Archives for June 2012

Winona Health Foundation kicks off Casual for a Cause fundraiser

Andy Rumpca, a member of the Winona Health Facilities team, and Betsy Midthun, chief communications & marketing officer and the volunteer flower planter, check on one of several new planters purchased through the Winona Health Foundation’s Casual for a Cause staff fundraiser.

In May, the Winona Health Foundation kicked off “Casual for a Cause,” an organization-wide effort to engage its staff in supporting various projects that will have a positive impact on patients, residents and their families and visitors.

On the last Friday of every month, Winona Health staff member are invited to donate $5 to the Winona Health Foundation and wear jeans or their favorite team jersey (college, pro or youth) to work.

Each month, proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward a different Winona Health Foundation fund or Winona Health project. Funds raised during May’s Casual for a Cause are allowing the organization to spruce up the exterior with large landscaping pots and colorful plants to create a more welcoming, appealing and healing atmosphere for patients and their family members.

“We were very pleased with participation on our first Casual for a Cause day,” said Nancy Brown, executive director of development. “Nearly 120 staff members participated and several contributed more than $5.”

On Friday, June 29, Casual for a Cause proceeds will benefit Winona Health’s Chemotherapy and Infusion Services. In addition, Gary Evans, Winona Health Board Chair will be dancing with the Winona Stars on August 11, with 100% of his “vote” proceeds being donated toward this fund as well. Evans’s goal is to raise $20,000 to purchase new patient chairs with heat and massage functions, upgraded TVs with flat screens with the ability to watch DVDs, and other features that would enhance the patient experience.

To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation, if you’d like to contribute toward the featured Casual for a Cause fund, or if you have an idea for a Winona Health project to feature on an upcoming Casual for a Cause day, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4342.

Breakfast with the Experts for Human Resources and Workplace Safety Professionals

Winona Health’s Occupational Health Department invites area Human Resources and workplace safety professionals to RSVP for Breakfast with the Experts: The First Minute of Injury: What you say matters. The program will be Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 – 9 a.m. on the Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Ave.

Winona Health Occupational Health staff including Christina Nitti, CNP; Kris Lawson, PT, occupational health therapist; Cathy Johnson, RN, COHN; and Rick Craft, employee health & safety professional; along with Lisa Kasten, CEAS I, health safety & environmental coordinator from Watlow will provide information about how your initial interaction with your employee can affect the course and the cost of a work comp injury.

There is no charge for the program. However, for planning purposes, reservations are required by Monday, July 16. A complimentary breakfast is included. RSVP online or call 507.457.4161.

Breakfast with the Experts is an educational program provided by Winona Health to help area employers stay current on trends and issues related to employee safety, health and wellness.

Sports physicals: special dates and times $35

Winona Health is offering special hours for sports physicals. Sports physicals for middle and high school students are just $35 (cash, checks or credit cards accepted) by appointment during these dates and times:

Winona Clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue

• Thursday, July 12: 5 – 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 24: 5 – 7 p.m.

• Wednesday, August 15: 5 – 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, August 28: 5 – 7 p.m.

• Thursday, September 6: 5 – 7 p.m.

Appointments are limited. To schedule, call 507.454.3650.

Sports physicals for $35 also are available during regular clinic hours in Rushford and Lewiston. To schedule an appointment:

Lewiston Clinic: 507.523.2127

100 Harrison Street

Rushford Clinic: 507.864.7726

109 W. Jessie Street

Students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Students previously diagnosed with heart conditions or head injuries must see their regular healthcare provider for their sports physical. Please complete your portion of the sports physical form and bring it to your appointment. Payment is due during time of appointment and may be made with cash, check or credit card. Insurance billing is not available.

Minnesota and Wisconsin high school sports physical forms are available online. Click here.

Winona Health Auxiliary to host Scrubs & Beyond fundraising sale

Winona Health Auxiliary will host a Scrubs & Beyond fundraising sale on Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-21. The uniform sale will feature a wide variety of scrub tops and pants, as well as shoes and accessories.

The sale will be held at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., in the first floor Resource Library (in the hall between the clinic and the hospital). Hours are Wednesday, June 20 from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Thursday, June 21 from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.

All proceeds will go toward 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 welcomes two radiologists

William Krueger, DOBoard-certified radiologist, William Krueger, DO, and radiologist Justin Albanese, MD, joined the medical staff at Winona Health. Dr. Krueger’s first day will be June 29 and Dr. Albanese will start July 9.

“Our Imaging Services staff and physicians have consistently received high marks in patient satisfaction,” said Rebecca Lamberty, administrative leader of Emergency/Urgent Care and Imaging Services. “Dr. Krueger and Dr. Albanese will provide outstanding care and an exceptional experience for our patients.”

Dr. Krueger received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri, completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and completed his fellowship in Abdominal/Cross Sectional Imaging at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

He is a member of the American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America and the American Osteopathic Association. In addition, he has received several military awards and an Outstanding Achievement in the Study of Osteopathic Medicine Award. He also was previously a track coach, a wrestling coach and Spanish teacher, and his volunteer service includes the Boy Scouts of America.

Justin Albanese, MDDr. Albanese received his Medical Degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago and completed his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.

He is a member of the American College of Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society, which is the first and oldest radiology society in the United States, the Radiological Society of North America, the Society of Interventional Radiology, the Association of University Radiologists and the American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology (A3CR2).

Dr. Albanese received the Most Outstanding Resident Teaching Award at the University of Colorado Department of Radiology and was chief radiology resident. His interests include foreign languages, linguistics and piano.

Information about Dr. Krueger, Dr. Albanese and other healthcare providers is available here.

Winona Health marketing team receives national award

Winona Health’s Marketing Communications Department received a Healthcare Advertising Award for its 2010 annual report. From 4000 entries, Winona Health received a Merit award in the Hospitals under 299 Bed Category. The awards were sponsored by the Healthcare Marketing Report, and a national panel of marketing experts judged the entries based on quality, creativity and message effectiveness.

“This is especially gratifying as we accomplished this with in-house talent versus the services of a graphic design studio or healthcare marketing company, which is the case for more than 90% of the award entrants,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health chief communications officer. “Congratulations to my team. We are all very pleased to be recognized for our work on this annual publication.”

Winona Health 2010 annual report: Behind the Scenes, took a photojournalism approach to depicting a typical day in various areas throughout Winona Health. “It was a representative snapshot of the many events that happen here throughout the day,” said Midthun.

Lead by Midthun, the publication’s team included Winona Health’s Marketing Communications Department and Winona State University student photographers under the direction of James A. Bowey, assistant professor of photography and new media at Winona State University.

The annual report was delivered to area households earlier this year. To request a copy, call Winona Health at 507.454.3650 or send your name and address to The publication also can be viewed on the Winona Health website by clicking on “about us” then “publications.”

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Winona Health CFO, Michael Allen, elected to Healthcare Financial Management Association Board of Directors

Winona Health chief financial officer and treasurer, Michael Allen, FHFMA, CPA, was elected to the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) board of directors.

With more than 39,000 members, HFMA is the nation’s leading membership organization of healthcare finance executives and leaders. Its mission is to provide the resources healthcare organizations need to achieve sound fiscal health in order to provide excellent patient care. Allen’s term in office began June 1, 2012.

“Finance is in the spotlight as healthcare organizations face downward payment pressure, rising costs, and narrow margins,” says Richard L. Clarke, DHA, FHFMA, outgoing President and CEO of HFMA. “In this challenging environment, our Board members have helped some of the country’s premier healthcare organizations to deliver high value. As HFMA Board members, they will guide HFMA to deliver the resources our members need to lead their own organizations to achieve financial strength and excellent patient care in a time of significant change in our healthcare system.”

In addition to serving as CFO and treasurer since joining Winona Health in 2001, Allen has served as the executive sponsor for the implementation of the Electronic Health Record and Personal Health Record at Winona Health since 2001. He has served on Cerner Corporation’s Client Care Council since its inception in 2006. The Client Care Council is a small invitation-only group of clients that works closely with Cerner to improve the functionality, usability and effectiveness of healthcare information technology.

Allen also has served many industry and community organizations. He was a reviewer of the criteria for the Most Wired Award, a judge for the Most Wired Innovator Award for three years and a judge for HFMA’s Future Financial Leaders. He currently chairs the Minnesota Hospital Association Finance Committee and serves on the board of the Winona Community Foundation, Winona Area Tennis Association, Pleasant Valley Church Finance Team and other community-based organizations.

A member of HFMA since 1994, Allen’s involvement with the National Association includes serving as Chairman of HFMA’s National Board of Examiners (2001-05), serving on the Health Reform Advisory Committee, HFMA’s MAP App Task Force, Value Project Task Force, and the National Advisory Council (2007-2009). He also testified on behalf of HFMA before the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee in May, 2009. Allen has also served the McMahon-Illini Chapter as Director, Vice President, President-Elect, and President. He has received the Follmer Bronze, Reeves Silver, and Muncie Gold merit awards.

A Fellow of HFMA and a Certified Public Accountant, Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

Auxiliary offers Summer Junior Volunteer Program

Registration is now being accepted for the Winona Health Auxiliary Summer Junior Volunteer Program.

The Junior Volunteer Program is a volunteer opportunity designed to offer students age 10 through 18 an opportunity to learn about healthcare, earn volunteer hours for school or church, make a difference in the community, gain experience for their resume—and have fun. The program runs June 18 to August 17. There are morning and afternoon shifts available two to three days per week.

There are several volunteer opportunities available including enriching the lives of our residents in our nursing home or assisted living residences by visiting one-on-one with them, doing activities together, reading or playing games. There is also an opportunity to work with our Facilities staff doing a variety of activities throughout the Winona Health campus including outdoor projects such as tending to the landscaping and flower gardens.

To sign up for the program, complete the registration form and return it to Winona Health. Forms may be downloaded here. For more information or to request a form to be mailed to you, please contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.457.4394.

New monthly support group for people dealing with COPD

Winona Health respiratory therapist, Bob Elam, RT, will facilitate a monthly support group for those dealing with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Meetings will be the third Wednesday of every month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. beginning June 20. The group will meet in the Lake Winona Manor classroom, 865 Mankato Ave., adjacent to the hospital on the Winona Health campus.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those who suffer from COPD to ask questions and share tips with others who may be experiencing similar challenges,” said Elam. It’s also a great place to talk with others who are living with or caring for a person who has COPD.”

There is no charge to participate in the group. Those who have questions may contact Bob Elam at or 507.452.7940.

Style Show Tuesday, July 10 to celebrate 50th Annual Birthday Ball

Taffeta ball gowns with sequins and sparkle. Shimmery dresses with ruffles and beading. You will enjoy viewing both the ‘old and new’ Birthday Ball gowns at the Winona Health Auxiliary Birthday Ball Style Show.

The style show will be Tuesday, July 10 at Westfield Golf Course. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and show starts at 6:30 p.m. Appetizers will be available along with a cash bar. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Winona Health’s Glady Miller Gift Shop; 855Mankato Avenue; Bridal Boutique, 1052 W Broadway; and Parlor & Den Beauty Salon, 279 E 3rd Street in Winona.

In conjunction with the 50th year celebration of the Birthday Ball, the Auxiliary decided to also host a special fashion show featuring gowns from the past and present. Auxiliary members will model nostalgic gowns from previous balls as well as current styles from Bridal Boutique.

“Historically, the Birthday Ball is the yearly event to get all dressed up in a fancy dress,” said Kim Schwab, style show committee member. “Women enjoy seeing the style of ball gowns from previous years, so we thought it would be a fun way to raise money for Auxiliary projects – a special ‘girls night out’.”

This year’s Birthday Ball will be  Saturday, September 8. Event proceeds go towards Auxiliary projects that will enhance and improve the healing environment in Winona Health patient care areas in addition to providing healthcare professional scholarships. Other style show committee members include Pat Nolan and Ashley Phillips.

For more information about this year’s Birthday Ball, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.457.4394.