Archives for March 2013

Breakfast with the Experts: Back injuries in the workplace

Winona Health’s Occupational Health Department invites area business leaders and Human Resources professionals to RSVP for Breakfast with the Experts: Back injuries in the workplace, Tuesday, April 24, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. The program will be in the B. A. Miller Auditorium, third floor of the hospital on the Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Back injuries continue to be one of the most prevalent of muscle strain/injuries occurring in the workplace today. Physical therapist Diane Montgomery, PT, and ergonomist Crystal Stickler, ATC, will provide insight about the evaluation and treatment of back injuries and their outcomes, as well as considerations for on-site injury prevention and ergonomics.

There is no charge for the program; however, for planning purposes, reservations are required. A complimentary breakfast is included.

RSVP by Thursday, April 18, online at or by contacting Janel Miller: 507.457.4161 or

Breakfast with the Experts is an educational program provided quarterly by Winona Health to help area employers stay current on trends and issues related to employee safety, health and wellness.

Living with Diabetes or Pre-diabetes: new four-week program offered in Rushford

Are you or a family member at risk for developing diabetes or do you have diabetes and could benefit from a refresher course on how to manage your blood sugar? Winona Health’s Living with Diabetes or Pre-diabetes program is for you.

Facilitated by certified diabetes educators, Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, and Sue Haug, RD, LD, CDE, this new program is offered at Rushford Clinic, 109 W. Jessie Street, beginning Thursday, April 18. The four-week program meets consecutive Thursdays, from 1 – 2 p.m., April 18 through May 9. Attendees will learn:

• what lab values mean

• how health risks progress to diabetes

• tips for weight control, nutrition and meal planning

• about various medications and how they are used

• the many hidden benefits of activity

Living with Diabetes or Pre-diabetes is for people who:

• have a family member with diabetes and want to learn how to help

• have pre-diabetes symptoms

• are at risk for developing diabetes such as:

o Abnormal glucose laboratory results

o Excess body weight (especially around the waist)

o Low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides

o High blood pressure

Winona Health offers this program at Rushford Clinic via telemedicine, a videoconferencing system.

Registration is required and space is limited to 15 attendees. Cost is $50 per person and registered participants can bring one guest at no charge.

For more information and to register, call Winona Health telemedicine coordinator, Jenelle O’Donnell, at 507.457.7624, or email If you would like to register for the program but you feel you cannot afford it, please let us know when you call.

Diabetes prevention program begins Tuesday, April 2

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, April 2 through 23, 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, March 28, and the cost is $50 per person. For more information or to register, call 507.457.7670.

Six-week Grief Support Group begins April 16

Winona Health Hospice Chaplain, Tom Schoen, BCC, will facilitate a six-week, Grief Support Group beginning Tuesday, April 16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Winona Health Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona. The group will meet consecutive Tuesdays through May 21.

“Many individuals find that talking about their loss, in a small group setting, helps with the grieving process,” said Chaplain Tom Schoen. “We’re here to offer support and to help people learn to cope with their loss.”

The Grief Support Group is free, but registration is required. Those who have questions or would like to register should call Chaplain Tom Schoen at 507.429.0485.

Thank you to our Pastoral Care volunteers

Back row standing (l-r):  Stuart Shaw, Leo Lubinsky, Shirley Winkels, Pastor Phil Sorensen, Rev. Barbara Knutson, Chaplain Bill Flesch, Intern Chaplain Susan Hagler, Rita Haugh, Juanita Schmelzer and Chaplain Tom Schoen Seated (l-r): Giles Schmid, Chaplain Kathy Redig, Shari Jarvis and Jane Bollinger Not pictured: Kathy Foerster and Lynn Kujak

Back row standing (l-r): Stuart Shaw, Leo Lubinsky, Lois Glasspoole, Pastor Phil Sorensen, Rev. Barbara Knutson, Chaplain Bill Flesch, Intern Chaplain Susan Hagler, Rita Haugh, Juanita Schmelzer and Chaplain Tom Schoen
Seated (l-r): Giles Schmid, Chaplain Kathy Redig, Shari Jarvis and Jane Bollinger
Not pictured: Kathy Foerster and Lynn Kujak

Thursday, March 14, Winona Health chaplains hosted a continental breakfast in the Great Hall at Senior Living at Watkins for the many Pastoral Care volunteers who make a difference to Winona Health patients, residents and families every day.

“Pastoral Care volunteers help meet the spiritual needs of patients in the hospital and Emergency Department and residents at Lake Winona Manor and Senior Living at Watkins,” said Chaplain Kathy Redig. “They extend the work of the staff chaplains in so many ways and we are most grateful for all that they do.” Winona Health staff chaplains are Redig, Carol Garman, Tom Schoen and Bill Flesch.

Pastoral Care volunteers serve in a variety of roles including:

• Worship leaders and on-call chaplains

• Rosary leaders

• Worship assistants/ushers

• Musicians

• Preparing sympathy cards

• No One Dies Alone (NODA) companions

• Prayer Group

• Assisting with groups and Bible studies

Presently, Pastoral Care is in need of volunteers to assist in transporting residents to worship in Lake Winona Manor’s chapel at 10 a.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month. They are also putting out an invitation to area pastors who would be willing to take emergency calls for spiritual support at Winona Health one weekend a month.

For information about volunteering through Pastoral Care at Winona Health, call: 507.457.4382.

Anna Hudson RD, LD, joins Winona Health Outpatient Nutrition staff

Hudson_small_CMYKRegistered and licensed dietitian, Anna Hudson, RD, LD, has joined the Outpatient Nutrition Services team at Winona Health and will provide nutrition education to patients including those who are managing diabetes.

“I chose to become a dietitian because I have always had a love for food and a profound appreciation for how it nourishes and fuels the body. I believe that a dietitian’s most important role is educating others on the importance of healthy food and a balanced lifestyle. My position here at Winona Health allows me to do just that!” said Hudson. “I am looking forward to seeing patients on an individual basis to help them tailor a meal plan that best fits their needs and goals.”

Hudson received her Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Medical Dietetics from Viterbo University in La Crosse. She is a Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetic Registration and a Licensed Dietitian through the Minnesota Board of Dietetics and Nutrition Practice. She completed a clinical internship at Winona Health and a community internship through Winona State University.

Hudson is available for appointments two days a week and will also provide nutrition services for hospitalized patients.

For more information about Outpatient Nutrition Services at Winona Health, talk with your primary healthcare provider or call 507.457.7670.

Authors’ Luncheon tickets available!

Jim HeynenWinona Health Auxiliary is hosting an Authors’ Luncheon on Monday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Westfield Golf Course, 1460 W. 5th Street in Winona. This year’s luncheon features three Minnesota authors: Jim Heynen, Miriam Karmel and Stephen Shaskan.

Jim Heynen is best known for his short prose and is also the author of young adult fiction. His first novel, Fall of Alice K., is described as funny and provocative, amusing and unsettling. It’s his first story to prominently feature a female protagonist, and his best effort to make peace with a strict Protestant upbringing. Heynen lives in St. Paul, Minn.



Miriam Karmel

Miriam Karmel is a journalist and freelance writer. Her articles have been published in AAPR The Magazine, Minnesota Women’s Press and Minnesota Monthly. Being Ester, her debut novel, is at once sad and amusing, unpretentious yet wonderfully ambitions. It brings understanding and tremendous empathy to an unforgettable woman as she nears the end of life. Karmel lives in Minneapolis, Minn. and Sandisfield, Mass.



Stephen Shaskan is a children’s book author and illustrator who also lives in Minnesota. He’ll share a wild and inventive retelling of a classic children’Stephen Shaskans story. His larger-than-life illustrations were a hit with his debut picture book, A Dog is A Dog. His latest story is about three triceratops on a mission to find some grub as they try to outsmart a Tyrannosaurus rex with his own dinner plans. Shaskan holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Rhode Island School of Design.

Tickets for the Authors’ Luncheon are $20 and can be purchased in advance in the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health or at The Book Shelf, 162 W. 2nd Street, downtown Winona.

Book sales will be conducted by The Book Shelf, with a portion of the sales to benefit the fundraiser. Proceeds from the event go toward Auxiliary projects including healthcare scholarships and to enhance the healing environment for Winona Health patients.

For more information, please call Winona Health’s Community Engagement Department at 507.474.3328.

Winona Health Eye Care Center Spring Style Show Thursday, April 18

EyeCare Spring FrameShow dept imageWinona Health’s Eye Care Center will host a Spring Style Show Thursday, April 18 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 from our featured vendors:

  • Europa:  Scott Harris, Michael Ryen, Cinzia, Adin Thomas and Cote D’azur
  • Safilo:  Marc Jacobs, Liz Claiborne, Claiborne and Banana Republic

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

Free Smoking Cessation program begins April 4

Decrease your risk for heart attack, stroke and cancer.

Winona Health’s next Smoking Cessation program begins Thursday, April 4. 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.

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

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.

Winona Health awarded an “A” for patient safety

Winona Health was awarded an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM. The A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals are based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and infections.

Compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

“Earning an A for patient safety is a goal we’re committed to for every patient, every day,” said Kathleen Lanik, Winona Health’s chief quality and safety officer. “Every staff member understands that safety is nonnegotiable, and we continuously evaluate and improve our processes to ensure the highest level of quality and safety.”

To see Winona Health’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website. Local hospital scores also are available on a free mobile app, available at

The Hospital Safety Score is calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member panel including: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). More information is available at Leapfrog Group.

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