Archives for April 2012

Terri Douglas, CNP, joins Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic

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

Douglas earned her Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Ky where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University, also Summa Cum Laude.

Prior to becoming a certified nurse practitioner, Douglas was a registered nurse caring for patients in Winona Health’s Intensive Care Unit. She has been with Winona Health since 2006 when she began her career as an LPN in the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric Unit and Family Birth Center.

Douglas also has received two Winona Health Foundation Guardian Angel pins from patients and their family members.

She is a member of the Minnesota Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

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. Current Urgent Care wait times are availalble online at

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You’re invited to HealingScapes

The Winona Health Foundation is hosting HealingScapes, a Community Reception and Silent Auction, Thursday, May 3, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the clinic on the Winona Health campus. The event is a celebration of the hospital transitioning to all private patient rooms and in honor of being at its current location for 50 years.

Planning for HealingScapes began in March with a photo competition. More than 400 photos were submitted by 149 area photographers. The photos were numbered and displayed at Winona Health for judging by community members, Winona Health staff and three professional judges.

The event will feature a silent auction of select photographs, professionally matted and framed, to be placed in patient rooms. The winning bidder will receive a print of the photograph, suitable for framing, and a nameplate with the donor’s name will be placed with the photo in the patient room. Bids will start at the cost of the matted and framed photo.

Combination of time, talent and treasure will have a positive impact for years to come.

“We’ve had so many positive comments from those who submitted photos and from patients, family members and staff who have been enjoying the colorful photo display,” said Nancy Brown, Winona Health Foundation executive director of development. “This definitely will be a different type of fundraiser, and it’s a wonderful way to combine the gifts of time, talent and treasure to add a touch of beauty to enhance the healing environment of a hospital room.”

Professional judges were Andrew Maus, executive director of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum; James A. Bowey, an award-winning photographer and adjunct professor at Winona State University; and Kate Carlson, an area professional photographer whose work has been featured in two of Winona Health’s award-winning annual reports.

All submitted photos will remain on display, and photographers will be acknowledged at the event. All proceeds from the event will go to the Winona Health Foundation for creating a more healing environment in Winona Health’s Inpatient unit.

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

The HealingScapes Community Reception and Silent Auction will include refreshments and a cash bar. For more information about the event, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328.

Pastor Rick Iglesias joins Winona Health board of directors

Pastor Rick IglesiasPastor Rick Iglesias recently joined the Winona Health board of directors.

Iglesias has been Senior Pastor at Pleasant Valley Church in Winona for more than 18 years.

Iglesias believes in advancing the cause of healthy living and exceptional medical care for all area residents. “Living in Winona and having an excellent community hospital and clinic, I look forward to working alongside a great staff and the administration at Winona Health,” said Iglesias. “Having personally experienced excellent medical care at Winona Health, I want to do all I can to see this continue and become even stronger in the years ahead. I consider it an honor to serve on the board of directors.”

He and his wife, Nancy, who is director of Habitat for Humanity, have a son who is a freshman at Winona Senior High School.

Pastor Iglesias joins Winona Health board members: Scott Biesanz; Steve Blue; Scott Birdsall, MD; Matthew Broghammer, DO; Jan Brosnahan; Vicki Decker; Gary Evans, board chair; Richard Ferris, MD; Herb Highum; Jim Killian; Hugh Miller; Ken Mogren; Daniel Parker, MD; Rachelle Schultz, president/CEO; Kim Schwab; and Mark Wagner.

The board is responsible for establishing Winona Health’s strategic direction; quality and safety; financial oversight; and setting organizational policy. Board members are committed to guiding Winona Health in its mission to improve the health and well-being of the greater Winona area community while remaining a strong and independent, not-for-profit community-owned healthcare system.

Hospital parking lot under construction

The hospital parking lot at Winona Health will be under construction beginning Monday, April 23.

There will be no parking in the front section of the hospital lot between the Emergency Department, Mankato Avenue and Park Drive. There will be vehicle access for patient drop off and pick up. Patients and visitors will see signs directing them to park in the north parking lot near Parkview Office Building.

Tentative project completion date is the end of May.

Winona Health transitions to all private patient rooms at end of April

Winona Health all private rooms

Winona Health’s Heather Kauphusman,RN,(left), Department of Behavioral Medicine, and Renee Isakson, RN, Family Birth Center, were facilitators for the Continuous Systems Improvement project transitioning all hospital rooms to private rooms.

To provide a quieter environment, more privacy, better sleep and an overall more healing environment, Winona Health will transition to all private hospital rooms by the end of April.

“As part of our goal to provide high-quality care, we are extremely pleased to begin offering all private inpatient rooms,” said Rachelle Schultz, president and CEO of Winona Health. “The decision was based on patient preference and an effort to enhance each patient’s hospital experience.”

The move to private patient rooms came with a minimal capital improvement. Aside from painting and minor construction, the private rooms were made possible by reclaiming patient rooms that had been used for non-patient care services. There will be no increase in hospital room rates.

According to Robin Hoeg, Inpatient Services administrative director, single rooms will allow patients to sleep better, heal faster and enjoy increased privacy and satisfaction. “A private room is a win for everyone,” said Hoeg. “Patient expectations have changed. Privacy and consideration for individual needs is much easier to provide when patients have their own rooms.”

One of the greatest benefits of a private patient room is that it allows patients to have confidential discussions with their medical providers and sensitive personal conversations with their families. Private rooms have been proven to reduce the length of patient stays and decrease recovery time.

In celebration of transitioning to all private patient rooms, Winona Health conducted HealingScapes, a regional photo competition.

Selected photographs will be unveiled and all photographers will be acknowledged at a special reception, Thursday, May 3, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The event will be sponsored by the Winona Health Foundation and include a silent auction of the winning photographs. All proceeds 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 photograph for a patient room, bidders also will receive a print for themselves.”

“Winona Health has been the community’s hospital for 118 years; 50 years in the present location.” said Betsy Midthun, chief communications officer. “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 information about the event, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328.

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Winona Health’s Occupational Health team invites employers and HR professionals to Breakfast with the Experts: Heat Exposure and Awareness

Winona Health’s Occupational Health Department invites area Human Resources and workplace safety professionals to RSVP for Breakfast with the Experts: Heat Exposure and Awareness. The program will be Wednesday, April 18, 7:30 – 9 a.m. on the Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Ave.


Heat exposure has an impact on employee safety and productivity. Brett Whyte, MD, Winona Health Emergency Department Physician, and Rick Craft, Winona Health Employee Health and Safety Professional will provide helpful information about heat exposure in the workplace and what employers and safety professionals should be aware of in keeping their employees safe. Learn how heat exposure affects employees, the related OSHA regulations and what employers can do to prevent issues related to heat exposures.

There is no charge for the program, but, for planning purposes, reservations are required by Monday, April 16. A complimentary breakfast is included. To RSVP online: or call 507.474.3339.

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.

Winona Health holiday hours

Winona Health will observe the following holiday hours the weekend of April 6 – 8:

Friday, April 6:

  • Winona Health clinics open 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 7:

  • Urgent Care open regular hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 8:

  • Urgent Care closed

Current Urgent Care wait times are available online: Click here.

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona is open 24 hours a day.

Winona Health Auxiliary to Host Author Luncheon

Winona Health Auxiliary will host an Author Luncheon on Monday, April 23, at 11:30 a.m. at Westfield Golf Course, 1460 W. 5th Street in Winona.

This year’s luncheon features three Minnesota authors, all finalists for this year’s Minnesota Book Awards. The authors are Danielle Sosin (The Long-Shining Waters), Mary Rockcastle (In Caddis Wood), and Julie L’Enfant (Pioneer Modernists).

Danielle Sosin is the author of Garden Primitives, a collection of stories (Coffee House Press, 2000). Her fiction has been featured in the Alaska Quarterly Review and has been recorded for National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, and Iowa Public Radio’s Live from Prairie Lights. The Long-Shining Waters, her debut novel, was awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Born in 1959, she lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Julie L’Enfant is professor of art history and chair of the Liberal Arts department at the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has written about various artists and writers, including Dora Maar, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf. Her previous books are The Dancers of Sycamore Street (St. Martin’s Press, 1983), a novel; William Rossetti’s Art Criticism: The Search for Truth in Victorian Art (University Press of America, 1999); and The Gag Family: German-Bohemian Artists in America (Afton Press, 2002). Her newest book, Pioneer Modernists: Minnesota’s First Generation of Women Artists is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.

Mary François Rockcastle is the author of Rainy Lake. She is the director of The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University, and the founding and executive editor of Water-Stone Review. Her latest novel, In Caddis Wood, is a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Minneapolis.

Tickets for the Author Luncheon are $20 and can be purchased in advance in the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health or at The Book Shelf, 162 W. 2nd Street, downtown Winona. Book sales will be conducted by The Book Shelf, with a portion of the sales to benefit the fundraiser. Proceeds from the event go towards Auxiliary projects including healthcare professional scholarships and to enhance the healing environment for our hospital patients.

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

Winona Health Auxiliary Used Book Sale begins April 11

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s Used Book Sale will be held in the hospital lobby, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. Sale hours are:

Wednesday, April 11: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 12: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, April 13: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The sale will feature a great selection of high quality hardcover and paperback books including new releases, novels, biographies, science fiction, fantasy, history, mysteries,cooking, gardening, crafts, spiritual and local interest books and children’s books. There also will be puzzles, videos, DVDs, CDs and tapes.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards Auxiliary projects and healthcare professional scholarships.

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