Archives for May 2013

Annual Report earns Gold award in national competition

WinonaHealth Annual Report 2012 CoverWinona Health’s Community Engagement Department recently received a Gold award for the 2012 community report: Stories of Generosity in the national Healthcare Advertising Award competition sponsored by the Healthcare Marketing Report. This is the competition’s 30th year.

There were nearly 4,000 entries overall, Winona Health won a Gold award in the ‘hospitals under 299 bed’ category. A national panel of marketing experts judged the entries based on quality, creativity and message effectiveness. This is the third consecutive year Winona Health has received an award.

“This was completely a team effort,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement. “The nature of these generosity stories reminds us all that we are part of a truly giving community with individuals who want to make life better for others. Our publication focused on people who gave their time, spirit or monetary contributions to improve the lives of our patients, residents and staff.”

Winona Health’s senior graphic designer, Annette Calteaux, said, “It is rewarding to be recognized for good design and copywriting. Many of the publications we’re judged against are developed by design agencies.”

Winona Health’s 2012 annual report, Stories of Generosity, incorporated rich colors and graphics with short, high-impact stories highlighting generosity in its many forms. The Marketing/Communications Department recently merged with the Foundation/Volunteer Services Department to create the Community Engagement Department. Led by Midthun, Winona Health’s Community Engagement Department includes Carol Byrne, Annette Calteaux, Hayley Fast, Marie Fidler, Janel Miller, Karen Sibenaller and Kris Walters. Local photographer, Blake Darst, with Vision Design, provided several photographs.

The community report was delivered to area households earlier this year. The publication also can be viewed here.

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WH Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients announced

The 2013-2014 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship committee has awarded $23,000 in scholarships to 17 students, all of whom have been accepted into an accredited healthcare program.

Scholarship funds are raised through Auxiliary fundraising events including the Birthday Ball, Book Sales, Victorian Tea, Fantasy of Trees, Garage Sale and Holiday Happiness, along with sales from the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop. Since the Auxiliary awarded its first nursing scholarship in 1962, more than $540,000 has been awarded.

The Winona Health Auxiliary is pleased to help these students as they begin their education in healthcare or as they work toward completing their healthcare program.

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients:


Angela Bambenek, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Nicole Beyer, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.

Cassie Boddy, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.

Allison Gernes, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.

Erin Hanson, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn.

Heather Kauphusman, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Carrie King, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

Chancey Klein, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Rebecca Lamberty, University of Phoenix Online, Phoenix, Ariz.

Shantal Maharaj, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn.

Lisa McCabe, Winona State University, Rochester, Minn.

Kelsi Mueller, Rochester Community & Technical College, Rochester, Minn.

Katrina Quinn, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Monica Siegfried, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wis.

Sarah Spiten, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn.

Linda Sturm, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.

Anna Suhr, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

The scholarship committee members are: Kris Cichon, Winona Health director of Inpatient Services; Madonna Daley, MN SE Tech Nursing Department; Nancy Enochs, Winona Health Auxiliary president; Denise Erickson, Winona Health RN Lake Winona Manor; Sheryl Miller, Winona Health Auxiliary president-elect; Maureen Gerson, Winona State University Nursing Department; and Marie Fidler, Winona Health Foundation/Volunteer Services.

Anyone wishing more information about the Winona Health Auxiliary or becoming a volunteer can contact Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.

Welcome Andrea Branson, CNP

Andrea Branson, CNP Internal Medicine

Andrea Branson, CNP
Internal Medicine

Andrea Branson, CNP, joined the Winona Health staff and will see adults in the Internal Medicine Department.

Branson said she was drawn to Winona Health for several reasons. “I live in La Crosse, and I’ve heard good things about Winona Health,” said Branson. “I like the size of Winona Health rather than being part of a large system. I also appreciate Winona Health’s focus on quality, patient satisfaction and continuous improvement.”

Branson earned her Master of Science in Nursing-Adult Nurse Practitioner from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Prior to joining Winona Health, Branson cared for patients at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, Wis. She has a special interest in oncology and has administered chemotherapy treatment. In addition, she is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Association.

Branson and her husband live in La Crosse and have two young children.

Branson will work closely with Internal Medicine physicians and other healthcare providers in the Internal Medicine Department as part of a patient care team with Richard Ferris, MD.

To schedule an appointment to see Branson, please call the Winona Health Internal Medicine Department at 507.507.7622.

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Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship awarded

Dean McClenathan with Tanya Meyer, 2013 recipient of the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Dean McClenathan with Tanya Meyer, 2013 recipient of the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

The Winona Health Foundation selected Tanya Meyer to receive the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Meyer attends Winona State University and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with plans to become a registered nurse and, eventually, a nurse practitioner. She currently is a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Winona Health Adith Miller Manor.

Dean McClenathan established the scholarship after his wife, Phyllis, a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center, passed away after a long fight with cancer. In establishing this scholarship, Dean wanted to honor his wife by encouraging and helping others in their efforts to become devoted, effective and compassionate caregivers.

The McClenathan family directed memorials to the scholarship fund and hopes that others will contribute so that the fund will grow and continue in perpetuity. Gifts to the Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship may be made to the Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minnesota, 55987. Questions may be directed to 507.457.4342.


Dietary supplements for age-related macular degeneration

Results of the age-related eye disease studies (AREDS)

The AREDS started in 1992 and was designed to evaluate whether dietary supplements could decrease loss of vision from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The results of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) were first published in 2001 and longer term results have continued to be published since. Results from AREDS 2 became available in 2013.

Study Results

AMD. These large, well-done studies showed that for patients at high risk of developing advanced AMD (those with intermediate AMD in one or both eyes, or those with advanced AMD in one eye) tablets containing a combination of anti-oxidants and zinc significantly reduced the chance of developing advanced AMD over a seven-year period by 25 percent when compared with the placebo (a pill without the vitamins).

AREDS supplements are available “over the counter”, that is, they do not require a prescription.


1 – If you are at high risk of developing advanced AMD, you should consider taking supplements like those used in AREDS. High-risk people have either intermediate AMD in one or both eyes (many medium-sized drusen or any large drusen), or advanced AMD in one eye only (advanced atrophic form or neovascular form). Supplements provide no apparent benefit for those with early AMD or no AMD, and there is no apparent need to take them. However, yearly eye examinations are advisable to determine if the disease is progressing.

2 – Your eye doctor can tell you if you have the high-risk level of AMD by performing an eye examination of your retinas through dilated pupils.

3 – Because the AREDS formulation has a high level of anti-oxidants and zinc, discuss the advisability of taking them with your eye doctor and your primary care physician. This is especially important for individuals with chronic diseases for which they may be taking other medications.

4 – The AREDS formulation is now available in stores that sell dietary supplements. Brand names of such products include I-Caps and PreserVision. Most regular multivitamins do not contain doses as high as those recommended in AREDS. There are vitamins available that contain the AREDS nutrients combined with a multi-vitamin. The components in AREDS can be purchased separately. The individual supplements and the amount to take daily are:

  • Vitamin E – 400 IU (International Units)
  • Vitamin C – 500 milligrams
  • Lutein – 10 milligrams
  • Zeaxanthin – 2 milligrams
  • Zinc – 80 milligrams
  • Copper – 2 milligrams (must be included when taking zinc) – to avoid copper deficiency anemia which can be associated with high zinc intake
For more information or to make an appointment:

Eye Care Center
Winona Health, Clinic 3rd floor
859 Mankato Avenue
Winona, MN 55987

8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday

Winona Health Healthy Kids Club Step into Summer with area Scouts

Save the date! Saturday, June 1: Winona Health Healthy Kids Club with area Scouts

Winona Health Healthy Kids Club invites kids ages 6 to 11 and their families to register for Step into Summer with area scouts, Saturday, June 1 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. This free family event features a geo cache walk with some extra fun along the way. This Healthy Kids Club event is presented in conjunction with area Scouts.

The geo cache walk begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. at the bike path near Lake Winona Manor on the Winona Health campus. Families will have an opportunity to search for geo cache markers and participate in activities along their route.

Those who complete the geo cache walk are invited to enjoy additional activities including a water balloon toss, rain gutter regatta, bike rodeo, ambulance and fire truck tours, fishing with MinnAqua and more.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, but please leave your skateboards, rollerblades and pets at home. Bikes are welcome for the bike rodeo only; remember your helmet.

The event is free but RSVP is required by Wednesday, May 29. Call 507.457.4161 or RSVP online here.

Thank you! National Nurses’ Day, Monday, May 6.

National Nurses’ Day, May 6, is an opportunity to show appreciation for local nurses and recognize the important role they play in caring for their communities.

Winona Health salutes the 336 nurses who provide comfort, care and clinical excellence during clinic visits, surgery and hospital stays, and through home care, assisted living, memory care, long-term care and hospice.

Individuals who would like to express appreciation to a Winona Health nurse are invited to send a message online  here.

Community Health Talk: Children’s Mental Health

LeAnne Morey, PA-C

LeAnne Morey, PA-C

Winona Health invites community members to a free Community Health Talk: Children’s Mental Health, Tuesday, May 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The program will be at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, in the B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital’s 3rd floor.

LeAnne Morey, PA-C, with Winona Health’s Behavioral Health and Psychiatric & Counseling Services will discuss various aspects of children’s mental health. Attendees will get an overview of children’s mental health concerns including prevalence, diagnosis and treatments including behavioral modifications and medications. Topics covered include depression, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Morey has a special interest in children and adolescent psychiatry and is also experienced in adult psychiatry assessment and medication follow up. Before joining Winona Health, she saw patients in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis and Seasons Center for Behavioral Health in Spencer, Iowa.

The program is free but RSVP is required by Thursday, May 23. Light refreshments provided. RSVP by phone: 507.457.4161 or online: here.