Archives for August 2013

Prostate screening $15, Thursday, September 19

Winona Health will provide prostate screening for $15 (cash or check accepted) on Thursday, September 19, from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.

American Cancer Society guidelines recommend that men make an informed decision with their primary healthcare provider about whether to be tested for prostate cancer. Starting at age 50, talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of testing so you can decide if testing is the right choice for you. If you are African American or have a father or brother who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should have this talk with your doctor starting at age 45.

Prostate cancer screening takes approximately 30 minutes. The screening will consist of two parts: a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test and a Rectal Exam (DRE). The first part of the screening will be a blood draw to obtain the PSA, and a physician will perform the DRE exam.

Screenings will be conducted by: J. David Rowekamp, MD; Thomas Retzinger, MD; Chris Hofland, MD; and Joseph Endrizzi, MD.

Prostate Screening participants can register to win a Chanhassen Dinner Theater certificate for two valued at $175 or a Commonweal Theatres certificate for two valued at $60, courtesy of Winona Radio.

Check in will be on the second floor of the clinic on the Winona Health campus, 859 Mankato Avenue. The $15 fee will be collected (cash or check accepted) at registration. Appointments are encouraged, and walk-ins will be accepted as time permits.

To make an appointment or for more information, call 507.454.3680.

FREE Hands Only CPR workshop. Take 30 minutes to learn how to save a life.

If you saw someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? If not, don’t you wish you did?

Saturday, September 21, Winona Health is offering free workshops to teach you, your friends and family how to help someone having sudden cardiac arrest. The workshops will be informative and fun. All ages 12 and older are welcome. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

“People may be surprised to learn that saving someone’s life doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hands only CPR is easy to learn, and you never know when you may have the opportunity to save a life,” said Helen Bagshaw, RN, a Winona Health ICU nurse who will lead the workshop. Bagshaw also will provide information about choking emergencies and use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

Bagshaw notes that the Hand Only CPR training is easy; just two steps:

1. Call 911

2. Push hard and fast in center of chest to the beat of ‘Staying Alive’

Sign up now for one of the half-hour workshops (limited to 12 people per session):

Here are a few good reasons to sign up:

  • 89% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
  • 400,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting each year in the USA.
  • 89% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die because they don’t receive immediate CPR.
  • 70% of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know CPR.
  • Hands Only CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
  • Each year, sudden cardiac arrest causes more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

The workshops will be at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, in the B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor. Workshops are free but space is limited. RSVP for a specific time is required by Thursday, September 19. Sign up for a workshop by calling 507.474.3328 or RSVP online by clicking on the time of your choice above.


Winona Health enhances partnership with Live Well Winona

Winona Health is pleased to announce an enhanced partnership with a local organization that supports the health system’s goal of improving community health. Live Well Winona, an organization dedicated to making a difference by helping people live better, healthier lives, will receive funding by Winona Health to support half their annual operating budget.

“Our partnership provides a definite benefit to community members,” said Rachelle Schultz, president & CEO, Winona Health. “Our clinical providers and staff work hard to help patients maintain or improve their health, and they are able to direct those looking for additional information, inspiration and support to Live Well Winona.”

The Live Well Winona website has become the virtual ‘health hub’ of the community. It includes a community calendar, race calendar, resources directory, interactive accountability tools and the new addition, the virtual volunteer center. Visitors find not only a well-organized clearinghouse of health and wellness activities but also other resources such as sporting equipment rental and support groups.

Live Well Winona was formed in 2011 by generous in-kind support from Winona Health and a grant from Will and Shirley Oberton, Winona. Located in a storefront office near Winona State University, Live Well Winona has collaborated with Winona Health on several initiatives including annual Healthy Kids Club events.

“We look forward to further collaborative efforts with Live Well Winona,” stated Schultz. “Their enthusiasm to promote the value of a healthy lifestyle fits well with our vision for a healthier community.”

For information about Live Well Winona, visit


Winona Health Auxiliary’s $5 Jewelry Sale is September 4 and 5

The Winona Health Auxiliary will again be hosting the very popular Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday and Thursday, September 4 and 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will be showcasing more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of quality jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets and watches—and everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. The sale will provide a great opportunity to purchase some extra Valentine gifts for your friends and family.

All proceeds will go toward future Auxiliary projects and healthcare educational scholarships. For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.

Welcome Melissa Lonning-Richards, MD, to Women’s Health

Melissa Lonning-Richards, MD

Melissa Lonning-Richards, MD

Obstetrician/gynecologist Melissa Lonning-Richards, MD, joined Winona Health’s Women’s Health Center.

Dr. Richards earned her medical degree at University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D., and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minn. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winona State University.

Dr. Richard’s special interests are obstetrics including high-risk pregnancies; irregular menstrual cycles; and contraceptive counseling.

When asked why she chose Winona Health, Dr. Richards said, “I was born here—in fact, Dr. Birdsall delivered my younger sister. My intent was always to come back here to care for my community. I’ve seen the staff’s commitment to excellence, and I’m looking forward to being part of this team.”

Prior to beginning medical school in 2005, Dr. Richards worked as a home health aide for Winona Health Home Care and Hospice and also as an orderly at the hospital.

“It’s wonderful to have her here,” says Dr. Birdsall. “She’s from the area, she worked at Winona Health prior to going to med school, and she knows the community and wants to settle down here. We feel lucky to have her. I think patients are going to love her.”

In her free time, Dr. Richards enjoys a variety of activities including biking, fly-fishing, camping, crocheting and reading. She and her husband, Paul, have a two-year-old son.

In addition to Dr. Birdsall, Dr. Richards joins Women’s Health Center providers including Troy Shelton, MD; Suzanne Cooley, CNM; Ann F. Olson, PhD, CNP, FAANP; Holly Fratzke, CNP; and Tara Suffrins, CNP.

To schedule an appointment in the Women’s Health Center at Winona Health, call 507.457.7701.

Urgent Care expanded hours begin Monday, August 19

You spoke. We listened. The Urgent Care team expanded hours begin Monday, August 19.

You spoke. We listened. Urgent Care expanded hours begin Monday, August 19.

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic is at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona is expanding its hours beginning Monday, August 19.

Urgent Care hours beginning Monday, August 19:

Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Holidays: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“We conducted a survey in April and, based on the results, we’re expanding hours to open at 7 a.m. during the week. We’re also extending Fridays to stay open until 8 p.m.,” said Beth Poulin, director of Emergency and Urgent Care Services. “Community members spoke, and we listened.”

Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic at Sarnia Square opened in October of 2007 and has been providing care for community members seven days a week.

With several new healthcare providers in the Urgent Care Clinic, plus new providers in Internal Medicine and Family Practice at Winona Clinic, community members have more options to be seen quickly at Winona Health, including same-day appointments at Winona Clinic. Urgent Care is the best option when a clinic appointment isn’t available at a time that works with the patient’s schedule.

Urgent Care wait times are available here. To reach the Urgent Care Clinic by phone: 507.474.7830.

Rushford Clinic Physical Therapy Open House

You’re invited—

The Winona Health Physical Therapy team at Rushford Clinic invites community members to an Open House, Tuesday, September 10, 5 to 7 p.m. at 109 W. Jessie Street in Rushford. There will be refreshments, free chair massages, door prize drawings and tours of the new physical therapy gym and massage suite.

Rushford Clinic added a physical therapy gym and treatment room and began offering physical therapy and massage services last spring. The new physical therapy gym includes an exercise bike, treadmill, Nu-Step, weights, various treatment equipment, treatment tables and more.

“We’ve been pleased with the community’s response to these services, and this open house is an opportunity for everyone to visit with our staff and see what’s available right here in Rushford,” said Winona Health physical therapist, Diane Montgomery.

In addition to physical therapy, Rushford Clinic now offers therapeutic, relaxing massage.

“The more people understand the health benefits of massage, the more they will want to take advantage of this service” said Vickie Blong, massage therapist. “A massage relieves stress and feels great, but there are additional health benefits as well. I hope people will come to the open house to see our soothing environment and learn about various massage options.”

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.

Enjoy refreshments, free chair massages, door prize drawings and see Rushford Clinic’s new physical therapy gym and massage suite, Tuesday, September 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Rushford Clinic Open House, 109 W. Jessie Street in Rushford. The phone number is 507.864.7726.

Community Health Talks: Eye Care

Winona Health invites community members to a free Community Health Talk series covering various eye care issues. Individuals are welcome to RSVP for any or all of the programs that are of interest to them:

Macular Degeneration, Low Vision and Maximizing Your Sight Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, September 4, 6 – 7 p.m.

Presented by: Laurel Quinn, MD, ophthalmologist and Scott Pastryk, OD, optometrist

Learn about a common eye disease called macular degeneration and about the state of the art treatment options available right here in Winona. You’ll also learn about the low vision exam and daily living aids that can help those with low vision such as magnifiers and video aids.

What’s New in Contact Lenses and Glasses Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, October 2, 6 – 7 p.m.

Presented by: Scott Pastryk, OD, optometrist and Heather Hauser, ABOC, optician

Learn about recent advancements in soft contact lens options including for astigmatism and presbyopia. Plus, get expert tips about how to find the right glasses for you along with an update on new frame styles.

Cataracts: Clearing the Clouds Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, November 13, 6 – 7 p.m.

Presented by: Laurel Quinn, MD, ophthalmologist

Cataracts are a common eye problem, but today’s options for surgical correction of cataracts can make a world of difference. Dr. Quinn will provide information about intraocular lens replacement options that could clear your vision and get you out of your glasses.

Diabetes and Your Eyes Click here to RSVP.

Wednesday, December 4, 6 – 7 p.m.

Presented by: Laurel Quinn, MD, ophthalmologist

Diabetic eye disease is a leading cause of vision loss in working-age people. Learn what you need to know about this increasingly common condition and the management options available at Winona Health.

These Community Health Talks will be in the Winona Health Eye Care Center on the third floor of the clinic at 859 Mankato Avenue. Community Health Talks are free but RSVP requested. Light refreshments provided.  Click RSVP above by the program or programs you’d like to attend or call 507.474.3328.

Free Smoking Cessation Program. Benefits are worth the effort.

Decrease your risk for heart attack, stroke and cancer. Winona Health’s next Smoking Cessation program begins Thursday, August 29. 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 usually don’t quit the first time they try, but with each attempt, they come closer to their goal of improved health,” 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 welcomed.

Winona Health recognized as a “Most Wired” hospital

Winona Health has again been recognized as a “Most Wired Small and Rural” hospital by Hospital and Health Networks. This is the tenth year Winona Health has received this award.

Hospitals and healthcare systems that have made the Most Wired list have made great strides in creating clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care. This includes adopting technologies intended to:

• improve patient documentation

• advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols

• reduce the likelihood of medication errors

• rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage

“Receiving this award requires an extensive survey regarding our capabilities, and it reflects an outstanding team effort,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “While it is nice to receive recognition, our work in the electronic world is less about awards than it is about being prepared for the future. Our biggest challenges in healthcare today revolve around designing and implementing the delivery system of the future while caring for our all patients—some of whom may not even own a computer.”

American Hospital Association president and CEO, Rich Umbdenstock, noted, “The hospital field can learn from these outstanding organizations ways that information technology can help to improve efficiency.”


About the Most Wired Survey

Hospitals & Health Networks sponsors the annual Most Wired Survey, which is an industry-standard benchmark study. The survey is designed to measure the level of IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems, and is useful tool for hospital and health system leadership to map their IT strategic plans. Health Forum, an American Hospital Association information company, distributes, collects and analyzes the Most Wired data and develops benchmarks that are becoming the industry standard for measuring IT adoption for operational, financial and clinical performance in health care delivery systems.

The 2013 Most Wired Survey is conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corp., AT&T, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, and the American Hospital Association.