Archives for September 2013

Breakfast with the Experts, October 23

Winona Health’s Occupational Health team invites Human Resources and Safety professionals to RSVP for Breakfast with the Experts: Hypothermia and other cold weather considerations.

The program is Wednesday, October 23, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Winona Health’s B. A. Miller Auditorium, third floor of the hospital, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Brett Whyte, MD, will share information you need to know if your employees work outside during cold weather.

There is no charge for the program; however, for planning purposes, reservations are required. A complimentary breakfast is included.

RSVP by Monday, October 21, online here, call 507.457.4161 or

Breakfast with the Experts is an educational program provided quarterly by Winona Health to help area employers stay current on trends and issues related to employee safety, health and wellness.

Healthy Kids Club, Sunday, October 20, 1 – 3 p.m.

Free fun for kids ages 6 through 11—

Healthy Kids Club Fall Kick Off is Sunday, October 20

RSVP here.

Winona Health and Live Well Winona invite all kids ages 6 to 11 and their families to register for Healthy Kids Club Fall Kick Off. The free family event will be Sunday, October 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Winona Health campus, 859 Mankato Avenue, on the first floor of the clinic.

Children attending the Healthy Kids Club Fall Kick Off will have fun participating in many activities including:

• Tips for a fun and safe Halloween with Kevin Kearney, Winona Police Department

• Get a look at invisible germs with Winona State University students

• Kids Yoga with the YMCA

• Meet a real therapy dog – Touching Moments Animal Assisted Activities

• Winona Area Ambulance

• Fun Ways to Stay Active –even when you have to stay inside – Winona Health

• Giant Bowling

• Being generous feels great – put a smile on someone’s face with a hand-made card

Healthy Kids Club events provide opportunities for children to have fun, be active and learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free, but to help us plan for supplies, please, RSVP by Thursday, October 17. RSVP here, or call 507.457.4161.


About Healthy Kids Club: Winona Health’s Healthy Kids Club is designed to improve the health and well-being of children ages 6 to 11. To learn more about this event and Healthy Kids Club, visit or call 507.457.4161.

Jan Brosnahan named Chief Financial Officer

Brosnahan_webWinona Health recently welcomed Jan Brosnahan, CPA, CMA, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

“In addition to more than 20 years’ experience in finance, Jan has been on the Winona Health board and the Finance/Audit committee. She has a great understanding of our organization,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health, president/CEO. “We’re excited to have her join our staff.”

As Winona Health CFO, Brosnahan will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining the financial operations of Winona Health, an integrated community healthcare system. This includes the overall administration and operations of financial services including organizational compliance, administrative oversight for forecasting and accounting, patient accounting and billing services, contracts and insurance. She’ll also provide leadership for innovation and strategic planning.

Prior to joining Winona Health, Brosnahan was the Controls Division controller for Watlow, an electronic manufacturing company in Winona, Minn. As part of Watlow’s top division management team since 1993, she was recognized as a key process leader in Watlow’s lean management transformation, a process which Winona Health began implementing in 2005 to increase healthcare value and efficiency.

Brosnahan began her career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with the “Big 8” accounting firm of KPMG in Minneapolis, Minn., and then served as the director of Financial Reporting and Analysis for The Company Store in La Crosse, Wis. She is also certified nationally as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Brosnahan has been an active member of the Winona Community since 1989. She has served as the vice chairman of the Winona Community Foundation and a member of the business advisory board at Winona State University.

Michael Skroch promoted

Skroch_rgbMichael Skroch, chief human resources officer at Winona Health, was recently promoted to take on a new role: Employer/Wellness Services Administrator.

In addition to his responsibilities as chief human resources officer, Skroch will provide leadership in developing new community and employer wellness services and establishing and building strong partnerships with community organizations and employers.

In this new role, Skroch also provides overall leadership for community wellness programming and education and employee health and wellness, along with administrative direction to Food and Nutrition Services; Dietary Services; Rehabilitation Services; and Occupational Health and Employer Wellness Services.

As chief human resources officer, Skroch will continue to provide leadership and administrative oversight of all Human Resources functions, including recruitment, compensation and benefits, payroll, organizational and staff development, employee health, wellness and safety and employee performance management.

Skroch joined Winona Health in 2005 and served as a human resources professional, director of compensation and benefits, and director of human resources prior to being promoted to chief human resources officer in 2012. He has a BS in Human Resources Management from Winona State University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

To learn more about Winona Health’s wellness services for employers, call 507.457.7717.

Generous quilters give to Family Birth Center

FBC Baby Quilts from Quilters Guild sept 2013Many newborns at Winona Health receive an extra warm welcome thanks to the generosity of talented quilters. Members of the Winona Area Quilters Guild recently gave 42 hand-made baby blankets to the Winona Health Family Birth Center.

“We have been making the blankets since before I joined the Guild 17 years ago,” said Guild member Joey Hawkins. “Our quilters think it is a wonderful idea and we love to make baby blankets!”

“It is so generous of the Quilters Guild to make quilts for our newborns,” said Kris Cichon Director of Inpatient Services. “The quilts are beautiful, and to present the family with a quilt for their baby is very special for the staff.”

All donations to Winona Health are made through the Winona Health Foundation. To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation, visit, or contact the Foundation office at 507.474.3264.

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Photo: front row: Sonya Kratch; back (l-r): Stephanie Jarman, Diane Passehl, Sue Drier, Shelly Berhow and Joey Hawkins.

Welcome Hans von Weiss, DO, to Dermatology Department

von Weiss_webWinona Health welcomes dermatologist Hans von Weiss, DO, from the Dermatology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. Dr. von Weiss joins Michael White, MD, in the Winona Health Dermatology Department.

Dr. von Weiss received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, and completed his residency in dermatology as approved by the American College of Dermatology and the American Osteopathic Association. He is certified by the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. von Weiss in the Dermatology Department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7670.


Eye Care Center Fall Style Show, Thursday, Nov. 7

Winona Health’s Eye Care Center will host a Fall Style Show Thursday, November 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Winona Health Eye Care Center is on the third floor of the Winona Clinic at 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

During this one-day event, the Eye Care Center offers a 30% discount on complete pairs of glasses.

Choose from a special selection of frames from one of our on-site vendors including

Elan Optik with:

• Change me

• Dutz (Dootz)

• Ulli Mahler (ooley mah ler)

• Roy Robson (Roy Robe son)

Soderberg with:

• Callaway

• Hello Kitty

• Jill Stuart

• London Fog

• Stetson

As well of any of the frames in our office.

Enjoy refreshments and sign up to for a chance to win one of many door prizes including prescription sunwear. Outside prescriptions welcome.

The Winona Health Eye Care Center provides comprehensive vision care for all ages including surgical treatment of eye diseases.

To schedule an appointment with ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD, or optometrist Scott Pastryk, OD, call the Winona Health Eye Care Center at 507.474.4760 or learn more about the Eye Care Center here.

New Scholarship Program Recipients Announced

Winona Health is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Winona Health Scholarship Program. Through the generosity of anonymous donors, Winona Health is able to offer twelve, $1,000 scholarships to qualified college freshmen seeking a career in a healthcare-related field.

“This unique scholarship program was established to provide graduating high school seniors with financial assistance to pursue a health-related career,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement. “The fortunate recipients were chosen by a scholarship committee based on a review of their pursuit of a healthcare career, history of academic excellence and a dedication to community service.”

Midthun also noted that the scholarship recipients had to be enrolled in a program of study that prepares them for a career in healthcare at an accredited academic institution. The recipients will be eligible to have their scholarship renewed up to three additional years if specific conditions are met.

The recipients are from seven area high schools and will be pursuing a variety of healthcare careers at regional colleges and universities.

Joana Beyer

Joana Beyer

Joana Beyer, a Cotter High School graduate, is attending the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., pursuing a medical degree in Pediatrics.

Paige Gernes

Paige Gernes

Paige Gernes, a Cotter High School graduate, is attending the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., pursuing degrees in Biology and Pre-Physician Assistant.

Jessica Greshik

Jessica Greshik

Jessica Greshik, a Cochrane-Fountain City High School graduate, is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Brooke Haag

Brooke Haag

Brooke Haag, a Lewiston-Altura High School graduate, is attending Winona State University, pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Halle Haedtke

Halle Haedtke

Halle Haedtke, a Hope Lutheran High School graduate, is attending Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Karalyn Jensen

Karalyn Jensen

Karalyn Jensen, a Winona Senior High School graduate, is attending Minnesota State University-Mankato, pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Miranda Johnston

Miranda Johnston

Miranda Johnston, a Houston High School graduate, is attending Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Karen Kersting

Karen Kersting

Karen Kersting, a Cotter High School graduate, is attending College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.

Dakota Pawlak

Dakota Pawlak

Dakota Pawlak, a Cochrane-Fountain City High School graduate, is attending University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing degrees in Biology and Pre-Med.

Katherine Prinsen

Katherine Prinsen

Katherine Prinsen, a Rushford-Peterson High School graduate, is attending Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Amanda Ranvik

Amanda Ranvik

Amanda Ranvik, a Lewiston-Altura High School graduate, is attending Winona State University, pursuing a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Kritika Singh

Kritika Singh

Kritika Singh, a Winona Senior High School graduate, is attending University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing a degree in Nutritional Sciences.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation, call 507.474.3328.


Free Depression Screening Thursday, October 10

Are you wondering why you or someone you care about are no longer getting any enjoyment out of life? Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services is offering free depression screening on Thursday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Winona Health B.A. Miller Auditorium, on the hospital’s third floor at 855 Mankato Avenue.

“One out of every five adults may experience depression at some point in their lives,” said Betsy Rowekamp, Winona Health certified psychiatric registered nurse. “We want people to know that we’re here for them, help is available and  they can feel better.”

Common symptoms of depression may include any of the following:

  • A persistent feeling of sadness
  • Loss of pleasure in usually enjoyable activities
  • A feeling of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness
  • Changes in sleep patterns and appetite
  • Loss of energy
  • Restlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

No appointment is necessary for this free and confidential screening. The screening will take approximately 30 minutes. For more information regarding the free depression screening, or to learn more about Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services, call 507.454.2606.




Winona Community Health Clinic open Tuesday, October 1

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, October 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Winona Health on the second floor of the clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue. No appointment is necessary.

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.