Archives for October 2013

Free Healthcare Directives Program

Learn how to make your wishes known

The Winona Health Auxiliary offers a free Healthcare Directive program to help individuals document their wishes so their families will be informed if necessary.

The next free Healthcare Directives program will be Monday, November 21 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Winona Health in the Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow individuals to retain control over their care, even after losing the ability to speak on their own behalf. All individuals age 18 and older are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive. Trained and certified Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers will facilitate this program with participants using authorized forms. The session will cover both Minnesota and Wisconsin Healthcare Directives.

A follow-up session will be held at the same time in the same location, Monday, December 2. This is an opportunity for individuals who have attended the informational session to get assistance in completing their personal directive or to have a Healthcare Directives facilitator review a completed directive.

These sessions are free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required.

Auxiliary volunteers are also available to give group presentations in the community about making their wishes known through a Health Care Directive. If you have questions about the program, please call 507.474.3328.

Tie it Teal: Ovarian cancer event Saturday morning, Nov. 9

Winona Health invites community members to have breakfast and learn about ovarian cancer Saturday, November 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. on the second floor of Winona Clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Melissa Richards, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist with the Winona Health Women’s Health Center, along with Mayo Clinic physicians Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, MD, and Carrie L. Langstraat, MD, both gynecologic oncologists, will discuss various aspects of ovarian cancer including the importance of knowing family medical history and understanding possible symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Dr. Richards completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Mayo Clinic. She joined Winona Health in August and has a special interest in high-risk pregnancies, irregular menstrual cycles and contraceptive counseling.

Laurie Broghammer, DPM, will welcome attendees and introduce speakers.

The event is free, but RSVP is required by Wednesday, November 6. Breakfast begins at 9 a.m., with the program following at 9:30. All attendees will receive a free pair of shoelaces to “tie it teal” and help raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

RSVP by phone: 507.457.4161 or online by clicking here.

New 3D Mammography at Winona Health!

New 3D Mammography at Winona Health offers better chance to diagnose breast cancer earlier, at more treatable stages Winona Health will offer 3D Mammography (breast tomosynthesis) technology for breast cancer screening. Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the obstruction often caused by overlapping tissue.

Breast screening with tomosynthesis when combined with conventional 2D mammography has a 40-percent higher invasive cancer detection rate than conventional 2D mammography alone. Tomosynthesis technology gives radiologists increased confidence with up to a 40-percent reduction in recall rates.

The tomosynthesis screening experience is similar to a traditional mammogram. During a tomosynthesis exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

“We are committed to winning the fight against breast cancer,” said Claudine Van Meeteren, director of Imaging Services at Winona Health. “In offering breast tomosynthesis digital mammography, Winona Health provides the most advance technology available to detect the presence of cancer in the breast.”

William Krueger, DO, radiologist added, “We believe breast tomosynthesis will benefit all screening and diagnostic mammography patients, and is especially valuable for women receiving a baseline screening, those who have dense breast tissue and/or women with a personal history of breast cancer.”

To schedule a mammogram in the Women’s Imaging Department at Winona Health, call 507.457.4320 option 1. Same day and Saturday morning appointments are available.

Holiday Happiness: Nov. 6 – 9!

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Happiness will be November 6 through 9 on the Winona Health campus, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital’s third floor will be transformed into a winter wonderland featuring gifts, decorations, clothing, gourmet foods and bakery treats. Various local art and craft vendors also will have merchandise and baked goods for sale in the hospital lobby.

Holiday Happiness hours:

Wednesday, November 6: preview and opening 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 7: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, November 8: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, November 9: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Proceeds from Holiday Happiness go toward healthcare scholarships and new sleeper chairs to enhance the comfort of Winona Health patients and their visitors.

Holiday Happiness is a festive way to begin holiday shopping while supporting local healthcare.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.

Therapy Services luncheon Wednesday, October 30

Winona Health Therapy Services invites current and past patients to a customer appreciation luncheon, Wednesday, October 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The luncheon will be in the Winona Health Therapy Services Department at Sarnia Square, 420 East Sarnia Street, in Winona.

To thank current and past patients, Therapy Services is hosting a free hotdog lunch with lawn games, door prizes and free five-minute chair massages. There will be a drawing for a free massage every month for a year along with a therapy gift package and other giveaways.

“The event helps to show our gratitude to our past and current patients,” said Rehabilitation Services manager Travis Kramolis.

For more information about Winona Health Therapy Services or the luncheon on October 30, call 507.457.4329.

Welcome Brea Veldboom, CNP, to Family Practice

Veldboom_webBrea Veldboom, certified nurse practitioner (CNP), joined the Winona Health staff and will care for patients of all ages in the Family Practice Department. Nurse practitioners are clinical medical professionals who provide care in collaboration with a physician. They can examine patients, make a diagnoses, prescribe medications and provide education and treatment plans. Veldboom will see patients as part of a care team including E. Allen Beguin, MD, and Virginia Green, CNP.

Veldboom said she is looking forward to taking care of people of all ages. “I became a nurse practitioner because I want to connect with patients and help people be proactive about their health,” said Veldboom.

Veldboom received her Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. and her RN from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise & Sport Science, Concentrations: Sports Medicine & Pre Medicine from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. She has a special interest in sports medicine.

Veldboom’s prior experience includes caring for patients in rehabilitative care at Bethany St. Joseph Care Center in Onalaska, Wis. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

In her free time, Veldboom enjoys gardening and staying active with her husband and their yellow lab, Henry.

To schedule an appointment with Brea Veldboom, CNP, call 507.457.7648. For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here. Winona Health is also on Facebook and Twitter


Welcome Lora Briese, CNP, to Family Practice

Briese_webLora Briese, certified nurse practitioner (CNP), joined the Winona Health staff and will care for patients of all ages in the Family Practice Department. Nurse practitioners are clinical medical professionals who provide care in collaboration with a physician. They can examine patients, make a diagnoses, prescribe medications and provide education and treatment plans. Briese will work as part of a care team with Mary Michener, MD.

After completing her clinical training at Winona Health, Briese (pronounced breezy) knew she’d like to work in Winona. “I enjoyed working with the staff here and in a community this size,” she said. “I’m looking forward to caring for families and individuals at all stages of life.”

Briese received her Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from Winona State University-Rochester in Rochester, Minn., and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has a special interest in health promotion and helping people learn how to implement changes to improve all aspects of their health.

Prior to joining Winona Health, Briese cared for cardiac patients at St. Mary’s Hospital and at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Minn. Briese is a member of the American Holistic Nurses’ Association-Rochester Chapter. She has done extensive research on the impact of massage on patients awaiting cardiovascular procedures and healing touch in patients with breast cancer receiving radiation therapy.

In her free time, Briese enjoys nature photography, hiking and biking with her husband and children. To schedule an appointment with Lora Briese, CNP, call 507.457.7648. For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here. Winona Health is also on Facebook and Twitter.                        


Diabetes Expo Saturday, October 26: Program schedule

The 2013 free Winona Area Diabetes Expo will be Saturday, October 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, clinic entrance.

The Diabetes Expo offers information to help individuals living with diabetes, or at risk for developing diabetes, to live healthier lives. There will be presentations, exhibits, free blood sugar and blood pressure screening and a healthy cooking demonstration with samples.

Attendees can choose any or all presentations:

9:00 – 9:30 Exercise at Home, presented by Lisa Rudrud, Ed.D, health and wellness coach

9:30 – 10:15 I can’t Afford My Diabetes Treatment: Good Physiology versus Economic Necessity, presented by Dr. Gregory Pehling, MD, Gundersen Health System

10:15 – 11:15 Visit Informational Booths – get lifestyle tips and ask experts questions about diabetes-related products and services.

11:15 – 11:45 Tending to Your Health: Approaches to Manage Prediabetes

Presenter: Sue Haug, RD, LD, CDE, Winona Health

12:00 – 12:30 Healthy Cooking Demo presented by Matt Repaal, Sodexo/Winona Health chef

Those who are interested in any of the speaker’s presentations but cannot physically attend the event may view the programs live via computer. If interested, send an email message to Jenelle O’Donnell, telemedicine coordinator:

The Expo is hosted by Winona Health diabetes and nutrition education staff and area Lions Clubs. The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Sue Haug. RD, LD, CDE, at Winona Health at 507.457.4521 or email