Archives for July 2012

Register now for Golf Classic to benefit Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund

Golf pro Jamie Sadlowski, will be the golf pro at this year’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic at Cedar Valley Golf Course on Monday, August 13, with a special exhibition open to the public at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the event benefit local individuals and families through the Winona Health Foundation Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

The Ben & Adith Miller Classic, Winona Health Foundation’s premier fundraising event benefiting the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, will be Monday, August 13, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.

In addition to the 18-hole Main Event, the full day of activities includes a free public golf exhibition, a 9-hole Youth Tournament for golfers ages 11 to 18 in the morning, and the Green Monster Challenge, a 9-hole scramble during the afternoon.

This year’s event features golf pro Jamie Sadlowski sponsored by Miller Felpax. Twice a junior world champion, the Canada native has made an impact on the sport of long drive. Sadlowski won the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship in both 2008 and 2009 setting the record for the longest drive. And in 2011 he won the longest drive contest at the FedExCup Kickoff during the PGA Tour. Sadlowski will give an exhibition that is free and open to the public at 10 a.m. and will entertain event participants later in the day.

The Main Event begins at 11 a.m. with registration and an outdoor lunch from the grill. The shotgun start is at noon, and the format is a four-person scramble. There will be hole prizes and competition prizes, followed by a reception and exhibition by Sadlowski and awards banquet at Cedar Valley Restaurant. Participation in the main event is through a hole sponsorship only, which is $2,500 and includes the above, plus refreshments on the course, participation gift and a photo of your foursome.

The Green Monster Challenge begins at 12:15 with registration and a light lunch at Cedar Valley Restaurant. After lunch, participants will head out on carts for a 1:30 shotgun start on Cedar Valley’s Green Monster. The format is a four-person scramble with hole prizes and competition prizes. Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch, refreshments on the course, a participation gift and a photo of your foursome. Hole sponsorships are available for $500 and include registration for four.

The Youth Tournament begins at 7 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast. The Youth Tournament, open to boys and girls ages 11 through 18, features a four-person scramble with prizes. Registration is $10 per person. Young golfers can register in teams or as individuals to be assigned to a foursome.

Registration for the Youth Tournament and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Monday, July 30. Both the Youth Tournament and the Green Monster Challenge are presented by Merchants Bank.

In 2011 the event raised a record $185,000 for the Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund. The Patient Care Fund helps individuals and families pay for medical expenses.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, click here or contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328 or

Great gifts available at Winona Health Auxiliary “Books Are Fun” sale

Winona Health Auxiliary will be hosting a new book fair through Books Are Fun, Wednesday, August 1 and Thursday, August 2 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona.

The sale features a wide variety of high quality new books and products that inform, enrich, entertain and inspire people of all ages, at an unparalleled value. The Books Are Fun product selection includes New York Times bestsellers; children’s storybooks, classics and educational books; stationery and gift items; and general interest books such as cooking, sports, gardening, reference and multicultural titles. These books are great for summer reading and make wonderful gifts.

All proceeds from the event will go towards Auxiliary projects including enhancing the healing environment for our hospital patients in addition to providing scholarships to students pursuing a career in healthcare. For more information, please contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.

John Gallagher, MD, joins the Winona Health Emergency Department

John Gallagher, MD

John Gallagher, MD

John Gallagher, MD, joined the Winona Health medical staff and will provide care for patients of all ages in the Emergency Department. He also will serve as co-medical director for the Winona Area Ambulance Service along with Brett Whyte, MD.

“My wife lived in Winona for a year in college (WSU) and has spoken very highly of the area and the people for as long as I have known her,” said Dr. Gallagher. “Finding a great job at Winona Health was the icing on the cake and made moving here an easy decision for our family.”

Dr. Gallagher received his medical degree at the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn., He completed his residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Penn., where he was appointed chief resident in 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedicine and Chemistry from University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Co.

Dr. Gallagher is a member of the National Association of EMS physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He also is certified as a National Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care Provider.

He and his wife have two young children. His personal interests include family time, skiing, golf, gardening, cooking and home renovations.

For information about services provided at Winona Health, visit or call 507.454.3650.


Winona Health CFO and other healthcare finance experts comment on ACA ruling

Winona Health CFO Michael Allen and other healthcare finance professionals comment on the supreme court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act. Watch video. (Link is to a 2:30 min video).

Winona Health Auxiliary free Healthcare Directives program

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold an informational program on Healthcare Directives on Monday, July 16, 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, July 23, 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.

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

Pillow Cleaning fundraiser at Lake Winona Manor Thursday, July 19

The Lake Winona Manor Resident Council is sponsoring its annual Pillow Cleaning Service Thursday, July 19; from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Proceeds from this fundraiser are used by the Lake Winona Manor Resident Council.

Kraft Pillow Services’ mobile unit will be at Lake Winona Manor to clean and renovate your pillows, including replacing the ticking, so they’ll look and feel like new again.

Drop off pillows at the lakeside entrance to Lake Winona Manor, 865 Mankato Avenue, on the Winona Health campus, between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, and your pillows will be renovated and back on your bed the same day.

All types of pillows can be cleaned including foam, Dacron and feather pillows. The service includes removing, disinfecting and deodorizing the pillow’s stuffing and placing it into new ticking. You also can have feather beds made into pillows.

For more information about the pillow cleaning service, contact Kraft Pillow Service at 712.378.2918.

For information about Lake Winona Manor, visit or call 507.457.4366.

Relief from the heat available at Winona Health

With heat indexes expected to rise to dangerous levels Wednesday through Friday, Winona Health is welcoming community members who may need to take a break from the heat.

Although clinic services are closed for the July 4 holiday, the hospital will be open for visitors until 8:30 pm. People seeking relief from the heat are invited to stop at the switchboard at the main hospital entrance for instructions to the available waiting areas which includes the hospital cafeteria. Thursday and Friday, visitors are also invited to come in the south clinic entrance and use the first or second floor waiting areas for heat relief. Winona Health has wireless internet access.

Winona Health Urgent Care July 4th hours

Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic open July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic, located at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, will be open Wednesday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check wait times.

All other Winona Health clinics will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.


The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, is always open.

Birthday Ball Style Show Tuesday, July 10–Invite your friends!

Sarah Ortega, Winona Health Auxiliary volunteer, is shown modeling a royal blue evening gown from Bridal Boutique. The store features gowns of many styles and colors for any special event, including the 50th anniversary WHA Birthday Ball which will be held on September 8.

Glitz and glamour will be abundant at the Winona Health Auxiliary Birthday Ball Style Show on Tuesday, July 10 at the Westfield Golf Course. In conjunction with the 50th year celebration of the Birthday Ball, the Auxiliary will be hosting a special fashion show featuring gowns from the past and present.

Nostalgic gowns from previous balls will be modeled by Auxiliary members as well as current styles from Bridal Boutique. The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 pm followed by the style show at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Glady Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health, Bridal Boutique, 1052 West Broadway Street, Winona, and Parlor & Den, 279 E. 3rd St., Winona. Appetizers will be available along with a cash bar.

“For 50 years, women have worn that very special dress to the annual Winona Health Auxiliary Birthday Ball,” said Pat Nolan, style show co-chair. “This event was organized so women could enjoy viewing the style and elegance of ball gowns from previous years and see new options from the Bridal Boutique – all while raising money for Auxiliary projects.”

Kim Schwab, Auxiliary volunteer and Nancy Brown, executive director of the Winona Health Foundation, view the many ball gowns worn in previous years.

This year’s Birthday Ball 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. Kim Schwab is the other co-chair of the style show.

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