Archives for June 2013

Welcome Jackie Stevens, CNP

Stevens_webJackie Stevens, CNP, joined the Winona Health staff and works with Winona Health Internal Medicine physicians to provide healthcare services for residents of Winona area long-term and transitional care residences.

Her special interests and areas of expertise include caring for people who have chronic diseases and helping them prevent the need for hospitalization.

“I’m looking forward to focusing on caring for seniors to help them manage chronic diseases more comfortably, which will enhance their quality of life,” said Stevens. “One of the reasons I choose Winona Health is because it’s just the right size. There is a real sense of personal care and family connectedness.”

Prior to joining Winona health, Stevens cared for patients in Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minn. and Mayo Clinic Health System in Wabasha Minn.

Stevens is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Minnesota, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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To learn more about the services Stevens provides through the Internal Medicine Department at Winona Clinic, call 507.457.7622.

HealingScapes Community Reception Thursday, June 27

“River Sub Railroading” by Josh Dulak, one of the photos that will be up for bid at the HealingScapes Community Reception and Live Auction, Thursday, June 27, presented by the Winona Health Auxiliary.

“River Sub Railroading” by Josh Dulak, one of the photos that will be up for bid at the HealingScapes Community Reception and Live Auction, Thursday, June 27, presented by the Winona Health Auxiliary.

Bridges, bluffs, birds, flowers, trains and sunsets are among the beautiful and unique photos snapped by local residents and entered in this year’s HealingScapesTM photo competition.

Community members, staff, photographers and professional judges cast their votes and the winning photos will be up for bid at the HealingScapes™ Live Auction and Community Reception on Thursday, June 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The live auction features 23 HealingScapes™ winners. The winning HealingScapes photos will be matted and framed to enhance the healing environment in the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Clinic exam rooms. A nameplate with the photographer and winning bidder’s names will be displayed with the artwork. In addition, 8×10 prints of all other photo entries will be available for purchase. Photo prints make wonderful gifts, or order one for your home or business.

This year 111 photographers submitted photos, which were printed and displayed at Winona Health. For a sneak preview, winning photos are posted here on the Winona Health website.

• “Stunning Takeoff” – Pam Rinn

• “After the Storm” – Dale Schaffner

• “Lily” – Diane Schams

• “Reflection” – Diane Schams

• “After the Storm” – Colleen Schueler

• “Beauty in the Bluffs” – Lonna Simanovski

• “Pickwick Mill” – Alex Strelow

• “Winter Reflection” – Greta Verthein

• “Peaceful Paddle” – Mike Werle

• “One Busy Mamma” – Lisa Woodward

• “Lake Winona Sunrise” – Michael Allen

• “Gilmore Creek’s Winter Wonderland” – Lana Boynton

• “Pot-O-Gold” – Brad Bullard

• “Wildflowers on a Spring Hike” – Annette Calteaux

• “River Sub Railroading” – Josh Dulak

• “Winter Wonderland on Wall Street” – Josh Dulak

• “Lost in Wonder” – Sadye Gulden

• “Beauty Does Not Sleep” – Ellis Inman

• “Lake Winona Path – Gretchen Koehler

• “The Arches” – Helen Nordby

• “Fog over Lake at Twilight” – Anna Pape

• “Who Wanted a White Christmas” – Samuel Parent

• “Spring Blossoms” – Mary Farrell

The Community Reception and Live Auction will be Thursday, June 27, 6 to 8 p.m. at Winona Health on the first floor of the clinic. Admission is free. There will be appetizers and a cash bar.

For more information about HealingScapes, click here or call 507.457.4394.

Winona Health again earns an A for patient safety

Winona Health earned a Hospital Safety Score of “A” from 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 (spring 2013) 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.

“We’re committed to safety for every patient, every day,” said Kathleen Lanik, Winona Health’s chief quality and safety officer. “Safety is nonnegotiable, and we continuously evaluate and improve our processes to ensure the highest level of quality and safety.”

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.

In the latest Hospital Safety Score update, of the 2,514 general hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 780 earned an “A,” 638 earned a “B,” 932 earned a “C,” 148 earned a “D” and 16 earned an “F.”

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

The Hospital Safety Score is calculated under the guidance of a panel including: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (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

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Physical therapy and massage services now available at Rushford Clinic

Winona Health has expanded access to physical therapy and massage services at Rushford Clinic.

“Winona Health is committed to providing comprehensive services to Rushford-area communities, and adding therapy services has been one of our department’s goals for a long time,” said Corrie Searles, director of Therapy Services. “We receive so many positive comments about our physical therapy staff. We believe that, in addition to the convenience of being located right in Rushford, community members also will enjoy working with and being motivated by our therapy experts.”

According to Searles, a therapy gym and treatment room were built in available space at the Rushford Clinic. Newly installed equipment includes an exercise bike, treadmill, Nu-Step, weights, various treatment items, treatment tables and more.

“We’re able to offer many of the general physical therapy services in Rushford that we offer in Winona, which means increased convenience for many of our Rushford patients,” noted Searles. “And we hope many Rushford residents will take advantage of the opportunity to have a therapeutic, relaxing massage and learn about the many health benefits.”

Physical therapy services are available Monday and Thursday all day, plus Wednesday mornings. Massage therapy services are available Friday afternoons with the possibility of expanding options in the future.

For a referral to Winona Health’s Therapy Services Department, contact your primary care provider at Rushford: 507.864.7726 or Winona Clinic: 507.454.3680, or call the main Therapy Services Department at Winona Health’s Sarnia Square location: 507.457.4329.

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Irene Renk named 2012 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipient

Irene Renk 2013 lightenedIrene Renk received the 2012 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute Award at a dinner held in her honor on Wednesday, May 15. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to the person, persons or group whose generosity has led to the betterment of the Winona area.

Renk was nominated by Marlene Kohner, who was last year’s Tribute recipient, who wrote that Renk has not only was a dedicated Winona Health volunteer ad active member of various organizations, but also helped recruit volunteers by acting as a mentor.

According to her nomination, Renk has generously given of her time and treasure throughout the Winona area for more than 50 years. She has been active with several organizations including the Jaycees, the Music Guild, Portia Club and the Winona Shrine Auxiliary. In addition, she has given more than 10,000 hours to Winona Health’s Glady D. Miller gift shop. When Glady died in 1980, Renk spent countless hours ensuring the gift shop continued to be a success. She has also volunteered with other Winona Health Auxiliary fundraisers including the Birthday Ball. Irene’s generous contributions have strengthened many organizations and have made her community a better place.

Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company donated $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in Renk’s honor.

This is the 25th consecutive year that the Miller Family has sponsored the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund. Since its inception, the fund has helped 2,768 families pay for more than 6.7 million in healthcare expenses.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation or for information about how you can help people in our community through the Patient Care Fund, call Betsy Midthun, 507.457.4116, vice president of Community Engagement, or visit