Archives for October 2012

Enjoy holiday shopping at the Auxiliary’s Holiday Happiness November 7 – 10

Holiday Happiness co-chairs

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s Glady D. Miller Gift Shop and Holiday Happiness co-chairs: Diane Barge, Jan Wanek, Mary Brenno and Carole Matejka, prepare to open packages filled with special merchandise ordered for the festive four-day holiday shopping event, November 7 through 10.

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Happiness will be November 7 through 10 on the Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital’s third floor will be transformed into a festive holiday shop featuring gifts, decorations, gourmet foods and bakery treats. Various local art and craft vendors also will have merchandise and baked goods for sale in the hospital lobby.

Holiday Happiness hours:

Wednesday, November 7: preview and opening 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 8: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, November 9: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 10: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Proceeds from Holiday Happiness go towards Auxiliary projects to enhance the healing environment for our patients and scholarships for students pursuing healthcare careers.

Holiday Happiness is a fun way to get holiday shopping done early while supporting local healthcare.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s Glady D. Miller Gift Shop and Holiday Happiness co-chairs: Diane Barge, Jan Wanek, Mary Brenno and Carole Matejka, prepare to open packages filled with special merchandise ordered for the festive four-day holiday shopping event, November 7 through 10 on the hospital’s 3rd floor.

Free Winona Area Diabetes Expo Saturday, October 27

Area residents are invited to a free Diabetes Expo Saturday, October 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona (clinic entrance).

Hosted by Winona Health diabetes and nutrition education staff and area Lions clubs, this free event will provide information to help individuals living with diabetes, or at risk for developing diabetes, to live healthier lives.

“We have a full morning of programs including an inspiring keynote presentation at 10:15,” notes Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, a Winona Health diabetes educator and one of the event organizers. “Attendees can stay for the whole event or stop by and attend the exhibits and programs that are of greatest interest to them. Those who attend three or more sessions can enter a prize drawing.”

Program schedule for Saturday, October 27

8:30:     Exhibits open

8:45

  • Keeping an Eye on Diabetes with Laurel Quinn, MD, Winona Health ophthalmologist
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro and Other Adventures with Diabetes by Steve Libera, Lions Club member who has diabetes

9:30

  • Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease with Dennis Nolan, MD, Winona Health Internal Medicine physician
  • Telemedicine 101 – New Healthcare Technology Demo with Jenelle O’Donnell, Winona Health telemedicine coordinator
  • Dining Delights for those with Diabetes with Matt Repaal, Winona Health chef
  • Islet Cell Research Video, Lions Club Booth

10:15

  • Keynote Speaker: Keeping Your Blood Sugars Down While Keeping Your Spirits Up with Sushila Mohan, MD, a psychiatrist with Associated Clinic of Psychology in St. Paul

11:00

  • Technology to Help You Manage Your Diabetes with Adam Zorn, Medtronic representative
  • Telemedicine 101 – New Healthcare Technology Demo with Jenelle O’Donnell, Winona Health telemedicine coordinator
  • Dining Delights for those with Diabetes with Matt Repaal, Winona Health chef
  • Islet Cell Research Video, Lions Club Booth

11:45

  • The Good, the Bad and the Inflammation with Andrew Edin, MD, Winona Health Internal Medicine physician
  • Making Sense of Neuropathy in Diabetes with Kris Schroder, RN, BSRN, Winona Health nurse

Free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings also will be available at the Expo. Additional highlights include refreshments and opportunities to win Visa gift cards.

The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, at Winona Health at 507.457.4570 or email jodonnell@winonahealth.org.

 

 

Auxiliary seeking tree donations for Fantasy of Trees – New location this year!

Winona Health Auxiliary Fantasy of Trees committee

Winona Health Auxiliary Fantasy of Trees committee members are busy preparing for the annual event and are seeking tree donations. Front row (l to r): Chair Dureen Heim, Chair Ruth Dalleska; middle row (l to r): Gayla Clemons, Julieanne Schwemer, Vange Thaldorf, Karen Nystrom; back row (l to r): Kathy Shustrom, Bonnie Kelly.

The Winona Health Auxiliary invites area businesses, service clubs, organizations and individuals to decorate and donate a tree to the annual Fantasy of Trees. This year, the Fantasy of Trees will be at a new location—the Winona Health clinic lobby at 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The beautifully decorated trees, available for purchase by sealed bid, will be on display at the clinic beginning Monday, November 12 with the Fantasy of Trees event taking place Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18.

“Holding the Fantasy of Trees on the Winona Heath campus will provide more convenient parking, more display space and give more people an opportunity to view and bid on the beautiful trees,” said Ruth Dalleska, Winona Health Auxilian and Fantasy of Trees chair. “We hope the displays add holiday cheer to all.”

The Fantasy of Trees weekend event also includes musical entertainment and the sale of holiday centerpieces, decorated wreaths and See’s Candy. In addition, raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win one of several great prizes.

Monday – Thursday, November 12-15

  • 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bidding on trees

Friday, November 16

  • • 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bidding on trees
  • • 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Music, craft sale (centerpieces & wreaths), raffle, refreshments

Saturday, November 17

  • • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bidding on trees, music, craft sale, raffle and refreshments
  • • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Santa & Mrs. Claus (Remember to bring your camera!)

Sunday, November 18

  • • Noon – 3 p.m. Bidding on trees, music, craft sale, raffle and refreshments

Proceeds from the sale of trees, crafts and candy will go toward enhancing the healing environment for patients and their families at Winona Health and to provide healthcare professional scholarships.

Donated trees must be between 12 and 48 inches tall, lighted or not. Themed or uniquely designed trees are preferred. For more information, or if interested in donating a tree, please call Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.

Karen Perkins, PA-C, joins Winona Health General Surgery Department

Karen Perkins, PA-C, joins Winona Health General Surgery Department

Karen Perkins, PA-C

Karen Perkins, a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) has joined Winona Health’s General Surgery Department and will work in collaboration with general surgeons Matthew Broghammer, DO; Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS; and Hans Zinneker, MD.

“When I interviewed, I got the sense that Winona Health is an organization that really cares about people,” said, Perkins. “I decided to be a PA because I care about people. I want to improve people’s lives by improving their health, and I am looking forward to making a difference with our surgery patients.”

Perkins earned her Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Stevens Point, Wis. where she graduated Summa cum Laude.

Perkins grew up in the Minneapolis area. She and her husband most recently lived in Philadelphia and are happy to back in the Midwest, geographically located between both of their families. Perkins is interested in international relief efforts and spent two months volunteering at a hospital in Bolivia.

In her free time, Perkins enjoys outdoor activities including biking, rollerblading, cross country skiing and tennis. She and her husband are looking forward to exploring the area.

To learn more about the surgical services available at Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org. To schedule an appointment in the General Surgery Department, call 507.457.7700.

Save the date for Winona Area Diabetes Expo Saturday, October 27

Area residents are invited to a free Diabetes Expo Saturday, October 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Diabetes Expo is hosted by area Lions clubs and Winona Health diabetes and nutrition education staff. The event will be at Winona Health 855 Mankato Avenue, clinic entrance.

“We work with area Lions Clubs to offer this event every two years,” notes Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, a Winona Health diabetes educator and one of the event organizers. “Attendees can stay for the whole event or stop by and attend the exhibits and programs that are of greatest interest to them.”

This free event will provide information to help individuals living with diabetes, or at risk for developing diabetes, to live healthier lives.

In addition to 30-minute educational seminars covering an array of topics, attendees can visit a wide variety of exhibits and ask experts questions about diabetes-related products and services. Exhibits will be geared toward educating people of all ages about the impact diabetes may have on their health and daily routine. People who are at risk for developing diabetes will learn about possible prevention methods as well.

Program presenters will include Andrew Edin, MD, and Dennis Nolan, MD, both Winona Health Internal Medicine physicians; Laurel Quinn, MD, Winona Health ophthalmologist; Kris Schroder, RN, BSRN, a Winona Health Pain Management Department nurse; Susila Mohan, MD, a psychiatrist with Associated Clinic of Psychology in St. Paul; and Steve Libera, a Lions Club member.

Free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings also will be available at the Expo. Additional highlights include refreshments and an opportunity to win a Visa gift card.

The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, at Winona Health at 507.457.4570 or email jodonnell@winonahealth.org.

 

 

Prostate screening $15, Thursday, October 18

Winona Health will provide prostate screening for $15 (cash or check accepted) on Thursday, October 18, from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.

American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that men make an informed decision with their primary healthcare provider about whether to be tested for prostate cancer. Starting at age 50, talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of testing so you can decide if testing is the right choice for you. If you are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should have this talk with your doctor starting at age 45.

Prostate cancer screening takes approximately 30 minutes. The screening will consist of two parts: a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test and a Rectal Exam (DRE). The first part of the screening will be a blood draw to obtain the PSA, and a physician will perform the DRE exam.

Screenings will be conducted by: J. David Rowekamp, MD; Thomas Retzinger, MD; Chris Hofland, MD; and Joseph Endrizzi, MD.

Check in will be on the second floor of the clinic on the Winona Health campus, 859 Mankato Avenue. The $15 fee will be collected (cash or check accepted) at registration. Appointments are encouraged, and walk-ins will be accepted as time permits.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 507.454.3680.

Free Winona Area Diabetes Expo Saturday, October 27

You are invited to a free Diabetes Expo Saturday, October 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona (clinic entrance).

Hosted by Winona Health diabetes and nutrition education staff and area Lions clubs, this free event will provide information to help individuals living with diabetes, or at risk for developing diabetes, to live healthier lives.

“We have a full morning of programs including an inspiring keynote presentation at 10:15,” notes Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, a Winona Health diabetes educator and one of the event organizers. “Attendees can stay for the whole event or stop by and attend the exhibits and programs that are of greatest interest to them. Those who attend three or more sessions can enter a prize drawing.”

Program schedule for Saturday, October 27

8:30: Exhibits open

8:45

• Keeping an Eye on Diabetes with Laurel Quinn, MD, Winona Health ophthalmologist

• Climbing Kilimanjaro and Other Adventures with Diabetes by Steve Libera, Lions Club member

9:30

• Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease with Dennis Nolan, MD, Winona Health Internal Medicine physician

• Telemedicine 101 – New Healthcare Technology Demo with Jenelle O’Donnell, Winona Health telemedicine coordinator

• Dining Delights for those with Diabetes with Matt Repaal, Winona Health chef

• Islet Cell Research Video, Lions Club Booth

10:15

• Keynote Speaker: Keeping Your Blood Sugars Down While Keeping Your Spirits Up with Sushila Mohan, MD, a psychiatrist with Associated Clinic of Psychology in St. Paul

11:00

• Technology to Help You Manage Your Diabetes with Adam Zorn, Medtronic representative

• Telemedicine 101 – New Healthcare Technology Demo with Jenelle O’Donnell, Winona Health telemedicine coordinator

• Dining Delights for those with Diabetes with Matt Repaal, Winona Health chef

• Islet Cell Research Video, Lions Club Booth

11:45

• The Good, the Bad and the Inflammation with Andrew Edin, MD, Winona Health Internal Medicine physician

• Making Sense of Neuropathy in Diabetes with Kris Schroder, RN, BSRN, Winona Health nurse

Free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings also will be available at the Expo. Additional highlights include refreshments and opportunities to win Visa gift cards.

The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, at Winona Health at 507.457.4570 or email jodonnell@winonahealth.org.

Dena Brion, CNP, joins Internal Medicine team

Dena Brion, CNP

Dena Brion, a certified nurse practitioner (CNP), has joined Winona Health’s Internal Medicine team and will provide care for adults in a variety of settings including the Internal Medicine Department, Winona Health Home Care, Lake Winona Manor and other skilled nursing residences. Brion’s services include palliative care to increase comfort and ease symptoms of chronic conditions and side effects from treatment.

“I am really looking forward to caring for patients and being a part of Winona Health,” said Brion. “The friendliness of the staff and strong sense of community appeals to me. It’s a great atmosphere and it’s obvious that Winona Health has a strong commitment to community healthcare.”

Brion earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and her Master of Science-Nurse Practitioner from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.

Prior to becoming a certified nurse practitioner, Brion had more than 15 years experience as a Registered Nurse in both clinic and hospital settings with Mayo Health System. Her nursing experience includes caring for patients in a busy Family Practice clinic, wound care, assisting with procedures, education and care coordination for patients with cancer, chemotherapy administration, evaluating patients experiencing side effects; coordinating care with physicians.

To schedule an appointment in the Internal Medicine Department, call 507.457.7622.

For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Healt visit winonahealth.org and click Find a Providerh,. Winona Health is also on Facebook at Twitter.

WAAS paramedic launches “Project Helping Hearts”

Winona Area Ambulance Service paramedic Andrew Teska is launching a community service project that could save the life of someone you love—it may even save your life.

Teska’s “Project Helping Hearts” is an initiative to provide the most immediate care possible to people who experience sudden cardiac arrest while in a public place. The project’s success will be dependent on information gathering and the use of technology.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. An estimated 325,000 people die each year—nearly 1,000 per day. One fourth of sudden cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from a bystander. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately, can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.

Teska said that the potential for rapid response can be increased by using current cell phone technology to send an alert to CPR-trained bystanders, including notification about where an automated external defibrillator (AED) is located.

“With the technology that’s available today, we have the power to save more lives—and community members and area businesses and organizations will be an important part of this effort,” said Teska. “I’m excited about leading this community service project.”

Although he’s spearheading the project, Teska noted that several people, including John Gallagher, MD, a Winona Health Emergency Department physician and co-medical director of Winona Area Ambulance Service (WAAS), and Karla Eppler, WAAS operations manager, are supporting the effort.

The project will get underway with Teska and other WAAS staff conducting a door-to-door campaign to businesses and public buildings in Winona and Goodview in an effort to learn about each venue such as whether they currently are equipped with an AED.

The project will involve several phases including:

• building a database of the information collected

• incorporating information into the law enforcement center’s computer-aided dispatch console

• community education

Businesses, community organizations or individuals interested in helping with Project Helping Hearts should contact Andy Teska at Winona Area Ambulance Service: 507. 452.5351. Project Helping Hearts is on Facebook: facebook.com/projecthelpinghearts and twitter @HelpingHeartsToday.

 

Staff Slimdown Challenge Results – Healthy starts here.

Jeff Stoltman, a pharmacy technician at Winona Health’s Parkview Pharmacy, was motivated by an employee competition and was the individual winner of the Winona Health Slimdown Challenge.

Winona Health staff recently completed its first employee “Slimdown Challenge” with participants losing a total of 1,141 pounds.

“We’re pleased with our first effort!” said Alicia Lalim, employee wellness specialist at Winona Health. “Many people set out to improve their health through weight loss—some with small success and some with life-changing weight loss.”

Winona Health’s friendly, staff-wide competition, in which employees could participate individually or as part of a team, ran from March 12, 2012 to July 31, 2012. Participants were weighed and measured at the challenge’s onset and periodically throughout the challenge.

“We really set out to improve the health of our staff in a fun way—we were going for sort of a friendly, competitive camaraderie to help people stay motivated,” said Michael Skroch, Winona Health director of Human Resources. “Along with that, we also wanted to provide support, information, and some fun incentives to keep people motivated.”

The Grand Prize Winner was Jeff Stoltman, a member of Winona Health’s Parkview Pharmacy team. Jeff lost 24% of his body weight—nearly a fourth of himself!

“Before the contest, I was probably at my heaviest weight, so I decided to try to lose 10 pounds,” said Stoltman. “After I lost those 10 pounds, I decided to lose more. The contest was definitely a motivator.”

Other outstanding individual results included Dino Orr, Health Information Services, with a 20% weight loss; Karen Resch, RN, Emergency Department, with 18% weight loss and Jane Senn, Pain Management Clinic, with 16.5% weight loss.

In the team competition, the team called simply, “We can do it,” included members of the Surgery Department: Kris Schroder, RN, LuAnn Schmidtknecht, RN, Diane Doebbert, RN, Martha Van Aarde, RN, Kristi Deppa, RN, and Sandy Stiever, RN. Together, their team lost 114 pounds.

“The competition seemed to increase motivation and the teams used a little humor in coming up with their names,” noted Lalim. For example, team names included: Pharmacy Phattie, Baby Boomer Brigade, Chunky Monkeys and Badonkadonk Busters.

The Slimdown Challenge is part of Winona Health’s ongoing Healthy U Employee Wellness Program, an initiative to improve employees’ health and to hold down the organization’s healthcare costs.

“I think that the Healthy U program and the Slimdown Challenge are part of what makes Winona Health a great place to work,” said Lalim “We try to encourage our patients to live a healthier lifestyle, and as employees, we should all do our best to lead by example. We all know how challenging it can be to do the right things to protect our health. It’s an ongoing effort!”

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