Archives for July 2013

Senior living residences host summer gatherings

Venita and familyResidents of Winona Health senior living communities recently welcomed family and friends to their annual summer picnics.

Senior Living at Watkins hosted nearly 200 guests for a picnic with entertainment by Patti Darbo and Mark Christenson.

Winona Health’s Adith Miller Manor and Roger Metz Manor hosted nearly 80 guests at their summer picnic with entertainment by Ed Wilbur.

More information about Senior Living at Watkins and other Winona Health senior living options,  click here.

Pictured above: Venita Breza with granddaugter Lisa Walters and great granddaughters Ava Walters and Alyda Walters enjoy the Senior Living at Watkins summer picnic.

Jean and LisaPictured right: Jean, a Roger Metz Manor resident, enjoys a fun evening with resident assistant Lisa Henderson at the annual summer picnic.

Welcome Joseph Koo, DO

Koo_webJoseph Koo, DO, has joined the Winona Health medical staff and cares for patients in the Emergency Department.

Dr. Koo noted that he heard about Winona Health through John Gallagher, MD, Winona Health Emergency Department physician and medical director for Winona Area Ambulance Service. “John encouraged me to check out Winona Health and I was impressed,” said Dr. Koo. “Overall, my wife and I were drawn to Winona by the excellent job opportunity, caring hospital administration, small town community feel, intriguing geography, a safe place for our children, outdoor activities, and convenient location to interstates, airports, and cities. It felt like the best of all worlds wrapped into one place.

Dr. Koo received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., and completed the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association.

Among Dr. Koo’s personal interests are “learning to become a father,” family time, ballroom dancing, football, golf and travel, including personal and medical mission trips. He and his wife, Susan have two sons; Reuben, age 2 and Graham, age 9 months.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click Find a Provider, or call 507.454.3650.

Free Community Health Talk: All About Concussions

Winona Health invites community members to a free Community Health Talk: All About Concussions, Thursday, August 15, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The program will be at Winona Health clinic 2nd floor, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona

The program is designed to provide information for parents of student athletes and anyone who is interested in learning more about concussion diagnosis and proper treatment.

 Pesenters include:

• Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS, Winona Health general surgeon, hockey player and father of hockey players. Dr. Trometta is involved in Winona Health’s concussion management program, which involves baseline testing for all student athletes.

• Brandon Donahue, Winona Health athletic trainer

• Carol Meyer-Boldon, Winona Health speech and language pathologist

 There is no charge for this Community Health Talk, but RSVP is required by Tuesday, August 13. Space is limited and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by calling 507.474.3339 or RSVP online.



Free Telecare service welcoming new clients

Every day, Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers provide peace of mind to individuals and their families through its free Telecare service.

Telecare is a free service for people who live alone provided by a group of Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers. Auxiliary Telecare volunteers make daily phone calls, including weekends and holidays, to Telecare clients. The phone call is a way for people to stay connected on a daily basis and know that someone will follow up if they are unable to get to the phone.

Jeanette Sorenson has been a Telecare volunteer for more than 11 years and is the current Telecare chairperson. “A former Telecare client of more than 20 years recently passed away at the age of 100. She was the reason that I originally became involved in Telecare,” said Sorenson. “This is an important service for many people who may not have family close who can check on them, and I enjoy helping them stay independent in their own homes longer.”

As chair, Sorenson and her co-chair Lori Luby plan two get-togethers each year to give clients and volunteers an opportunity to visit face-to-face.

The Auxiliary received a note from one of its Telecare clients: “I’m so grateful to be home in my own apartment and have all you wonderful people calling. I appreciate your caring!”

The free Telecare service is available to people of all ages who are disabled, elderly or live alone and would feel reassured by hearing a friendly voice calling to check in. Calls are made between 8 and 10 a.m. If a Telecare client cannot be reached on a scheduled day, the Telecare volunteer will contact the friend or relative the client has chosen as their contact person.

Telecare clients also can ask not to be called on specific days. For example, if the client is always with family on Sundays, they can ask not to be contacted Sundays, or if they know they will be out of town, they should request to be taken off the call list for those dates.

Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers have provided this service for more than 20 years. Currently, nearly 25 volunteers participate in offering this service.

Telecare is free and available to anyone in the Winona Health service area. For more information or to sign up for Telecare, please call the Winona Health volunteer office at 507.474.3328.

Welcome nurse practitioner hospitalist Heidi Thompson-Stangler, CNP

Heidi Thompson-Stangler, CNP

Heidi Thompson-Stangler, CNP

Heidi Thompson-Stangler, CNP, joined the Winona Health staff and will care for patients as a nurse practitioner hospitalist.

Hospitalists specialize in caring for patients while they are hospitalized, providing around-the-clock care and working closely with nursing staff and each patient’s primary physician. Hospitalists work with care coordination teams made up of nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and other specialty care staff.

Heidi Thompson-Stangler, certified nurse practitioner (CNP), received her Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wis., and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Cum Laude, from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn. She is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

“I like everything about patient care,” said Thompson-Stangler. “It’s especially rewarding to form a partnership with my patients and to see their health improve.”

Stangler was born in Maidstone, England, and spent her childhood in Kenya, Africa. She moved to the United States as a teenager. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family. She has one grandchild and another on the way.

Golf Classic youth event just $10. Register by July 31.

The Ben & Adith Miller Classic on Monday, August 12, at Cedar Valley Golf Course features a Youth Tournament designed for young golfers to have fun and hone their skills on a beautiful course—for just $10.

The Youth Tournament begins at 7 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast. It’s open to youth ages 11 to 18 and features a four-person scramble with prizes. Registration is $10 per person. Young golfers can register in teams or as individuals and be assigned to a foursome.

This year’s event features golf pro Rich Beem sponsored by Miller Felpax. The highlight of Beem’s PGA victories was when he fended off Tiger Woods to win the 2002 PGA championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club, one of four prestigious majors. Beem will give an exhibition that is free and open to the public at 10 a.m.

In addition to the Youth Tournament, there are still spots available in the Green Monster Challenge, a 9-hole scramble beginning with lunch at 12:15 and a shotgun start at 1:30, social time and awards at 4 p.m., followed by an exhibition by Rich Beem.

Proceeds from the event benefit local individuals and families through the Winona Health Foundation Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic, click here or call 507.474.3264 or

$35 sports physicals during special hours

Winona Health is offering a special rate and special appointment hours for sports physicals for middle and high school students.

Sports physical appointments for $35 are available during the following times in the Family Practice Department at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, clinic 2nd floor.

Monday, August 5: 5 – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 6: 1 – 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7: 5 – 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 8: 5 – 7 p.m.

Students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Payment is due during time of appointment and may be made with cash, check or credit card. Insurance billing is not available. No shots will be given during these times. If immunizations are needed, please schedule a regular clinic visit with your primary care team.

Minnesota and Wisconsin high school sports physical forms are available here.

Please complete your portion of the sports physical form and bring it to your appointment.

Students previously diagnosed with heart conditions or head injuries must schedule an appointment with a member of their regular healthcare team during regular clinic hours.

To schedule a sports physical during these special dates and times, please call 507.457.7648.


Free exhibition by pro golfer Rich Beem

Rich Beem 2The Winona Health Foundation is inviting the community to a free exhibition by golf pro Rich Beem, sponsored by Miller Felpax, during this year’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic. The public exhibition will be at 10 a.m., Monday, August 12, at Cedar Valley Golf Course on County Road 9.

The highlight of Beem’s PGA victories was fending off Tiger Woods to win the 2002 PGA championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club, one of four prestigious majors. Beem will give an exhibition that is free and open to the public at 10 a.m. and will entertain event participants later in the day.

The Ben & Adith Miller Classic is Winona Health Foundation’s premier fundraising event benefiting the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund. The Patient Care Fund assists area residents pay for necessary medical care received at Winona Health.

There are still spots available in the Green Monster Challenge, a 9-hole scramble, and in the Youth Tournament.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic, click here, or contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3264 or

Community members welcome to come in from the heat

With heat indexes rising to dangerous levels, Winona Health is welcoming community members to come in to take a break from the heat. Winona Health is at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Those seeking relief from the heat may come in and relax in the clinic’s family and visitor waiting areas or the hospital cafeteria.

Welcome Virginia Green, CNP, to Family Practice

Green_webVirginia Green, CNP, joined the Winona Health staff and will see individuals of all ages in the Family Practice Department. She’ll work as part of a care team with E. Allen Beguin, MD.

Green earned her Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center – Board Certified Family Practice, and she has a special interest in headache prevention and treatment.

“I’m looking forward to seeing patients of all ages and getting to know area families,” said Green. “I also was attracted to Winona Health because everyone has the opportunity to affect change and be a valuable part of the team.”

Green has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2003. Prior to joining Winona Health, Green cared for patients at Gundersen Lutheran in Obstetrics and Gynecology and at Express Care in Onalaska, Wis.

In 2007, Green was one of the volunteers helping to clean out homes after the flood in Rushford. She also was active with Global Partners Breast Cancer Screening on Pine Ridge and Rosebud Native American Reservation where they performed mammograms and breast exams for 230 individuals within two weeks.

In her free time, Green enjoys canoeing with her yellow lab, Holly, and she recently began learning woodturning.

To schedule an appointment to see Virginia Green, please call the Winona Health Family Practice Department at 507.457.7648. For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here.