Archives for February 2012

Winona Health announces HealingScapes: A photo competition

In honor of the hospital’s 50th anniversary at its current location, and in celebration of transitioning to all single-occupancy patient rooms in April, Winona Health is conducting a regional photo competition: HealingScapes.

“This is a special way to celebrate being part of our community and in turn, invite community members to become part of Winona Health,” said Betsy Midthun, chief communications officer. “Winona Health has been the community’s hospital for 118 years; 50 years in the present location.”

Midthun said photos must represent the greater Winona region and can include any scene or landscapes highlighting the natural beauty of the local environment. People, animals, structures, etc. may also be included. “We are looking for photos of the region that will provide comforting and soothing images for patients and their families when they are in the hospital.”

The HealingScapes competition is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages. Photos taken within the past three years can be entered. Entries will be judged on technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Winning entries will be judged by the popular vote of the Winona Health staff, community and also by a panel of professional judges. Winning entries will be framed and placed in patient rooms and include information about the photographer and location of the photograph.

The winning photographs will be announced the week of April 25. All entries will be acknowledged at a special event held on Thursday, May 3, at Winona Health. The event will be sponsored by the Winona Health Foundation in conjunction with National Hospital Week and include a silent auction of the winning photographs.

“This will be a different type of fundraiser,” said Midthun. Bidders can fund a photograph for a patient room and also receive a print for themselves. All proceeds will go to the Winona Health Foundation.

There is no entry fee to the HealingScapes competition and the entry requirements are simple. Entries will be accepted through Thursday, March 22. Details and entry forms are available at

Winona Health again earns Quality Respiratory Care Recognition

Winona Health has again earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR). Approximately 15% of the 5,000 hospitals in the U.S. have been named a Quality Respiratory Care hospital, and Winona Health has achieved this recognition annually since 2003.

Hospitals earning the QRCR designation ensure patient safety by adhering to a strict set of criteria governing their respiratory care services. To qualify for the recognition, hospitals must meet strict criteria including the following conditions:

• Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours.

• A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.

• All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential.

Respiratory therapists are specially trained healthcare professionals who work under physician’s orders to provide a wide range of breathing treatments and other services to people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer and other lung or lung-related conditions. They are key members of lifesaving response teams charged with handling medical emergencies.

Winona Health respiratory care providers are: David Beck, Tony Butterfield, Robert Elam, Kenneth Fordahl, Gary Haggerty, Kelly Haines, Tony Hibbard, Penny Kessler, Aleisha Leger, Kim McGuire, David Oliver, Carolyn Standlee-Hanson and Alberta Stetter.

The QRCR program was started by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) in 2003. The program intends to help patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals.

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Winona Health featured in national publication

In a Leadership Special Report: Managing Business and Clinical Risks, the Healthcare Financial Management Association profiled healthcare systems at the forefront of revolutionary change. These organizations are delving into new ways to meet the needs of their communities while remaining financially sustainable in the face of major change, including ongoing adjustments to reimbursement programs.

Winona Health administrators including Rachelle Schultz, president/CEO; Michael Allen, CFO; and Brett Whyte, MD, Emergency/Urgent Care medical chief, provided insight into changes at Winona Health and the visionary steps the organization has taken to remain independent, improve efficiencies and create a seamless continuum of care to increase the value of healthcare for its patients.

Click here to view the full Leadership Special Report featuring Winona Health in Section 1: Retooling for Value.

Call for nominations: Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute

The Winona Health Foundation is seeking nominations for the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 5.

Originally established by the late community philanthropist, Benjamin A. Miller, in the name of his wife, Adith, the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recognizes an individual, group or organization for exceptional service to the greater Winona community.

Candidates are considered based upon four criteria:

1. How the candidate has enhanced the quality of life in our community

2. What the candidate has done for the economic betterment of our community

3. What leadership roles the candidate has taken in various capacities

4. How the candidate has given direct service to the community

Jenny Kahl, a Winona Health Auxiliary volunteer for 59 years and an active member and leader of the Portia Club, received the 2010 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

In addition to a special recognition dinner at Cedar Valley Restaurant in April, the family of Ben & Adith Miller and RTP Company honors the recipient with a $25,000 contribution to the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund to assist area individuals and families.

Written nominations are being accepted now through Monday, March 5. Nomination forms are available online at or by contacting Kris Walters at 507.474.3328 or

Winona Health and Winona Family Y present Colors of Cancer Fitness Festival

Winona Health and the Winona Family Y are teaming up for the Colors of Cancer Fitness Festival. The event, featuring a wide variety of fitness activities including an indoor, non-competitive triathlon, will be held Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4.

The Triathlon “Y Not Tri-It?” will be Sunday, March 4. The $40 registration includes a long-sleeved performance shirt. The non-competitive triathlon includes a 10-minute swim, a 30-minute bike ride and a 20-minute run. Register by Wednesday, February 15 to guarantee receiving a shirt.

The event also includes fitness activities, such as zumba and other types of active dance, family yoga, meditation, Pilates, indoor cycling, and more. A complete schedule of events is available at the Winona Family YMCA, 207 Winona Street or online at

The event also includes a free Colors of Cancer Resource Fair, Saturday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Winona Y at 207 Winona Street. Winona Health staff will be on hand with information about cancer resources, services and prevention. Areas represented include:

Physical Therapy

Massage Therapy

• Chemotherapy and Infusion

Colon Screening

Counseling Services

Hospice/Palliative Care

• Distress Testing

Imaging (schedule a mammogram)

Cancer Care

• Smoking Cessation


Proceeds from the event will benefit the Winona Health Chemotherapy and Infusion Department.

For a list the Colors of Cancer Fitness Festival activities and registration information, pick up a schedule of events at the Winona Family Y, 207 Winona Street or see the schedule online at Or, call the Y at 507.454.1520.

Four-week Diabetes Prevention program begins Tuesday, March 6

Winona Health certified diabetes educators are offering a four-week program to help people prevent type 2 diabetes. The program meets four consecutive Tuesday evenings, March 6 through 27, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room at Winona Clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue.

Certified diabetes educators, Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, and Sue Haug, RD, LD, CDE, will be the program facilitators. The program is intended for people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Risk factors for diabetes include:

• Abnormal glucose laboratory results

• Diabetes in pregnancy or giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

• Family history of diabetes

• Excess body weight (especially around the waist)

• Low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides

• High blood pressure

• Low activity level

• Poor diet

Registration is required by Friday, March 2. The cost is $50 per person. For more information or to register, call 507.457.7670.