Archives for January 2013

Free Community Health Workshop: Hands Only CPR

If you saw someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? If not, don’t you wish you did?

Saturday, February 23, Winona Health is offering free workshops to teach you, your friends and family how to help someone having sudden cardiac arrest. The workshops will be informative and fun. All ages 12 and older are welcome. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

“February, heart month, is a great time to do something special for your Valentine and all the people you love,” says Helen Bagshaw, RN, a Winona Health ICU nurse who will be leading the workshop. “People may be surprised to learn that saving someone’s life doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hands only CPR is easy to learn, and you never know when you may have the opportunity to save a life.” Information about choking and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) also will be provided.

Bagshaw notes that the Hand Only CPR training is easy; just two steps:

1. Call 911

2. Push hard and fast in center of chest to the beat of ‘Staying Alive’

Sign up now for one of the half-hour workshops (limited to 10 people per session):

• 10 – 10:30 a.m.

• 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

• 11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

• 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

• 1 – 1:30 p.m.

Here are a few good reasons to sign up:

• 89% of cardiac arrests happen at home.

• 400,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting each year in the USA.

• 89% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die because they don’t receive immediate CPR.

• 70% of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know CPR.

• ‘Hands Only CPR’ can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

• Each year, sudden cardiac arrest causes more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

 The workshops will be held at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, in the B.A. Miller Auditorium. Workshops are free but space is limited. RSVP for a specific time is required by Thursday, February 21. Sign up for a workshop by calling 507.457.4161 or click here to view our calendar and register online.


Auxiliary raises more than $80,000 in 2012

The annual meeting of the Winona Health Auxiliary was held on Thursday, January 17, at Signatures. Officers were elected, service chairs were appointed and awards were presented to individuals who had achieved milestone levels of service hours ranging from 100 hours to 9,500 hours.

“I am so proud to be a member of this organization,” said Nancy Enochs, Auxiliary president, during her welcoming comments. “Our members work every day, in so many ways, to serve Winona Health and our community. Winona Health volunteers serve with dedication, kindness, and creativity, and are known for always having a smile to share.” 

Enochs presented Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO, with a check for $55,000, which will be used to enhance the healing environment for patients at Winona Heath. In addition, $3,000 was given for projects to benefit residents at Winona Health’s Senior Living at Watkins, Roger Metz, Adith Miller and Lake Winona manors and $23,000 was awarded for healthcare scholarships in 2012. Thus, the grand total for Auxiliary gifts in 2012 was $81,000.

“We celebrate your success this past year, and we congratulate and thank you,” said Schultz. “The Auxiliary has always been an important organization, but now it is more important than ever. Regardless of the challenges we all face in an ever-changing healthcare environment, we have clarity of our commitment to our patients and residents and to our community. On behalf of our senior management team, the board, our physicians and staff, thank you for all you do.”

In addition to funds raised throughout the year during various events and at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop, last year volunteers provided 30,534 hours of service to Winona Health. Using the current U.S. average hourly value for volunteer time, that amounts to a gift equivalent to $660,145 in service time to Winona Health.

 Auxiliary officers for 2013 are: Nancy Enochs, president; Sheryl Miller, president-elect; Sheila Lind, secretary; Carol Partington, treasurer; Irene Mulyck, assistant treasurer; Pat Nolan, past president; and Kim Schwab, Winona Health board representative.

For more information about the Winona Health Auxiliary or volunteer opportunities at Winona Health, visit or call 507.474.3328.


Diabetes Prevention Class 1/29 rescheduled for 2/5

There will be no Diabetes Prevention class on Tuesday, January 29 due to the weather. The class (fourth in the series) has rescheduled for Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30.

Auxiliary $5 Jewelry Sale February 6 and 7

The Winona Health Auxiliary is holding the Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday, February 6 from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Thursday February 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Ave.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, there will be a wide variety of 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.

All proceeds will go toward Auxiliary projects, as well as healthcare educational scholarships. More information about Winona Health and the Winona Health Auxiliary is available here.

Free Community Health Talk: Mind, Spirit and Body

Winona Health invites community members to a free Community Health Talk, Mind, Spirit and Body, Wednesday, February 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The program will be on the second floor of the clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The program is designed to provide information, inspiration and motivation for individuals of all ages to take care of themselves so they feel their best mentally and physically. Presenters and topics will be:

• Alicia Lalim, exercise physiologist and health/wellness coach, will share information about the aging process and benefits of exercise.

• John Rislove, director of Inpatient Services, will address how a positive attitude impacts our mental health and overall happiness.

• Heidi Ferris, dietitian, will provide tips and inspiration for enjoying food that tastes good and is good for you.

The program is free but RSVP is required by Monday, February 4. Light refreshments provided. RSVP by phone: 507.457.4161 or online here.

Attendees are invited to arrive early on February 6 to shop at the Winona Health Auxiliary’s $5 Jewelry Sale going on until 6 p.m. in the clinic lobby.

Ken Mogren named chair of the Winona Health board of directors

Ken Mogren
Winona Health board chair

Ken Mogren was  named chairman of the Winona Health board of directors. Mogren is a Winona native who has served on the Winona Health board since 2004.

 “One of the things that distinguishes Winona as a great place to live is the availability of first-class health care,” said Mogren. As Winona Health’s board chair, I hope to play a role in making it even better. A particular interest of mine is helping people prevent or delay the onset of chronic medical conditions. Healthcare providers at Winona Health strive to do that every day, and I believe we can make an important difference in our community by becoming more involved in that area.”

 Gary Evans is stepping down as board chair after more than 20 years of service.

 “As I look back at the past 20 years, I recognize what significant and progressive changes have occurred: the mergers with the Winona Clinic and Family Medicine, the construction of a new office building at the southeastern end of the campus, the ramp up in technology and a growing reputation in the world of health care as one of the premiere small-town systems in the nation,” said Evans. “I step down with the satisfaction that much has been accomplished but there is much more to be done. It’s especially gratifying to know that I am leaving the board in the very capable hands of Ken Mogren, who has the talents to take Winona Health to the next level.”

 Mogren recently retired as president of Winona Agency, Inc. after more than 40 years. He is a strong advocate for maintaining life-long health. His interests include running, biking and cross-country skiing. He competes in national and world masters championships in those sports and has won two national championships in his age group. He and his wife, Sally, have three sons.

In addition to Mogren, Winona Health board members are: Scott Biesanz; Steve Blue; Scott Birdsall, MD; Matthew Broghammer, DO; Jan Brosnahan; Vicki Decker; Gary Evans; Richard Ferris, MD; Herb Highum; Pastor Rick Iglesias; Jim Killian; Hugh Miller; Daniel Parker, MD; Rachelle Schultz, president/CEO; Kim Schwab; and Mark Wagner.

 The board is responsible for establishing Winona Health’s strategic direction; quality and safety; financial oversight; and setting organizational policy. Board members are committed to guiding Winona Health in its mission to improve the health and well-being of the greater Winona area community while remaining a strong and independent, not-for-profit community-owned healthcare system.

Girl Scouts donate tie blankets

Girl Scouts unless otherwise noted: Back row (left to right): Faye Conners, RN; Maria Goodroad, RN; Beth Poulin, director, Emergency and Urgent Care; Kristiana Barnholtz, Stormy Presson, Morgan Gould. Front row (left to right): Natalie Baker, Jeanette Speltz, Abigail Peshon, Diane Spiten, RN; and Laura Stussy, RN. Not pictured: Makayla Jacob and Paige Thesing-Denzer.

Members of Girl Scout Troop 43214 which includes scouts from Lewiston, Altura and Winona, recently donated 20 tie blankets to the Winona Health Emergency Department and Urgent Care Clinic. The donation was part of a community service project the girls are working on to earn a “Bronze Award.” Troop leaders are Julie Rassett and Missy Barnholtz.

 All donations to Winona Health are made through the Winona Health Foundation. To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation, visit, or contact the Foundation office at 507.474.3328.




Welcome Katrina Hammel, MD, hospitalist

Katrina Hammel, MDBoard-certified Internal Medicine physician Katrina Hammel, MD, has joined the Winona Health medical staff and serves as a hospitalist.

Hospitalists specialize in caring for patients while they are hospitalized. They work closely with each patient’s primary physician and care coordination teams made up of nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and other specialty care staff.

“I’m looking forward to focusing on inpatient care and helping people get back home with the information and resources they need to stay well,” said Dr. Hammel.

Prior to joining Winona Health, Dr. Hammel cared for patients in the Internal Medicine Department at Gundersen Lutheran in Onalaska.

Dr. Hammel completed her residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa and received her medical degree at the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City. She is certified by the American board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Hammel and her husband have five sons and live in Trempealeau, Wis.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here, or call 507.454.3650.

Community Health Talk – Changing Community Norms: Preventing Sexual & Domestic Violence

Winona Health invites community members to a free Community Health Talk, Changing Community Norms: Preventing Sexual & Domestic Violence, Thursday, January 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. The program will be at Winona Health in the B. A. Miller Auditorium on the third floor of the hospital.

Beliefs, attitudes and knowledge shape how a community allows violence to exist within its midst. This Community Health Talk led by Helen Bagshaw, RN, a Winona Health Intensive Care Unit nurse, and Joe Morse, co-founder of Beyond Tough Guise, a Winona non-profit organization, will provide information about what’s happening locally and how individuals can take action to stop violence.

Bagshaw has been a CPR and Nonviolent Crisis Prevention instructor for staff at Winona Health since 2005. She is a member of the Winona County Sexual and Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Project Steering Committee and Speakers Bureau since 2010.

Morse works with many community agencies and organizations locally and statewide to engage men and boys in promoting positive masculine values and justice standards that include respecting and appreciating women and other men in nonviolent, responsible and cooperative relationships. The goal is to stop violence before it starts. He has served as a member of the Winona Domestic Assault Project task force, the board of Directors for the Houston County Women Resources and the Women’s Resource Center of Winona. He also facilitated groups for domestic assault perpetrators for 17 years and in that process closely examined his own abusive and controlling behavior toward women.

This free Community Health Talk will provide insight into what you can do to make a difference in your community.

The program is free but RSVP is required by Tuesday, January 29. Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, call 507.457.4161 or online at

Winona Health Senior Living at Watkins links past and present with Fireside Lounge


Winona Health Senior Living at Watkins recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new Fireside Lounge, a beautiful and comfortable area on the residence’s first floor. Residents (l to r) Katie, Dale and Bernette.

Winona Health Senior Living at Watkins recently remodeled one of its first floor common areas and welcomed residents to the new Fireside Lounge.

“When the Watkins mansion was built in the 1920s, this area originally was where horses pulled up carriages for the Watkins family and their guests,” said Cheryl Krage, manager of Winona Health Senior Living at Watkins. “This is a one-of-a-kind place to live. It is so unusual because we have a special link to the glamorous past of the expansive Watkins family home.”

The remodeled space is where the historic Watkins mansion links to the modern assisted living apartments. Most recently used for a little gift shop, Krage said the space is now a cozy area with a fireplace and comfortable seating where residents enjoy gathering.

Krage noted that several other areas have been updated to enhance the living space and enjoyment for residents and guests. Those interested in touring the residence are invited to drop in during Monday and Friday afternoons between 1 and 4 p.m. On those days, there also is musical entertainment for residents, guests and interested community members in the Great Hall beginning at 2:30.

“We enjoy showing people around our uncommon home. Our link to the early 1900s and Winona’s history is very unique,” said Krage. “Our residents enjoy events in the Watkins Great Hall several times a month and they use other areas for meetings or gatherings as needed.” Individual tours can also be arranged by calling 507.494.7400.

Winona Health Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona, has earned a Confident Choices for Senior Living certificate from Aging Services of Minnesota. More information about Senior Living at Watkins is available here.