Archives for December 2013

Free Smoking Cessation Program begins January 9

The best gift is not only free—it actually saves you money. Improve your health: Decrease your risk for heart attack, stroke and cancer. Winona Health’s next smoking cessation program begins Thursday, January 9. This free program includes four sessions meeting Thursday evenings 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue.

“Whether this is someone’s first attempt to quit or they’ve tried several times before, this program is for everyone who would like to be tobacco free,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator.

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. Advance registration is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program will be welcome as space permits. For more information or to sign up in advance, call Lynn Sprain at 507.474.3324.


Diabetes Prevention Program begins Tuesday, January 7

Winona Health’s four-week diabetes prevention program, Small Steps, Big Rewards, begins January 7 and meets four consecutive Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the conference room on the clinic second floor at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue.

Certified diabetes educators, Sue Haug, RD, LD, CDE, and Ann Heesacker, RN, MSN, CDE, will facilitate the program, which is intended for people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Risk factors for diabetes include:

• Abnormal glucose laboratory results

• Diabetes in pregnancy or giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

• Family history of diabetes

• Excess body weight (especially around the waist)

• Low HDL cholesterol and/or high triglycerides

• High blood pressure

• Low activity level

• Poor diet

“The goal of this program is to help individuals identify and understand their personal risk factors for type 2 diabetes and to teach them how to manage those risk factors through simple tips and lifestyle changes,” noted Haug.

Registration for Small Steps, Big Rewards is open through Thursday, January 2, and the cost is $50 per person. For more information or to register, call 507.457.7670.


Winona Health Auxiliary announces plans for Follies

The Follies are coming to town! The Topsy Turvy 2 Television Follies, sponsored by the Winona Health Auxiliary, will be February 27 through March 2 in the historic Saint Cecilia Theatre on the campus of Cotter Schools.

The Follies is a wonderful, community-wide musical variety show featuring your neighbors, your friends; maybe even YOU! Volunteers all, the cast will consist of people from all walks of life and all ages who will entertain us with song, dance and downright hilarity.

The proceeds from the Follies will go towards healthcare scholarships and new sleeper chairs for hospital rooms to increase the comfort of patients and their families.

Watch for the casting call and get involved! Dust off your top hats, your dancing shoes and warm up your voices. The Follies are coming to town!

For more information, call the Community Engagement Department at Winona Health at 507.474.3328.


Holiday Hours

Winona Health holiday hours will be as follows:


Tuesday, December 24:

• Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Winona Clinics and outpatient laboratory: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

• Rushford Clinic: 8 a.m. – noon

• Retail pharmacies: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Wednesday, December 25:

All Winona Health clinics, outpatient laboratory and retail pharmacies closed


Tuesday, December 31:

• Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Winona clinics and laboratory: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

• Rushford Clinic: 8 a.m. – 4

• Retail pharmacies: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Wednesday, January 1:

All Winona Health clinics, outpatient laboratory and retail pharmacies closed


Winona Health’s Emergency Department at 855 Mankato Avenue is always open


Healthy Kids Club January 19. It’s Fun. It’s free. RSVP today!

Winona Health’s Healthy Kids Club University (Healthy U), a fun, free event for kids ages five to 11 and their parents, grandparents or guardians, will be Sunday, January 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road. 

RSVP here.

The event is free, but registration is required. Parents or guardians are welcome to register children for two of the following activities:

Fundamentals of Soccer (adult may accompany child if they wish) – with Winona State University soccer players. Play soccer with Winona State University soccer players.  You can learn fun drills, play catch with your feet and maybe even learn about the different positions.

Karate (adult may accompany child if they wish) with Fritz Speck at Minnesota Genbu-kai Karate. Learn all about self-defense as you maneuver your way through Karate drills. Karate is a great way to learn self-discipline and teamwork.

Ski or Snow Shoe with Me (adult may accompany child if they wish) – with Ridgeway Community School, Winona Park & Recreation and Outdoor Recreation & Education Center – Winona State University. Cross Country Skiing/Snow Shoeing is great exercise, great fun and a fantastic way to enjoy the outdoors!  Join Ridgeway Community School, Winona Park & Recreation and Outdoor Recreation & Education Center – Winona State University as they teach you the basic techniques of cross country skiing or snow shoeing.  Equipment will be provided for this workshop.  Please be sure to bring warm clothes such as snow pants, winter coat, hat and gloves as this workshop will take place outside. Participate in floor hockey if there’s no snow. 

Rainbow Food Adventures (child must be accompanied by an adult) –  with Anna Hudson, RD, Winona Health; Stacey Sadowski, RD, Live Well Winona; and Alex Economy, RD, Winona Hy-Vee.  How colorful do you want your plate to be? Together, adult and child will make and enjoy a delicious and nutritious rainbow wrap.

And for the grownups…

Healthy Kids ClubHealthy U includes programs for adults. While kids participate in fun, healthy activities, adults can attend presentations in the auditorium.

Building a Healthy Sense of Self-Esteem – with Emily Tracey, PA-C, Winona Health Pediatrics Department, and LeAnne Morey, PA-C, Winona Health Behavioral Health. This is an opportunity to gain insight about raising children with a healthy sense of self-esteem and learn about the issues kids may face when they are at school. Bring your questions!

This Healthy Kids Club event is free, but registration is required as space is limited in the kids’ activities. RSVP by Thursday, January 16, online here or call 507.457.4161.


About Healthy Kids Club:  Healthy Kids Club is a collaborative effort between Winona Health and other area organizations designed to improve the health and well-being of children ages 5 to 11. To learn more about this event and Healthy Kids Club, visit or call 507.457.4161.



Winona Health Foundation Trees of Light gathering December 18

Community members who are honoring or remembering family and friends who hold a special place in their hearts during this holiday season are invited to the Trees of Light gathering on Wednesday, December 18 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Winona Clinic lobby. Attendees can enjoy music, refreshments, visit with friends, view the trees and take home the ornament(s) tagged with their honoree’s name.

“We are very grateful for the generosity from so many people who choose to honor their friends and family members through the Trees of Light campaign which supports community healthcare,” said Betsy Midthun, VP of community engagement at Winona Health. The Trees of Light are again filled with colored ornaments, each tagged with the name of a person who is special to those who gave. “Our patients and visitors are enjoying the trees and viewing the names of people honored. It’s a wonderful reminder of those who are important to us and those who will always be remembered.”

The trees will remain on display through January 10, and contributors are welcome to find their ornaments on the trees and take them home during the event on December 10 or anytime during clinic hours after December 18.

Donations to the Trees of Light campaign may be made online, by mail or in person at the Foundation office on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, 55987.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328 or online at

Winona highlighted in healthcare information technology video

Winona Health and Winona recently were featured in a video about advancements in healthcare technology produced by Cerner. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the systemic change of health and care delivery. Winona Health has been collaborating with Cerner to develop and use technology to make health care safer and more efficient.

“This year Winona Health and Cerner celebrated ten years of working together in developing technology to streamline processes, improve healthcare quality and safety, provide individuals with greater access to their healthcare information and improve the health and well-being of the community,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “Winona Health was a pioneer in adopting technology in 2000, and we continue to stay ahead of the curve in using technology for the benefit of our patients and healthcare providers.”

Cerner links physicians, patients and caregivers through web-based personal health records, thus seamlessly connecting a healthcare system. Winona Health is among only about 5% of healthcare organizations in the country to have implemented technological advances that include providing patients with an integrated medical record.

The new video highlights how Winona Health helps patients such as Sally Mogren, who deals with autoimmune hepatitis, to manage and improve their conditions while also making potentially life-saving information available to healthcare providers should she need care when she is traveling. “You really have to have ownership of your health, know what you need to ask and be your own advocate,” she said. “The technology Winona Health has in place helps me manage my health and I know my information is accessible anytime, anywhere I may need it.”

To further illustrate Winona Health’s proactive use of technology, the healthcare system achieved HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 on the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption ModelSM.  Winona Health represents one of only 6.7 percent of U.S. hospitals that have achieved this level of expertise. Hospital & Health Networks also recognized Winona Health with a Most Wired award in 2013.

In addition to this latest video feature, Winona Health’s advancements in information technology warranted a national PBS Newshour feature in 2008.

To view the new Cerner/Winona Health video: