Archives for December 2012

Emily Tracey, PA-C, joining Pediatrics. Temporary schedule changes at Rushford Clinic.

Emily Tracey, PA-CEmily Tracey, PA-C, is joining Winona Health’s Pediatrics Department full time beginning January 2.

Emily has been with Winona Health for the last 18 months working in Family Practice and the Rushford Clinic. “Emily has a great passion for kids and enjoys participating in community-based kids’ events,” said Marti Bollman, administrative leader for Primary Care at Winona Health. “We’re looking forward to welcoming Emily to Pediatrics. We know parents and children will benefit from and enjoy having Emily as their care provider.”

To schedule an appointment with Emily Tracey in the Pediatrics Department, call 507.457.7607.

Emily’s move to the Pediatrics Department in Winona will lead to temporary changes in the schedule at Rushford Clinic.

“We are committed to providing outstanding care to the Rushford community,” emphasized Bollman. “We are looking for additional healthcare providers to join Dr. Modjeski and Sarah Olszewski, PA-C, and the care team in Rushford.”

Rushford Clinic will be closed during the following times in January:


Tuesday, January 1

Tuesday, January 15

Tuesday, January 8 – morning

Tuesday, January 22 – morning

Tuesday, January 29 – morning

Please call Rushford Clinic for appointment options at 507.864.7726.

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at 402 E. Sarnia in Winona is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wait times are posted on the Winona Health website: The Urgent Care Clinic will close at 5 p.m. on December 31 and be closed for the New Year’s holiday January 1.

Free Smoking Cessation program

Improve your health: Make this the year you break free from tobacco

Winona Health’s next Smoking Cessation program begins Thursday, January 10. This free program includes four sessions meeting Thursday evenings from 6 – 7:15 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue.

“Whether this is your first attempt to quit or you’ve tried to quit several times before, this program is for you,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitators. “People don’t always quit the first time they try, but with each attempt, they may come closer to their goal.”

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

The program is free. For more information or 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.

Colors of Cancer Fitness Festival February 22 through 24

Join the Winona Family YMCA, Winona Health, Live Well Winona and Hy-Vee for the second annual Colors of Cancer fundraiser and cancer awareness event scheduled for Friday through Sunday, February 22-24, 2013, at the Winona Family YMCA. Funds raised during the event will be donated to the Winona Health Chemo and Infusion Therapy Department.

Participants can choose from a wide variety of fitness classes such as Body Pump, indoor cycling, Pilates, yoga, a dance fitness party, competitive and non-competitive indoor triathlons, a lunch-and-learn “Eat to Compete -Nutrition for Athletes” with Hy-Vee Dietitian Alexandra Economy, and more! Most classes during the Colors of Cancer Fitness Festival are just $5, and some activities require pre-registration.

The Colors of Cancer event also features the “Y Not Tri-It” triathlon on Sunday, February 24. Registration for the “Y Not Tri-It” event is $40 and includes a long-sleeved moisture-wicking shirt. Both the competitive and non-competitive triathlon will include a 10-minute swim, 30-minute stationary bike ride, and 20-minute treadmill run. Participants in the competitive section will have their distances recorded and be eligible for prizes. Register by February 8 to guarantee shirt size.

For a list of the Colors of Cancer Fitness Festival activities and registration information, pick up a schedule of events at the Winona Family YMCA, 207 Winona Street, or find the schedule online at You may also call the YMCA at 507-454-1520 for more information.

Holiday hours

Winona Health holiday hours will be as follows:

Monday, December 24:

Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Winona Clinics and outpatient laboratory: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Rushford Clinic: 8 a.m. – noon

• Lewiston Clinic: closed

• Retail pharmacies: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 25:

All Winona Health clinics, outpatient laboratory and retail pharmacies closed

Monday, December 31:

Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Winona and Lewiston clinics and laboratory: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Rushford Clinic: 8 a.m. – noon

• Retail pharmacies: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesday, January 1:

• All Winona Health clinics, outpatient laboratory and retail pharmacies closed

Winona Health’s Emergency Department at 855 Mankato Avenue is always open. For information about Winona Health, visit or call 507.454.3650.

Diabetes Prevention Program: Register by January 3


Winona Health’s certified diabetes educators are offering a four-week program to help people prevent type 2 diabetes. Small Steps, Big Rewards meets four consecutive Tuesday evenings, January 8 through 29, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the clinic second floor conference room at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue.

Certified diabetes educators, Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, and Sue Haug, RD, LD, CDE, facilitate the program, which 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


“It’s important for people to have a true understanding of the impact diabetes can have on them and the areas that are in their power to control,” noted O’Donnell. “We’ve had participants tell us that the program has really motivated them to make positive changes.”

Registration for Small Steps, Big Rewards is open through Thursday, January 3, and the cost is $50 per person. For more information or to register, call 507.457.7670.

HealingScapes 2013 calendar available now

Winona Health has produced a calendar inspired by the HealingScapes photo competition held last spring. The calendar features favorite regional photos taken by area residents.

“When we transitioned to all private patient rooms last spring, we were looking for artwork to place in the rooms. We decided to invite community members to contribute photos that they thought would enhance our healing environment,” said Betsy Midthun, chief Marketing and Foundation officer. “The idea for the calendars was inspired by the many wonderful photos that were submitted. People can now enjoy those images all year long.”

The calendars, which also include inspirational wellness messages, are available for $5 each at the Winona Health Auxiliary Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the hospital lobby at 855 Mankato Avenue.

Gift shop hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with special Saturday hours, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through December 22.

Proceeds from Gift Shop sales go toward Auxiliary projects to benefit Winona Health patients and residents and for healthcare scholarships.

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

Welcome Nawang Sherpa, CNP

Winona Health recently added a healthcare provider to its Urgent Care staff. Nawang Sherpa, CNP, will see patients of all ages at the Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona.

Nawang Sherpa, CNPNawang Sherpa, CNP

Nawang Sherpa, certified nurse practitioner (CNP), received his Master of Science-Family Nurse Practitioner, from Winona State University-Rochester and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University.

Sherpa’s professional experience includes caring for patients in the Transitional Care Unit at St. Anne’s Extended Healthcare in Winona and at the Golden Living Center in St. Charles, Minn. He is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check current Urgent Care wait times here.

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

Mississippi Medley Run/Walk Series information

Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the first ever Mississippi Medley Run/Walk Series! Join us for a minimum of 4 out of 8 5K races in Winona, Minnesota between Feb 2  and  Oct 19, 2013.

The goal of the series is to create an easy way for community members to be active while adding an element of community fun. The races are open to everyone, so sign up and join in the fun whether you are a competitive athlete, new runner, seasoned walker or first timer!

Benefits of registering for the series:

• Centralized registration

• Discounted race rates

• ¼ zip long sleeve with thumb holes (complimentary with registration and completion of all 8 races)

• Special awards ceremony

• Door prizes

Contact Live Well Winona at or 507-474-9825.

Register here.