Archives for February 2013

HealingScapes photo entries due March 31

Winona Health’s HealingScapes 2012 Judge’s Choice Grand Prize Winner, “Perfect Reflection” by Linda Weinmann.

Winona Health’s HealingScapes 2012 Judge’s Choice Grand Prize Winner, “Perfect Reflection” by Linda Weinmann.

Winona Health is conducting its regional photo competition HealingScapes™ for the second year in a row.

“Last year’s HealingScapes competition received such a positive response from the community, patients, visitors and staff,” noted Pat Nolan, who will be co-chairing the HealingScapes committee with Kim Schwab. “The Winona Health Auxiliary is excited to add this to our fundraising activities. In addition to enhancing the healing environment at Winona Health, our goal is to make HealingScapes an enjoyable event for everyone who participates.”

Photos must represent the greater Winona region and can include any scene or landscapes highlighting the natural beauty of the local environment. Wildlife, structures, etc. may also be included. “We are looking for photos of the region that will provide comforting and soothing images for patients and their families,” said Nolan.

The HealingScapes competition is open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages. Photos taken within the past five years can be entered. Entries will be judged on technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Winning entries will be judged by the popular vote of the community, photographers, Winona Health staff and also by a panel of professional judges. Winning entries will be framed and placed in specially selected areas of Winona Health and include information about the photographer and location of the photograph.

The winning photographs will be announced the week of May 20. All entries will be acknowledged at a special event held on Thursday, June 27 at Winona Health. The event will be sponsored by the Winona Health Auxiliary and include a live auction of the winning photographs.

There is no entry fee to the HealingScapes competition and the entry requirements are simple. Entries will be accepted through Sunday, March 31. Details and entry forms are available here.

Visitor limitations lifted

Winona Health’s visitor limitations have been lifted. The limitations, which were put in place to minimize patients’ and residents’ potential exposure to the influenza virus, went into effect at the hospital and Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors on January 7. Since then, visitors in those areas were limited to immediate family only.

“The level of influenza has moved from wide-spread to regional,” said Sara Gabrick, administrator, Surgical and Specialty Care Services. “The Winona area isn’t completely flu-free; however, the peak has passed in our area at least for the time being.”

Although visitor limitations have been lifted, healthcare providers at Winona Health continue to advise those who are sick or experiencing any type of influenza-like symptoms to refrain from visiting hospitalized friends and family or visiting Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors.

Patients and family members coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are still encouraged to wear a mask. Masks are available at the hospital and clinic main entrances.

As always, Winona Health encourages individuals to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

If you have additional questions about the flu, contact your primary healthcare provider or the Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia. 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. To check current Urgent Care wait times, click here.

Tranquility TV: A generous gift from our Auxiliary

A generous donation from the Winona Health Auxiliary was used to add Tranquility TV to the channel line-up throughout the Winona Health main campus. Tranquility TV provides therapeutic relaxation video with soothing music to patients and residents and is available 24-hours a day.

“Tranquility TV most definitely supports our goal of enhancing the healing environment for our patients,” said Robin Hoeg, service line leader for Inpatient Care. “Scientific evidence shows that this type of therapeutic tool can reduce stress, accelerate patient recovery, and create an environment that increases comfort and makes treatment easier for patients.” Hoeg added that Tranquility TV can also mask ambient noise to help patients sleep.

Nancy Enochs, Winona Health Auxiliary president, said, “Auxiliary volunteers work hard throughout the year planning fundraising events. But it’s because of the generosity of community members that we’re able to raise enough money to support Winona Health projects such as enhancing the healing environment for patients and residents.”

Tranquility TV is available throughout Winona Health’s main campus including the hospital, Lake Winona, Roger Metz and Adith Miller manors, in the clinic, Emergency Department and Surgery family waiting area.

In 2012, the Winona Health Auxiliary raised more than $80,000 for projects to enhance the healing environment at Winona Health and for scholarship for individuals pursing healthcare careers. More information about the Winona Health Auxiliary is available here.

Seeking nominees for the Ben and Adith Miller Community Service Tribute

Generosity in Action

The Winona Health Foundation is seeking nominations for the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

The Ben and Adith Miller Community Service Tribute is awarded to an outstanding person, persons or community organization who has made a significant difference and positive impact on the Winona region and/or Winona Health. Candidates will be evaluated on their generosity of time, spirit, energy and/or charitable donations. Nomination forms are available online at winonahealth.org/tribute and nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 22.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute was established by the late community philanthropist, Benjamin A. Miller, in the name of his wife, Adith. In addition to a special recognition dinner at Cedar Valley Restaurant, the family of Ben & Adith Miller and RTP Company honors the recipient with a $25,000 contribution to the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund to assist area individuals and families.

Written nominations for the 2012 Tribute are being accepted now through March 22. Find more information and the nomination form here. If questions, call 507.457.4394 or contact mfidler@winonahealth.org.

Previous Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients:

2011 Marlene Kohner

2010 Jenny Kahl

2009 Justin Green

2008 Nancy Iglesias

2007 Dennis Theede and Home and Community Options

2006 Karen and O.J. Fawcett

2005 Donna Helble

2004 Kent Gernander

2003 Marilyn and Keith Schwab, Kim and Pete Schwab

2002 L. “Max” DeBolt

2001 Rose Anderson and Diane Barge

2000 Carol and Dan Barr

1999 Joette and Michael Gostomski

1998 Roger Metz

1997 Nancy and Mark Kristensen

1996 Dave Arnold and Dan Rukavina

1995 Pete Woodworth

1994 Dr. Frank and Ruth Bures

1993 Sue Cornwell

1992 Bob Kierlin

1991 Tom Graham

1990 Gary Evans

1989 Pauline Knight

1988 Tom and Judith Stark, Dr. Roger and Helen Hartwich, John and Helen David

Welcome dermatologists Michael Colgan, MD, and Michael White, MD

Michael Colgan, MD

Michael Colgan, MD

Winona Health welcomes dermatologists Michael Colgan, MD, and Michael White, MD, from the Dermatology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. Dr. Colgan and Dr. White will see patients part-time in the Winona Health Dermatology Department.

Dr. Colgan received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and completed his residency in Dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He also completed a fellowship in Dermatologic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery.

Michael White, MD

Michael White, MD

Dr. White received his medical degree from Wayne StateUniversity School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich. He completed an internship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. and his Dermatology residency at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Medical Association, the Society for Investigative Dermatology and the Association of Professors of Dermatology. He is certified as a Diplomat by the American Board of Dermatology.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Colgan or Dr. White in the Dermatology Department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7670.

Welcome LeAnne Morey, PA-C, Behavioral Health

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LeAnne Morey, PA-C

LeAnne Morey, PA-C, joined the Winona Health Behavioral Health staff and will work with individuals in both the inpatient Behavioral Health unit and outpatient Psychiatric & Counseling Services. She has a special interest in children and adolescent psychiatry and is also experienced in adult psychiatry assessment and medication follow along.

“I’m looking forward to meeting and working with children and their families,” said Morey. “It’s very rewarding to be able to help children and adolescents, including improving their performance at school.”

Morey’s professional experience includes work in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis and, most recently, at Seasons Center for Behavioral Health in Spencer, Iowa.

Morey may be a familiar face to Winona Health patients and long-term care residents as she has served in a variety of positions prior to earning her physician assistant certification and throughout her education. In the course of her education, she has worked with Winona Health providers and patients in the Family Practice Department and in the Women’s Health Center. Prior to that, she worked as a certified nursing assistant in Winona Health’s Lake Winona Manor and the Family Birth Center.

Morey earned her master of science in Physician Assistant Studies at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa, and she is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Inc. She received her bachelor of science in Management Information Systems from Winona State University.

In her free time, Morey enjoys spending time with her family and traveling when possible. She and her husband have three grown children, one grandchild and another on the way in March.

Morey will work closely with Winona Health psychiatrists Cullen Schwemer, MD, and Carol Powell, MD. To make an appointment to see LeAnne, please call Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services directly at 507.454.2606.