Archives for January 2014

Welcome back to Pediatrics Kristi Schulte, PA-C

Schulte_webAfter a year away, Kristi Schulte, physician assistant (PA-C), has returned to the Winona Health Pediatrics Department. The Pediatrics Department now has three full-time healthcare providers: Sarah Lallaman, DO, Emily Tracey, PA-C, and Kristi Schulte, PA-C.

“My husband and I wanted to experience life closer to the cities, but we found that we really missed this area, and I missed caring for children at Winona Health,” said Schulte. “I’m looking forward to reuniting with the children and families I’ve seen in the past and to integrating into the Pediatrics team.”

Schulte is certified as a Physician Assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed by the state of Minnesota. She has a special interest in working with children with allergies and asthma, behavioral issues, and female adolescents. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics.

In her free time, Schulte enjoys sewing, watching sports and having dance parties in the living room with her husband and children ages four and one.

The Winona Health Pediatrics Department offers same-day appointments. To schedule an appointment to see Kristi Schulte, PA-C, in the Pediatrics Department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7607. For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here. Search by name or by department/specialty.

Merchants Bank and Miller Ingenuity generous Follies sponsors

Follies UnderwritersThe Winona Health Auxiliary is pleased to announce that the upcoming variety show, “Topsy Turvy Television Follies 2,” has secured two major sponsors for this community event. Merchants Bank and Miller Ingenuity have agreed to help kick start the fundraising with their very generous donations.

Topsy Turvy Television Follies 2 is a wonderful, community-wide musical variety show which will star your family, neighbors and friends in skits and musical numbers featuring your favorite characters and theme songs from the past 40 years of television. According to Follies director, Sue Degallier, rehearsals have begun with energy and enthusiasm and you won’t want to miss the show!

The Follies will be held February 27 and 28 and March 1 and 2 in the beautiful, historic Saint Cecilia Theatre on the Cotter Schools campus. General seating tickets are $12 and will go on sale February 10. Tickets will be available at the Glady D. Miller Gift shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby, at Hy-Vee and at Midtown Foods.

The monies raised from the Follies are earmarked to help purchase sleeper chairs for all of the patient rooms at Winona Health to increase the comfort of patients and their families and visitors.

For more information on the upcoming Follies, including Patron sponsorship and seating, contact the Winona Health Community Engagement Department at 507.474.3328. 


Photo: Merchant’s Bank and Miller Ingenuity are the generous sponsors of the Winona Health Auxiliary’s Tipsy Curvy Television Follies 2. Pictured: Sheryl Miller, Winona Health Auxiliary president; Rod Nelson, president/CEO, Merchants Bank; Steve Blue, president/CEO Miller Ingenuity; and Sue Degallier, Winona Health Auxiliary Follies director.


Free “Hands Only CPR” Community Workshops

Celebrate Heart Month by learning 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, February 22, 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,” says Helen Bagshaw, RN, a Winona Health ICU nurse who will be leading the workshop. “February, heart month, is a great time to do something special for your Valentine and all the people you love.” Bagshaw also will cover information about what to do when someone is choking and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

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

9 – 9:30 a.m. register now

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. register now

10:30 – 11 a.m. register now

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. register now

12 – 12:30 p.m. register now

1 – 1:30 p.m. register now

1:45 – 2:15 p.m. register now

2:30 – 3 p.m. register now

3:15 3:45 p.m. register now

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 held at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, in the B.A. Miller Auditorium. Workshops are free but space is limited. RSVP for a specific time is required by Thursday, February 20. Sign up for a workshop by calling 507.457.4161 or RSVP online at


Event raises funds for local women with breast cancer

Breast Fest, an event held to benefit local women being treated for breast cancer at Winona Health, raised $5,000 that will be distributed through the Winona Health Foundation.

The organizers, who asked that their names not be used, said that they wanted to do something to help local women who may need assistance paying for miscellaneous expenses that come along with dealing with a serious illness. 

“We just want to make life a little easier for women in our community who are dealing with breast cancer,” said one of the organizers. “We also hope this shows them that more people than they know care about them.”

Sandy Gruszynski, cancer care coordinator at Winona Health, said, “This is a very generous and welcome gift. What’s so touching is that it’s from community members, for community members. It’s just one example of why Winona is a great place to live and why Winona Health is a wonderful place to give and receive care.”

The organizers requested that the money help as many women as possible with expenses such as transportation to clinic visits and costs related to having a serious illness but that are not covered by insurance. 

Breast Fest was held Saturday October 19, 2013, at The Black Horse in Winona. Organizers sold t-shirts, raffle tickets and received donations. The event included performances by area bands. Organizers said they are planning another event this year.

To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation and ways to give here, or call Kelley Olson, generosity manager, at 507.474.3264.



Foundation accepting nursing scholarship applications

The Winona Health Foundation is now accepting applications for the Phyllis McClenathan Scholarship.

This $1,000 award is available to any individual in the final year of earning his or her two- or four-year Registered Nurse degree. The scholarship recipient must also be from within a 60-mile radius of Winona, or attend a post-secondary school within the designated area, or be a current Winona Health employee. Priority will be given to individuals committed to providing care at Winona Health.

Phyllis McClenathan was a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center who passed away after a long battle with cancer. In 2006, her husband, Dean, and their children established a nursing scholarship in her name within the Winona Health Foundation.

Scholarship applications will be accepted through March 15, 2014. Postmark dates will not be considered. Applications are available online here. If questions, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3264 or


Nominations for Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute due Feb 14

 Generosity in Action 

The Winona Health Foundation is seeking nominations for the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

The Ben and Adith Miller Community Service Tribute is awarded to an outstanding person, persons or community organization who has made a significant difference and positive impact on the Winona region and/or Winona Health. Candidates will be evaluated on their generosity of time, spirit, energy and/or charitable donations. Nomination forms are available online at and nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 14.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute was established by the late community philanthropist, Benjamin A. Miller, in the name of his wife, Adith. In addition to a special recognition dinner at Cedar Valley Restaurant, the family of Ben & Adith Miller and RTP Company honors the recipient with a $25,000 contribution to the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund to assist area individuals and families.

Irene Renk received the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute in 2013. Renk was recognized for her fifty years of work with several area organizations and events. Renk is known for her ability to recruit volunteers by acting as a mentor.

Written nominations are being accepted now through February 14. For more information including a nomination form, click here. If questions, call 507.474-3264 or contact

Previous Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients:

 2012 Irene Renk

2011 Marlene Kohner

2010 Jenny Kahl

2009 Justin Green

2008 Nancy Iglesias

2007 Dennis Theede and Home and Community Options

2006 Karen and O.J. Fawcett

2005 Donna Helble

2004 Kent Gernander

2003 Marilyn and Keith Schwab, Kim and Pete Schwab

2002 L. “Max” DeBolt

2001 Rose Anderson and Diane Barge

2000 Carol and Dan Barr

1999 Joette and Michael Gostomski

1998 Roger Metz

1997 Nancy and Mark Kristensen

1996 Dave Arnold and Dan Rukavina

1995 Pete Woodworth

1994 Dr. Frank and Ruth Bures

1993 Sue Cornwell

1992 Bob Kierlin

1991 Tom Graham

1990 Gary Evans

1989 Pauline Knight

1988 Tom and Judith Stark, Dr. Roger and Helen Hartwich, John and Helen David



Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship applications

The Winona Health Auxiliary is now accepting applications for Carol Hill Scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year. Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2014.

Successful applicants must be accepted or contingent upon acceptance into an accredited healthcare educational program for fall 2014. Applicants also must be a permanent resident of the Winona Health service area or be working at Winona Health. Individual scholarship awards will be made in amounts of $500 or more, and up to a total of $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

The scholarship is named for Carol Hill, retired director of Winona Health Volunteer Services, in honor of her long-standing service to the Winona Health Auxiliary.

Scholarship funds are raised through Auxiliary fundraising events such as the Fantasy of Trees, Birthday Ball, Holiday Happiness and the $5 jewelry sale, along with sales from the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health. Since the Auxiliary awarded its first nursing scholarship in 1962, more than $540,000 has been awarded.

Scholarship applications will be accepted through March 15, 2014. Applications are available online here. If questions, call Winona Health’s Community Engagement Department at 507.474.3328 or contact

Benevolence & Blues, Friday, January 31, 2014

WH Benevolence and BluesThe Winona Health Foundation invites community members to a unique event, ‘Benevolence & Blues,’ Friday, January 31 at Visions Event Center at Signatures.

“This will be a special evening celebrating generosity, blues music and delicious barbeque,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement. “We will be recognizing individuals and an organization that have been chosen for their generosity of time, talent and/or treasure.” Honorees include:

• Lois Frank, Winona Health volunteer for 70 years

• Jeremy Compton, CBET, certified biomedical electronic technician

• Debbie Gappa, LPN, Pediatrics Department

• Helen Bagshaw, RN, Intensive Care Unit

• Mr. & Mrs. Lester Boelter, retired Winona business owners

• Betsy and Dave Rowekamp, MD, Humanitarian Relief Fund

• The Winona Health Auxiliary, Nancy Enochs, 2013 President, Sheryl Miller, 2014 President

The community event is also playing on the ‘blues’ theme. “You may have the winter blues and just need a fun night out,” said Midthun. “We are encouraging attendees to wear their favorite blues—whether it’s dress blues, blue scrubs, blue jeans or blue suede shoes. Blue is also the Winona Health color, so employees could even wear their logo wear.”

The dinner menu includes: Barbeque ribs, chicken skewers with Carolina style barbeque sauce with peppers, onion and zucchini, grilled kielbasa sausages, homemade corn bread, baked macaroni and cheese, salad, sweet corn and dessert. Entertainment includes the Larry Price Trio and special appearances by Winona Health staff including John Rislove, director of Behavioral Health, and Angie Johannes, director of Surgical Services. Volunteers from the Winona Health Auxiliary Follies will also provide a sneak preview of that event on February 27 and 28, and March 1 and 2.

Tickets are $30 per person. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a hors d’oeuvres, blues music and a cash bar. Dinner, more entertainment and stories of generosity round out the evening. Reservations will be accepted through Monday, January 27. RSVP by sending a check to the Winona Health Foundation, and mail to: Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987. Please include the names of those attending. If questions, call 507.474.3264.


Welcome Amy Macal, CNP, to hospitalist team

Macal_webAmy Macal, a certified nurse practitioner (CNP), joined the Winona Health staff and cares for patients as a nurse practitioner hospitalist.

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

“My family and I love this area, and I’m excited to be part of a community-focused, friendly organization like Winona Health.” said Macal. “I’m looking forward to caring for patients and their families and working as part of a care team.”

Macal (pronounced maht-zall) earned a Master of Science in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa. She received an Associate Degree of Nursing from Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University, majoring in Exercise Science with a Cardiac Rehabilitation and Adult Wellness emphases. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and an invited member of Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing honor society.

Prior to joining Winona Health, Macal was caring for patients at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, Iowa, where she gained extensive experience in emergency care, obstetrics and medical/surgical areas.

She, her husband, Tim, and three school-aged children moved to Winona at the end of December and are looking forward to making Winona their home.

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Winona Health Completes Community Health Needs Assessment

Winona Health, formerly known as Community Memorial Hospital, was founded in 1894 to take care of the healthcare needs of the community. Now, nearly 120 years later, Winona Health continues to assess the needs of Winona County, most recently by facilitating a health and wellness assessment of the population.

Collaborating with Winona County Public Health and other local organizations in Winona County over the past three years, Winona Health developed and conducted the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The process engaged a wide range of community stakeholders with the intent of collaborating on projects.

According to Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health, “Conducting this assessment was an arduous process, but worthwhile in that the results will guide our efforts in fulfilling our mission to improve the health and well-being of our community.”

The CHNA focused on the health and wellness needs of Winona County focusing on residents throughout the 55987 zip code. Two surveys were conducted in 2013. Six thousand surveys were mailed to a random sample of the general population and six hundred surveys were distributed to a diverse population through the assistance of Project Fine. The response rate on each survey was approximately thirty percent.

The survey findings were reviewed by Ann Kinney, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Minnesota Center for Health Statistics, Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minn.

Midthun said the final 32-page report, which includes seven appendices, combines survey analysis with primary and secondary data. The assessment contains the most recent Winona County demographics, socio-economic factors and health service utilization trends. In addition, the report incorporates input from numerous community coalitions and fifteen focus groups. “We wanted to get insight from as many stakeholders in our region as possible,” said Midthun.

As a result of the research, as well as further discussion with the Winona Health Board of Directors, the following top three community health priorities were chosen to be the focus of Winona Health leadership in the next three years:

• Priority #1: Mental Health Services

Winona Health will work with area organizations to develop a collaborative approach to focus attention and resources on behavioral health issues in Winona County; identify strategies to improve fragmentation of behavioral health services to Winona County residents; and increase mental health awareness and education.

• Priority #2: Preventive Care Services

Winona Health will work to reduce the disparity of preventive screenings in the minority or disadvantaged populations, supporting cultural factors and promoting healthy living for all county residents; collaborate with Winona providers to identify patients with preventive screening needs; increase educational efforts on the value of preventive care; investigate transportation solutions to enhance care to underserved populations; and explore opportunities to provide preventive dental care to the underserved population. 

• Priority #3: Obesity/Overweight:

Winona Health will identify opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles, recreational opportunities, healthy eating and wellness behaviors by partnering with area organizations, schools, businesses and Live Well Winona; educate the community on ‘what is obesity,’ the impact of being overweight on health and well-being, and understanding important ‘health numbers’ and offer viable solutions.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act requires that all 501(c) (3) hospitals conduct a community health needs assessment. The Winona Health report is in accordance with the federal IRS community benefit reporting requirements and priorities identified reflect the perspective of the community.

The assessment is available at:, click on Events & Resources, then 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (or click here to download the report). In addition to being available for review on the Winona Health website, paper copies are also available for review in Winona Health’s Community Engagement Department. For more information or to request a copy of the report, contact Midthun at 507.457.4116.