Archives for May 2012

Winona Community Health Clinic open Tuesday, June 5

The Winona Community Health Clinic, a free clinic providing preventive healthcare services for people who are uninsured and unable pay for healthcare, will be open Tuesday, June 5 from 4 to 8 pm.

In 2012, the clinic will be open the first Tuesday of every month from 4 to 8 p.m. on the second floor of Winona Clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue.

The goal of the Winona Community Health Clinic is to provide early prevention screenings and education to help individuals avoid more significant health risks and problems. Services are available to those who are uninsured who do not have the financial means to pay for healthcare services. Services are offered free of charge to qualified individuals ages two and up. No appointment is necessary.

The Winona Community Health Clinic is provided through a collaboration between Winona Health, Winona County Public Health and Winona State University.

During hours of operation, the Winona Community Health Clinic can be reached at 507.474.5644. During other times, call Winona Health at 507.454.3650.

Winona Health welcomes Family Practice physician Dirk Thompson, MS, MD

 

Dirk Thompson, MS, MD

Dirk Thompson, MS, MD

Board-certified family practice physician, Dirk Thompson, MS, MD, joined the Winona Heath medical staff and will see patients of all ages at the Winona clinic.

After meeting Winona family medicine physician, William Davis, MD, at a conference several years ago, Dr. Thompson said he was impressed by what Dr. Davis told him about Winona Health.

“I remember learning about what Winona had achieved in working with multiple healthcare specialists to develop an integrated electronic medical record system—it was really quite amazing,” said Dr. Thompson. “I’m a believer in building on the knowledge and experience of others, and I’m enthusiastic that Winona Health shares my goal of using technology to improve healthcare and health outcomes.”

Dr. Thompson received his Medical Degree at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and completed residencies with the St. Joseph Program in St. Paul, Minn. and the Flower Residency Program in Sylvania, Ohio. He also has a master’s degree in biomedical engineering. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Association.

He most recently served as an Urgent Care physician with the Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minn., and prior to that was a Family Physician with Obstetrics at the Buffalo Clinic in Buffalo, Minn. His special interests include medical informatics (technology), preventive care and treating diabetes.

Dr. Thompson is originally from the Rochester, Minn. area. He and his wife have three young daughters and they look forward to making the Winona area their home.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Thompson, in the Family Practice Department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7648.

For information about Dr. Thompson and other healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org and click on Find a Provider.

Save the date! The 50th Birthday Ball will be Saturday, September 8

The Winona Health Auxiliary is pleased to announce that the 50th annual Birthday Ball will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012. This year’s Birthday Ball theme is “Glitz & Glamour,” and the evening will include pre-ball parties followed by a delicious ‘theme’ dinner with music and dancing at Visions Event Center.

Proceeds from this year’s Birthday Ball will go towards Auxiliary projects to enhance and improve the healing environment in Winona Health patient care areas in addition to providing healthcare professional scholarships. Chairs of the 2012 Birthday Ball are Sheryl Miller and Debi Wildenborg.

In conjunction with this 50th year celebration, the Auxiliary also is hosting a special fashion show on Tuesday, July 10th featuring ‘old and new’ ball gowns. Nostalgic gowns from previous balls as well as current styles from Bridal Boutique will be modeled by Auxiliary members. The event will be held at Westfield Golf Course and begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the Glady Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health.

The Ball is open to the public and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Mark your calendar now, invite your friends and neighbors, and plan to attend the 50th annual Birthday Ball on September 8. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss!

For more information, contact Autumn Herber, Winona Health volunteer manager at 507.457.4394.

Free Healthcare Directives Program

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold an informational program on Healthcare Directives on Monday, May 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.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 two weeks following on Monday, June 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Westview 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.

Our trained Auxiliary volunteers also are available to give group presentations in the community about Healthcare Directives. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.

Winona Health offering summer speech therapy program for children

Winona Health’s Outpatient Speech Therapy will be offering two types of speech therapy group sessions this summer—one for children with articulation deficits (trouble pronouncing specific sounds), and one for children with language/communication challenges in social settings.

“These programs allow children to interact in a supervised format with peers who have similar deficits while supporting ongoing speech therapy efforts throughout the summer,” said Carol Meyer-Boldon MS, CCC-SLP, Winona Health speech-language pathologist.

Each one hour group session will be moderated by a qualified Winona Health speech-language pathologist. There will be indoor and outdoor activities, including craft making, story-telling and games focused on goals for each group. Children will be placed into groups limited to four to six children on a first-come, first-served basis.

Weekly sessions June 19 through August 16.

Social Language Group:

• Each Tuesday from 2-3 p.m.

• For children ages 5-12

Articulation Group:

• Each Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

• For children ages 3-8

Sessions will be offered to families through a private pay, punch-card system. (Insurance will not be billed.) Families can choose to purchase three sessions at a time for $30 or all 9 sessions for $80. Payment will be accepted in the Therapy Services Department at the first session (cash, check or credit card accepted).

Registration deadline is June 1. Register online or for more information, call Winona Health Therapy Services at 507.457.4329.

Save the date: Free family event! Healthy Kids Club Step into Summer, Sunday, June 3

Winona Health’s Healthy Kids Club invites kids ages 6 to 11 and their families to register for Step into Summer, a non-competitive walk with some fun along the way. The free family event will be Sunday, June 3 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The walk begins promptly at 1 p.m. at the bike path near Lake Winona Manor on the Winona Health campus and continues along the path to the Jaycee Pavilion. Walkers then return to the Winona Health campus (total distance is nearly 2 miles).

Children ages 6 to 11 who are registered will receive a pedometer to track their steps during the walk and take home. All participants who complete the walk can play on inflatables and enjoy other activities. And for just $1, enjoy a healthy meal – we’re grilling out while supplies last.

Activities will be provided by:

• Winona Health dietitians

• Project GO and Live Well Winona

• US Fish and Wildlife Service

• Winona Family Y

• Winona State University Athletics

• The Winona Fire Department

• Winona Area Ambulance Service

• MedLink AIR helicopter (schedule permitting)

Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, but please leave your bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and pets at home. Please listen to Winona Radio for event cancellation in case of threatening weather.

There is no charge, but for planning purposes, RSVP by Tuesday, May 29. RSVP online at winonahealth.org/walk or call 507.457.4161.

Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients announced

 

Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients are pictured with scholarship committee members (l to r): Angie Duell, Nancy Enochs, Sheryl Miller, Cheryl Nash, Rachel Schmidt, Rebecca Lamberty, Kris Cichon, Emily Etlicher, Erin Hanson and Michelle Sass

Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients are pictured with scholarship committee members (l to r): Angie Duell, Nancy Enochs, Sheryl Miller, Cheryl Nash, Rachel Schmidt, Rebecca Lamberty, Kris Cichon, Emily Etlicher, Erin Hanson and Michelle Sass

The 2012-2013 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship committee has awarded $23,000 in scholarships to 18 students, all of whom have been accepted into an accredited healthcare program.

Scholarship funds are raised through Auxiliary fundraising events including the Birthday Ball, Used Book Sale, Victorian Tea, Fantasy of Trees, Garage Sale and Holiday Happiness, along with sales from the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop. Since the Auxiliary awarded its first nursing scholarship in 1962, more than $517,000 has been awarded.

The Winona Health Auxiliary is pleased to help these students as they begin their education in healthcare or are in the process of completing their healthcare program.

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients:

 

Jacqueline DeGeus, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Angie Duell, MINN. State College Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.

Emily Etlicher, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Allison Gernes, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.

Erin Hanson, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn.

Megan Hatfield, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Shauna Hoff, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.

Amy Huerkamp, MINN. State College Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.

Chancey Klein, MINN. State College Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.

Rebecca Lamberty, University of Phoenix Online, Phoenix, Ariz.

Danielle Linder, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn.

Wade Lawson, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Shantal Maharaj, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn.

Tanya Meyer, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Cheryl Nash, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.

Michelle Sass, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Rachel Schmidt, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Sarah Spiten, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn.

The scholarship committee members are: Kris Cichon, Winona Health director of Inpatient Services; Madonna Daley, Minnesota State Southeast Technical Nursing Department; Nancy Enochs, Winona Health Auxiliary president; Denise Erickson, RN, Winona Health Lake Winona Manor; Sheryl Miller, Winona Health Auxiliary president-elect; Shirley Newberry, Winona State University Nursing Department; and Kris Walters, Winona Health Foundation/Volunteer Services.

Anyone wishing more information about the Winona Health Auxiliary or becoming a volunteer can contact Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.4394.

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Scholarship recipients not pictured: Jacqueline DeGeus, Allison Gernes, Megan Hatfield, Shauna Hoff, Amy Huerkamp, Chancey Klein, Wade Lawson, Danielle Linder, Shantal Maharaj, Tanya Meyer and Sarah Spiten

Winona Health Foundation awards 2012 Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship

Dean McClenathan with scholarship recipient

Dean McClenathan with scholarship recipient, Cheryl Nash.

The Winona Health Foundation selected Cheryl Nash to receive the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Nash, a resident of Trempealeau, Wis., attends Minnesota State College Southeast Technical. She plans to graduate from the RN program in May 2013.

Dean McClenathan established the scholarship after his wife, Phyllis, a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center, passed away after a long fight with cancer. In establishing this scholarship, Dean wanted to honor his wife by encouraging and helping others in their efforts to become devoted, effective and compassionate caregivers.

The McClenathan family directed memorials to the scholarship fund and hopes that others will contribute so that the fund will grow and continue in perpetuity.

Gifts to the Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship may be made to the Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minnesota, 55987. Questions may be directed to Nancy Brown, executive director of development at Winona Health, 507.457.4342.

 

Free Community Health Talk: The Health Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 

Ricisa Best, RPSGT

Ricisa Best, RPSGT

Winona Health is offering a free Community Health Talk: The Health Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Wednesday, May 23 from 12 – 12:45 p.m. at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. A complimentary light lunch will be included and RSVP is required by Friday, May 18.

Ricisa Best, RPSGT (registered polysomnographic technologist), will provide information about how a poor night’s sleep can impact your health. You’ll learn about the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, how to find out whether you have it and options for treating it. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, treatment could change your life. Carol Powell, MD, psychiatrist and sleep specialist will be on hand to answer your questions as time permits.

Carol Powell, MD

There is no charge for this Community Health Talk, but space is limited and RSVP is required by Friday, May 18. Call 507.457.4161 or online at winonahealth.org/sleep.

Photos: Ricisa Best, RPSGT (registered polysomnographic technologist), will provide information about how a poor night’s sleep can impact your health and Carol Powell, MD, Winona Health psychiatrist and sleep specialist, will be on hand to answer your questions.