Archives for March 2012

HealingScapes: Winona Health photo competition voting open to the community April 2 – 20

Beginning Monday, April 2 through Friday, April 20, community members are invited to vote for their favorite photo in Winona Health’s HealingScapes photo competition. The contest is being held to celebrate Winona Health’s transition to all single-occupancy patient rooms this spring and in honor of the hospital’s 50th anniversary at its current location.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response, and we’re very pleased that so many photo enthusiasts decided to share their photos,” said Betsy Midthun, chief communications officer. Midthun noted that nearly 150 photographers submitted photos.

Photos are now on display at Winona Health in hallway connecting the hospital and clinic. Community members are invited to see all 400 entries and vote on their favorite. 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. between April 2 and April 20.

Photo competition winners will be chosen in three categories:

• 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Winona Health Staff Choice by popular vote

• Overall winner for Community Choice by popular vote

• Grand-prize winner and two honorable mentions for professional Judges’ Choice

For the professional judging category, entries will be judged on technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit and ability to provide a comforting, soothing atmosphere for patients and their families.

The winning photographs will be unveiled and photographers will be acknowledged at HealingScapes Community Reception & Silent Auction sponsored by the Winona Health Foundation, Thursday, May 3, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to the Winona Health Foundation for creating a more healing environment in Winona Health’s Inpatient Unit.

“This will be a different type of fundraiser,” said Nancy Brown, Winona Health Foundation executive director of development. “In addition to winning bids funding a framed photograph for a patient room, bidders also will receive a photo print for themselves.”

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

For more information about the HealingScapes Community Reception and Silent Auction, call the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328.


Quilters Guild gives baby quilts to Winona Health Family Birth Center

Pictured (l-r): Judi Grover, Health Unit Coordinator; Megan Sheldon, WSU nursing student; Diane Passehl, NA; Sonya Kratch, Winona Area Quilters Guild member and a Medical Lab Technician at Urgent Care; Joey Hawkins, Winona Area Quilters Guild member and a staff member at the Winona Health Eye Care Center; and Ahlex Kortsan, RN, (kneeling).

Members of the Winona Area Quilters’ Guild recently delivered 35 quilted baby blankets and four knitted hats to the Winona Health Family Birth Center.

A group of Quilters’ Guild members have made it a tradition to design and sew quilts to help welcome some of Winona’s newest residents. Lucky families receive the quilts on a first-born, first-served basis. To date, the Guild has made and donated more than 250 baby quilts to newborns through the Family Birth Center.

All donations to Winona Health are made through the Winona Health Foundation. If you have questions about making a donation, please contact the Foundation office at 507.474.3328.

To learn more about Winona Health’s Family Birth Center or healthcare providers visit, or call Winona Health at 507.454.3650.

Free Smoking Cessation program begins Thursday, April 5

 Winona Health’s next Smoking Cessation program begins Thursday, April 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.

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 

“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.”

 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.


Janine Engen, CNP, joins Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic

Janine Engen, a certified nurse practitioner (CNP), has joined Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona.

Engen completed her Post-Graduate-Family Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science in Nursing-Adult Nurse Practitioner at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisc. She is certified as both an Adult Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In addition, Engen has more than 20 years of experience in an urgent care setting.

“I’ve been looking forward to continuing to work in an urgent care setting, now as a nurse practitioner,” said Engen. “I enjoy diagnosing and treating a variety of issues and working with patients of all ages.”

Engen is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In her free time, she enjoys Karate (she has earned a black belt), kayaking and reading. She and her husband live in Caledonia, Minn., and have three daughters.

Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check current Urgent Care wait times, visit:

For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit and click Find a Provider. Winona Health is also on Facebook at Twitter.

Winona Health offers six-week Grief Support Group

Winona Health Hospice Chaplain, Tom Schoen, BCC, will facilitate a six-week, Grief Support Group beginning Wednesday, April 11, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Watkins Assisted Living, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona. The group will meet consecutive Wednesdays through May 16,

The Grief Support Group is free, but registration is required. Those who have questions or would like to register should call Tom Schoen at 507.457.4547.

Winona Health Auxiliary accepting used book donations

The Winona Health Auxiliary is now accepting donations of used books, videos, DVDs, music and picture puzzles for its upcoming Used Book Sale.

Books and videos that are in good condition can be donated. Mysteries, westerns, novels, non-fiction, hobby, craft, cookbooks, children’s books and more are all welcome. As well as music tapes, CDs, DVDs, videos, books on tape, and picture puzzles.

Donated items can be dropped off in the Auxiliary office at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards Auxiliary projects such as providing healthcare scholarships and purchasing medical equipment.

The Used Book Sale will be held April 11-13 at Winona Health in the hospital main lobby.

For more information contact the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.

Winona Health social workers have an important role

Winona Heatlh social workers

Winona Health social workers

In honor of National Social Work Month, Winona Health recognizes its team of social workers and their dedication to meeting Winona Health’s mission: to improve the health and well-being of our family, friends and neighbors.

Social workers serve as a resource for a wide variety of services. They provide information about and referral to community services, conduct assessments and offer assistance with financial resources, and provide emotional support not only to patients and residents, but also to their families. In addition, all Winona Health social workers are certified Advanced Directive counselors.

Winona Health’s nine social workers are part of a team that serves with compassion, dignity and respect. They provide services to hospital patients, clinic patients, dialysis patients, home care and hospice patients, and to residents of Lake Winona Manor.

For more information about Winona Health, visit or call 507.454.3650.


Photo: Winona Health Social Workers are: Front (l-r): Cassie Longueville, LSW (Department of Behavioral Medicine/Inpatient Services); Sue Kronebusch, LSW (Hospice). Back (1-r): Dawn Gronner, LSW (Lake Winona Manor); Barb Klink, LSW (Department of Behavioral Medicine); Emilie M. Volkman, MSW, LGSW, APSW, (Dialysis/Lake Winona Manor); Alyssa Landwehr, LSW (Lake Winona Manor); Kay Walsh, LSW (Inpatient Services). Not pictured: Sheila Skeels, LSW (Hospice); Carrie King, LSW (Inpatient Services).

Winona Health Auxiliary offers free Healthcare Directives program

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold an informational program on Healthcare Directives Monday, March 19, 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. 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, March 26, 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.

Winona Health Auxiliary hosts Boutique to U fundraising sale March 14-15

Winona Health Auxiliary will host a “Boutique to U” fundraising sale, which features designer-inspired handbags and accessories, March 14-15.

The sale will be held in the first floor Resource Library (in the hall between the clinic and the hospital) at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave, on Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boutique to U is a national company that specializes in fundraisers for hospitals across the county. They offer a wide variety of designer-inspired handbags and unique women’s accessories. Fashion bags, to stylish totes to classic handbags will be available, as well as wallets, wristlets and handbag hangers and charms.

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