Archives for August 2012

Urgent Care open 8 – 5 on Labor Day

Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic will be open Labor Day 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at Sarnia Square, 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, will be open Labor Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other Winona Health clinics will be closed on Labor Day.

To check current Urgent Care wait times, click here.

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona, is open 24 hours a day.

Winona Health Auxiliary hosting $5 Jewelry Sale

The Winona Health Auxiliary will again be hosting the Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Ave.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of quality jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, watches and accessories—and everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. The sale will provide a great opportunity to purchase some fun new jewelry for fall or to stock up on Christmas gifts for friends and family.

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

Winona Health Free Community Health Talk: Is this normal? Recognizing the signs of cognitive decline

Winona Health is presenting: Is this normal? Recognizing the signs of cognitive decline, a free Community Health Talk on Thursday, September 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

This program is for those who may have a concern about a family member’s memory issues or ability to function safely. Attendees will learn how to identify what’s normal and what may be a sign of cognitive decline and tips for how family members can offer suggestions or support.

Program presenters will be Carol Meyer-Boldon, CCC, SLP, a speech-language pathologist at Winona Health who works with individuals who have difficulties in the areas of speech, language, swallowing and cognitive dysfunction, and Judy Jorgensen, OTR/L, who is an expert in assessing and treating cognitive disorders.

There is no charge for this Community Health Talk, but space is limited so RSVP is required by Monday, September 17. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP online or call 507.457.4161.

Birthday Ball reservations accepted through Friday, August 31

Reservations for the Winona Health Auxiliary 50th Annual Birthday Ball may be made through Friday, August 31. The evening filled with “Glitz & Glamour” will be Saturday, September 8, at Visions Event Center.

The evening begins with a Pre-Ball Social from 5-7 p.m. Guests arrive at Visions Event Center by 7:30 p.m. for an evening of dinner, live entertainment by the band Incognito, dancing and socializing. There also will be a raffle for a diamond necklace.

The Ball promises to be a memorable evening for all in attendance. Funds raised in 2012 will go towards enhancing the healing environment for our hospital patients as well as providing scholarships for students pursuing careers in healthcare.

There is still time to make your reservations by mailing your RSVP or contacting reservations chair, Jennifer Hemker, at 507.459.6354.

Follow us on or visit the Birthday Ball website  for more information.

Winona Health offers new Stroke Rehabilitation Support Group

Winona Health is offering a new support group for people who have had a stroke and are undergoing or have under gone rehabilitation.

Winona Health speech language pathologist, Carol Meyer-Boldon, CCC, SLP, will facilitate the support group, which will give individuals an opportunity to ask questions, share tips with others who may be experiencing similar challenges and talk with others who are caring for a person who has had a stroke.

The group will begin meeting quarterly on Wednesday, October 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. and will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in January, April, July and October. Meetings will be in the second floor conference room at Sarnia Square, 420 East Sarnia Street.

There is no charge to participate in the group. Those who have questions may contact Carol Meyer-Boldon at or 507.457.4329


Free four-week Smoking Cessation program begins Thursday, August 30

Winona Health’s next Smoking Cessation program begins Thursday, August 30. This free program includes four sessions meeting consecutive Thursday evenings from 6 – 7:15 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

“We’ve recently made our four-week smoking cessation program free, so now people have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain when they take advantage of this opportunity,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP. “We also welcome those who have taken the class before. 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.”

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.

You’re invited! Rushford Clinic telemedicine demonstration

Winona Health’s Rushford Clinic, 109 W. Jessie Street, invites community members to a free telemedicine demonstration and open house, Wednesday, August 22, 5 – 7 p.m. There also will be free blood pressure and blood sugar checks.

Telemedicine is a virtual appointment between a patient and a healthcare provider, with the patient in one location and a healthcare provider who is in a different location. The technology includes computers, video cameras and a secure internet connection. There is also special equipment, such as an electronic stethoscope, otoscope and a high definition “exam cam.”

“Telemedicine offers advantages to patients. For example, it is more convenient and saves time and the cost of travel for patients. It’s especially beneficial for those who have mobility challenges,” explains William Davis, MD. “Telemedicine technology also makes it easier for family members in different locations to be involved in the visit and stay up-to-date on a loved one’s care.”

Telemedicine visits are covered by most insurance companies just like a face-to-face clinic appointment.

All community members are welcome, and no registration is required. In addition to the telemedicine demonstration, there will be free blood pressure and blood sugar checks and light refreshments will be available.

Those interested in learning more about telemedicine but are unable to attend the open house demonstration should contact their healthcare provider to see whether telemedicine visits are an option for them. Or, for more information, call Jenelle O’Donnell, Winona Health’s telemedicine coordinator at 507. 457.7624.