industry has worked to gain consensus and standardization. It includes a unique set of measures rating Market Strength, Value-based Strength and Financial Strength as key pillars for benchmarking and setting new goals under health reform.

The Market Strength includes competitive strength, intensity, size and growth factors essential to ACO (Accountable Care Organization) development.

The Value-based Strength includes quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and cost and charge indicators that are essential for earning rewards under CMS’ (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) Value-based Purchasing reimbursement incentives.

The Financial Strength includes income statement and balance sheet ratios most predictive of long-term sustainability that are essential under an environment of reduced payments.

“We are pleased to see such a comprehensive ratings initiative launched in response to the Affordable Care Act. The Hospital Strength Index, which includes rural and Critical Access Hospitals that are so essential to Americans, is a real plus for our industry. Rural healthcare represents over one-third of all U.S. hospitals and serves over 62 million Americans who have few healthcare choices,” said Alan Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Health Association.

Sarah Olszewski, PA-C, joins Winona Health Rushford and Winona Clinics

Sarah Olszewski, a certified physician assistant (PA-C), has joined Winona Health’s Family Practice Department and will see patients of all ages at both Rushford and Winona Clinics in February.

“We’re looking forward to adding to our growing Rushford staff,” said Marti Bollman, administrative leader for Primary Care Clinics. “Sarah is an outstanding addition to our team in Winona and in Rushford, and we’re pleased to have another provider to increase access to healthcare services in our area.”

Sarah is certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants. She completed her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Midwestern University in Downers Grove Ill. Prior to joining Winona Health, Sarah provided care for patients at healthcare organizations in the greater Chicago area during rotations in family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, internal medicine, emergency medicine, behavioral medicine, geriatrics and surgery. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Sarah is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She has a special interest in smoking cessation and has conducted research on treatment options for smoking cessation. She also has participated as a volunteer for a variety of events including blood drives, food drives and Special Olympics.

To schedule an appointment with Sarah Olszewski, PA-C, at Rushford Clinic, call 507.864.7726. For an appointment with her at Winona Clinic, call 507.454.3680.

Winona Health Foundation board welcomes Laurel Mohan

Lauren Mohan joins Winona Health Foundation board

Laurel Mohan recently joined the Winona Health Foundation board of directors.

Mohan is an attorney with Libera Knapp, P.A. practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate, real estate, contract drafting and non-profit law.

“I am passionate about philanthropy and enjoy being part of an organization that is supported by and benefits our community,” said Mohan. “I love that our major healthcare provider here in Winona is a locally based non-profit, and I’m looking forward to helping the Winona Health Foundation continue to grow and thrive.” Mohan also has an interest in community health and a background in Medical Anthropology and women’s community health.

Mohan grew up in California around the Bay area. She earned her undergraduate degree at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and then went to law school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She returned to California and worked in Oakland before moving to Winona in May 2010 to join Libera Knapp, P.A.

Mohan joins Winona Health Foundation board members: Steven Blue, chair; Andy Blomsness; Judith Bodway; Ken Mogren, Tedd Morgan; David Rowekamp, MD; Ellen Smith; Rachelle Schultz, president/CEO; Mike Allen, CFO/treasurer; and Nancy Brown, executive director of development/Foundation board secretary.

The Foundation’s mission is to gather, steward and distribute resources needed to support and advance Winona Health’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the community while remaining an exceptional provider of locally owned, non-profit healthcare.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation, visit or call 507.457.4342.

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Winona Health Foundation accepting scholarship applications through March 15

The Winona Health Foundation is now accepting applications for the Phyllis McClenathan Scholarship.

This $1,000 award is available to any individual in the final year of earning his or her two- or four-year Registered Nurse degree. The scholarship recipient also must be from within a 60-mile radius of Winona, or attend a post-secondary school within the designated area, or be a current Winona Health employee. Priority will be given to individuals committed to working for Winona Health.

Phyllis McClenathan was a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center who passed away after a long battle with cancer. In 2006, her husband, Dean, and their children established a nursing scholarship in her name within the Winona Health Foundation.

Applications for this scholarship will be accepted through March 15, 2012. Applications are available online at or may be picked up in the Winona Health Foundation office, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. If you have any questions, please contact Kris Walters at 507.474.3328, or