Archives for April 2013

RSVP for Laugh ’til it Heals: An evening of hope, laughter and positive thinking

Author, speaker and 20-year cancer survivor Christine Clifford will be the keynote speaker at Winona Health’s Laugh ’til it Heals, Thursday, May 16 at Signature’s Event Center.

Author, speaker and 20-year cancer survivor Christine Clifford will be the keynote speaker at Winona Health’s Laugh ’til it Heals, Thursday, May 16 at Signature’s Event Center.

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Winona Health invites community members to Laugh ’til it Heals: An evening of hope, laughter and positive thinking featuring national keynote speaker and cancer survivor Christine Clifford. The event is Thursday, May 16 from 5 – 8:30 p.m. at Signatures Event Center, 22852 County Road 17 in Winona.

Christine Clifford, a 20-year cancer survivor, CEO/President of The Cancer Club® and author of eight books including Not Now…I’m Having a No Hair Day! and Laugh ’til It Heals quickly learned that not only does the world laugh with you when you laugh, laughter takes away the pain.

“Everyone who attends this program will leave with new insight and perspective about dealing with cancer,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement. “We’re also pleased to have three of our physicians joining us to share information about cancer care here in Winona.”

In addition to Clifford’s keynote address, the event includes comments from Winona Health physicians, Scott Birdsall, MD, Women’s Health Center; William Krueger, DO, radiologist; and Matthew Broghammer, DO, general surgeon. Healthcare providers and staff also will be on hand to provide information and answer questions during the opening social hour including appetizers and cash bar and during the event intermission. A healthy dinner salad also will be served. Appetizers and dinner will include foods that help prevent cancer.

Tickets are $20 per person which includes all except cash bar. RSVP by Thursday, May 9, by phone: 507.457.4161 or online here.

Community Health Talk: Can texting cause thumb pain?

Winona Health Therapy Services is presenting a free Community Health Talk: Can texting cause thumb pain? Therapy can answer that on Tuesday, May 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Winona Health’s Therapy Services Department at Sarnia Square, 420 East Sarnia Street in Winona.

The program is for those who may suffer from thumb pain due to excessive texting or a job in which there is repetitive motion involving the thumb.

The program will be presented by Winona Health Occupational Therapist Barb Parent, OTR/L. Parent has a special interest in rehabilitation therapy for Cerebral Vascular Injuries (brain injuries) and dementia, as well as hand therapy, lymphedema and orthopedics.

There is no charge for this Community Health Talk, but RSVP is required by Thursday, May 16. Space is limited and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by calling 507.457.4161 or RSVP online here.


Healthy Kids Club joins Live Well Winona for “Open Streets”

Winona Health Healthy Kids Club is joining Live Well Winona for their first ever “Open Streets” event. Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Winona. The event is free and open to community members of all ages.

Open Streets events typically involve the temporary closing of selected streets to motor vehicle traffic, making them available to all non-motorized transportation and people of all abilities.


10 a.m. – opening words and ceremonial opening of the streets to human-powered traffic

10:30 a.m. – Bike Rodeo with Officer Kevin Kearney

10:30 a.m. – Activities

• Get Healthy with Winona Health, Healthy Kids Club

• Dance fitness with Z Studio

• Bounce Castle with Back to Health Chiropractic

• The Bird Feeder Game with Project Go

• GaGa Pit Ball with the Y

• Picnic Games with Winona Parks and Recreation

The event is free and no reservations are required. If it’s raining, the event will be cancelled.

If you have questions, call: Live Well Winona, 507.474.9825


About Healthy Kids Club:

Healthy Kids Club is a collaborative effort between Winona Health and other area organizations designed to improve the health and well-being of children ages 6 to 11. To learn more about this Healthy Kids Club, visit or call 507.457.4161.

Learn how to make your wishes known: Healthcare Directives program

The Winona Health Auxiliary offers a free program to help individuals document their wishes regarding healthcare services so their families will be informed when necessary.

The next free program about Healthcare Directives will be Monday, May 20, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Winona Health Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow individuals to retain control over their care, even after losing the ability to speak on their own behalf. All individuals age 18 and older are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive. Trained and certified Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers will facilitate this program with participants using authorized forms. The session will cover both Minnesota and Wisconsin Healthcare Directives.

A follow-up session will be held at the same time in the same location, Monday, June 3. This is an opportunity for individuals who have attended the informational to get assistance in completing their personal directive or to have a Healthcare Directives facilitator review a completed directive.

These sessions are free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required.

Auxiliary volunteers are also available to give group presentations in the community about making their wishes known through a Health Care Directive. If you have questions about the program, please call 507.474.3328.

Time for Tea: The Winona Health Auxiliary’s Victorian Tea

The Victorian Tea, sponsored by the Winona Health Auxiliary, will be Saturday, May 11 at the historic Great Hall, 175 E. Wabasha Street, adjacent to Senior Living at Watkins.

With two seatings available, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Victorian Tea raises funds for Auxiliary projects, including healthcare-related scholarships and enhancing the healing environment at Winona Health.

“Each year, little girls dress up in their Sunday best— becoming little princesses for the day—and attend the Tea with their mothers and grandmothers,” said Kathy Turner, Victorian Tea publicity chair. “A special menu is prepared for the children, including Frankies in a Blanket, Chocolate-dipped Strawberry, Fresh Fruit Bowl, Petite Cheesecake, Heart-shaped Ham Sandwich and other delectable delights.”

There also will be an adult menu which includes Lemon Curd Tarts, Chocolate-dipped Strawberries and assorted sweet and savory items.

Chances will be sold for a beautiful hand-crafted quilt which was donated by a Winona Health volunteer, and door prizes will be given away at each seating.

Tickets for the Victorian Tea are $16 each and are available in the Glady Miller Gift Shop in the hospital lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

If you have questions about the Tea, please call 507.474.3328.

Winona Community Health Clinic for preventive care open first Tuesday of the month

The Winona Community Health Clinic, a free clinic providing preventive healthcare services for people who are uninsured and unable pay for healthcare, will be open Tuesday, May 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Winona Health on the second floor of the clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue. No appointment is necessary. This service is provided the first Tuesday of every month.

The Winona Community Health Clinic is intended only for preventive healthcare services. Preventive care includes:

• Annual physicals

• Health screenings, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar

• Mental health screening, such as depression screening

• Diet and exercise information to improve health

• Help to quit smoking

• Seasonal and adult immunizations (shots)

• Women’s health exams

Services are available to those who are uninsured who do not have the financial means to pay for healthcare services. Services are offered free of charge to qualified individuals ages two and up. The clinic is open the first Tuesday of every month from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Winona Community Health Clinic is provided through collaboration between Winona Health, Winona County Public Health and Winona State University.

During hours of operation, the Winona Community Health Clinic can be reached at 507.474.5644. For questions about the clinic during non-clinic hours, call Winona Health at 507.454.3650.

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HealingScapes™: Winona Health photo competition voting begins April 22

The Winona Health Auxiliary invites community members to vote on this year’s HealingScapes™ photo competition entries beginning Monday, April 22 through Friday, May 17.

Photos are on display at Winona Health in hallway connecting the hospital and clinic. Photos can be viewed and voted on Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. between April 22 and May 17.

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 at the end of May. 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. HealingScapes co-chairs are Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers Pat Nolan and Kim Schwab.

For more information about the HealingScapes Community Reception and Silent Auction, call the Winona Health Community Engagement Department at 507.474.3328.

You can do it! Sit to Fit: A Running Start

Winona Health and Gundersen Lutheran are teaming up to help Winona area residents get a running start to fitness. Sit to Fit: A running start is a nine-week program designed for those who want to begin a running program and for those who simply want to get moving to improve their health.

Sit to Fit kicks off with registration and tips for getting started, Monday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at Winona Middle School. Throughout the nine-week program, registered participants can attend educational programs and participate in a weekly group run/walk.

The program wraps up June 22, the date of this year’s annual BK5K Road Race. Sit to Fit participants are also encouraged to register for the BK5K to celebrate their progress.

“We developed the program to promote healthy lifestyle changes—especially for those who have been sedentary and want to try jogging as a way to improve their fitness,” says Becky Heinert, MS, PT, SCS, Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine-Winona. “It’s a great opportunity for anyone interested in preparing for their first 5K, but the program is open to all community members whether or not they decide to register for a race.”

Alicia Lalim, Winona Health exercise physiologist and health/wellness coach adds, “Our goal is to promote health and wellness throughout the community and to provide support and encouragement to those who want to become more active. It’s amazing how good exercise makes you feel.”

In addition to Heinert and Lalim, physical therapy, sports medicine and cardiac rehabilitation professionals from both Gundersen Lutheran and Winona Health will lead programs to ensure individuals get started safely and to help each person stay motivated to reach their goals.

Registration for Sit to Fit: A running start will be Monday, April 22 at 6 p.m. at Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road. Those interested in registering but can’t make the kick-off event can register at Live Well Winona, 619 Huff Street. Registration is $15, which includes all educational programs and a T-shirt (register by April 30 to guarantee a t-shirt). Proceeds also will benefit the Winona Senior High School Track and Cross Country teams.

For more information, call Live Well Winona at 507.474.9825.

Program schedule:

Sit to Fit: A running start

A collaborative community wellness program

Monday, April 22 Registration

Welcome: Becky Heinert, MS, PT, SCS, Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine-Winona

Getting Started: Matt Schultz, WSHS Cross Country Coach

General Stretching: Val Mullen, MPT, Winona Health

Monitoring your Heart Rate: Kindra Engel, cardiac rehabilitation specialist, Winona Health

6 p.m., Winona Middle School Auditorium, 1570 Homer Road

Saturday, April 27 Shoe Clinic

Ryan Swetkovich, MS, PT, SCS, CSCS, and Becky Heinert, MS, PT, SCS, Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine-Winona

8-noon, Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine-Winona

111 Riverfront Building

Monday, May 6 Injury Prevention

Brandon Donahue, MS, ATC, CSCA, Winona Health

Becky Heinert, MS, PT, SCS, Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine-Winona

Gabrielle Rabenhorst, MS, ATC, Winona Health

6 p.m. Winona Middle School Auditorium, 1570 Homer Road

Monday, May 13 Tips for Improved Performance

Jed Reisetter, WSHS Cross Country Coach

Gwen Fritz, PTA, Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine-Winona

6:30 p.m. Winona Middle School Auditorium, 1570 Homer Road

Tuesday, May 21 Stay on Track ‘til the Finish Line

Alicia Lalim, exercise physiologist and health/wellness coach, Winona Health

Scott Straker PT, ATC, SCS, Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine

6 p.m. Winona Middle School Auditorium, 1570 Homer Road

Tuesday, June 4 Supermarket Tour

Alex Economy, RD, LD, Hy-Vee dietician

Anna Hudson, RD, LD, Winona Health

Noon and 6 p.m., Hy-Vee, 1475 Service Drive, Winona

Wednesdays Group run at 6:30 (April 24 through June 19)

East Lake Park by playground

Saturday, June 22 BK5K Road Race for interested participants (register independently)

Quick survey about Winona Health Urgent Care hours

Winona Health is conducting a brief survey about the Urgent Care Clinic hours. The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic is at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona.

Currently, Urgent Care hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“After five years providing Urgent Care services seven days a week at our Sarnia Square location, we are assessing our hours of operation to determine whether we should make changes,” explained Beth Poulin, director of Emergency and Urgent Care Services. “We hope community members will take our quick online survey and make their preferences known.”

To take the quick survey and share your preferences for Urgent Care hours, click here. The survey will remain open through April 26.

If you prefer to take the survey by phone, call 507.454.3650, Monday through Friday between 8 and 4:30 by April 26.