Archives for September 2012

Winona Health offers free stroke therapy 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 Winona Health Sarnia Square, 420 East Sarnia Street.

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

Therapy Services to host appreciation luncheon

Winona Health Therapy Services invites current and past patients to a customer appreciation luncheon, Wednesday, October 10, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Therapy Services Department at Sarnia Square, 420 East Sarnia Street, in Winona.

To thank current and past patients, the Therapy Services staff is hosting a free lunch with door prize drawings for prizes such as a Fitbit® (electronic fitness tracker) and a certificate for a free massage every month for a year and other giveaways.

“Our staff and patients form bonds, and we like to have a way to reconnect with them after they recover and no longer need therapy,” said Corrie Searles, director of Therapy Services at Winona Health. “This is a great opportunity for patients and staff to get together and enjoy catching up.”

For more information about Winona Health Therapy Services or the luncheon on October 10, call 507.457.4329.

New overhead music signifies miracle of life

Winona Health has implemented “A Life Changing Moment,” a brief musical recording that plays overhead to acknowledge the miracle of life.

“As chaplains, we believe that the two most significant events in any person’s life are being born and dying,” said chaplain Kathy Redig. “There should be a special way, shared throughout the organization, to recognize and acknowledge when a life begins or comes to an end.”

To recognize these significant events, Winona Health is beginning a simple but elegant ritual of playing a musical piece at both occasions – when a life begins and when a life ends—that will be heard throughout the Winona Health main campus.

The chaplains invite Winona Health patients, visitors and staff to be aware of what the musical piece signifies – celebrating new life and honoring a life completed. The musical piece will not indicate which event occurred, but it’s a reminder to everyone hearing it to reflect on the mystery and miracle of life. The musical piece will be heard in the hospital, clinic and Lake Winona Manor.

Winona Health’s Pastoral Care team includes chaplains Carol Garman, Kathy Redig and Tom Schoen.

For more information about Pastoral Care at Winona Health, visit or call 507.457.4382.

Alcoholism in the Workplace: A program for Human Resources and Workplace Safety Professionals

Winona Health’s Occupational Health team invites Human Resources and Workplace Safety professionals to Breakfast with the Experts: Alcoholism in the Workplace

Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 – 9 a.m.

Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Ave.

Todd Hoffe, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor at Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center (HVMHC), has more than 25 years of experience in working with individuals suffering from substance abuse. Todd will discuss:

• Signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse in adults

• Specific techniques on addressing possible substance abuse by a coworker or employee

• How to recognize signs of impairment

• Various programs available through HVMHC to assist with overcoming addiction, including the employee assistance program for evaluation and assessment of possible abuse or addiction

There is no charge for the program, but reservations are required by Monday, October 15. A complimentary breakfast is included. To 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.

Winona Health Family Practice welcomes back Mary Kramer, CNP

Mary Kramer, CNP

Mary Kramer, CNP

Winona Health welcomes back Mary Kramer, CNP, to its Family Practice Department. Beginning September 17, Kramer will see patients of all ages at Winona Clinic.

A dedicated family nurse practitioner, Kramer has 15 years of experience managing acute, chronic and emergent health issues for patients of all ages.

Most recently, Kramer has been providing primary health care service for families in several rural Minnesota communities. Previously, with Winona Health, Kramer saw patients at Winona, Rushford and Lewiston Clinics.

Kramer’s professional associations include Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners.

She has two daughters and five grandchildren, and she enjoys the area’s many opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking, biking and gardening.

To make an appointment with Mary Kramer at Winona Health, call 507.454.3680.

Winona Health Eye Care Center Fall Style Show Thursday, October 4

Eye Care Fall Style Show - October 4, 2012Winona Health’s Eye Care Center will host a Fall Style Show Thursday, October 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Winona Health Eye Care Center is on the third floor of the Winona Clinic at 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

During this one-day event, the Eye Care Center offers a 25% discount on complete pairs of glasses and there is a gift with purchase. Prescriptions from any optical shop are welcome. Attendees also can enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes.

Try on a special selection of frames including:

  • Hello Kitty
  • Jill Stuart
  • Stetson
  • Van Heusen
  • Wildflower
  • Ck
  • Bebe

The Winona Health Eye Care Center provides comprehensive vision care for all ages including surgical treatment of eye diseases. There’s even a special exam room for children.

To schedule an appointment with ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD, or optometrist Scott Pastryk, OD, call the  Winona Health Eye Care Center at 507.474.4760 or learn more about the Eye Care Center at

Four-week diabetes prevention program begins Tuesday, October 2

Winona Health certified diabetes educators are offering Small Steps, Big Rewards, a four-week program to help people prevent type 2 diabetes. The program meets four consecutive Tuesday evenings, October 2 through 23, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the clinic’s second floor conference room, Winona Health, clinic entrance, 859 Mankato Avenue.

Certified diabetes educators, Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, and Sue Haug, RD, LD, CDE, will be the program facilitators. The program is intended for people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Risk factors for diabetes include:

• Abnormal glucose laboratory results

• Diabetes in pregnancy or giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

• Family history of diabetes

• Excess body weight (especially around the waist)

• Low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides

• High blood pressure

• Low activity level

• Poor diet

Registration is required by Friday, Friday, September 28. The cost is $50 per person. For more information or to register, call 507.457.7670.