Archives for February 2014

Free Health Talk: Preventing Sexual & Domestic Violence

Changing Community Norms: Preventing Sexual & Domestic Violence

Winona Health invites community members to a free Community Health Talk, Changing Community Norms: Preventing Sexual & Domestic Violence, Thursday, March 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. The program will be at Winona Health in the B. A. Miller Auditorium on the third floor of the hospital.

Beliefs, attitudes and knowledge shape how a community allows violence to exist within its midst. This Health Talk led by Helen Bagshaw, RN, and Joe Morse, co-founder of Beyond Tough Guise, a Winona non-profit organization, will provide information about what’s happening locally and how individuals can take action to stop violence.

Bagshaw is an Intensive Care Unit nurse and has been a CPR and Nonviolent Crisis Prevention instructor at Winona Health since 2005. She is a member of the Winona County Sexual and Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Project Steering Committee and has served on its speaker’s bureau since 2010.

Morse works with many community organizations locally and statewide to engage men and boys in promoting positive masculine values and respect for women. He has served on the Winona Domestic Assault Project task force, the board of Directors for Houston County Women’s Resources and the Women’s Resource Center of Winona. He also has facilitated groups for domestic assault perpetrators for 17 years and in that process closely examined his own abusive and controlling behavior toward women.

This free Health Talk will provide insight into what individuals can do to make a difference in the community.

The program is free but RSVP is required by Tuesday, March 11. Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, call 507.457.4161 or online here.


Cancer Program receives accreditation

Winona Health’s Cancer Care Program has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

“This accreditation acknowledges that Winona Health has a high-quality Cancer Program,” said Sara Gabrick, administrator for Surgical and Specialty Care Services. “Our goal is to make it possible for patients to stay close to home for cancer care, evaluation and treatment.”

David Rowekamp, MD, chair of Winona Health’s Cancer Committee, said, “I can assure community members that what we do here locally to diagnose and treat cancer is done very well. In addition to following the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines, we strive to give each patient personalized care and support to help them through treatment.” Dr. Rowekamp added that Winona Health has collaborative relationships with other regional healthcare organizations if a referral for treatment is necessary.

Only 30% of hospitals have accredited cancer programs, and Dr. Rowekamp noted that it is rare for a healthcare organization in a community the size of Winona to receive the Commission on Cancer accreditation. Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-accredited organization ensures individuals will receive:

• Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.

• A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options.

• Access to cancer-related information and education.

• Access to patient-centered services such as psychosocial distress screening and navigation.

• Options for genetic assessment and counseling and palliative care services.

• Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.

• Assessment of treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines.

• Information about clinical trials and new treatment options.

• Follow-up care at the completion of treatment, including a survivorship care plan.

• A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage, and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.

Winona Health’s Cancer Program team includes three general surgeons, Matthew Broghammer, DO; Lee Tombetta, MD, FACS; and Hans Zinnecker, MD, FACS, a medical oncologist, Richard Ferris, MD, and pathologist, Ronald England, DO. Additionally, two radiologists, Justin Albanese, MD, and William Krueger, DO, provide critical information to accurately diagnose and stage cancer for development of individualized treatment plans. The clinical team also includes oncology nurses, cancer registrars, laboratory technicians, registered dietitians, a nurse navigator, oncology social workers and rehabilitation therapists.

The accreditation indicates that Winona Health’s Cancer Program has been rigorously reviewed by a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

More information about the Commission on Cancer is available at For more information about Winona Health’s Cancer Program, click here, or call Sandy Gruszynski, Cancer Care Nurse Navigator, at 507.494.7378.


About the Commission on Cancer (CoC)

Established by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) in 1922, the multidisciplinary CoC establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings; conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from CoC-accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities, and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings.


Visitor limitations lifted

Winona Health’s visitor limitations have been lifted. The limitations, which were put in place to minimize patients’ and residents’ potential exposure to the influenza virus, went into effect at the hospital and Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors and Senior Living at Watkins on January 31. Since then, visitors in those areas were limited to immediate family only.

Although visitor limitations have been lifted, healthcare providers at Winona Health continue to advise those who are sick or experiencing any type of influenza-like symptoms to refrain from visiting hospitalized friends and family or visiting Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors and Senior Living at Watkins.

Patients and family members coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are still encouraged to wear a mask. Masks are available at the hospital and clinic main entrances.

As always, Winona Health encourages individuals to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

If you have additional questions about the flu, contact your primary healthcare provider or the Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia. 

Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check current Urgent Care wait times, click here.

Same day appointments are available in Pediatrics, Family Practice and Internal Medicine. Call 507.454.3650. 

Topsy Turvy Television Follies tickets available

Tickets are now on sale for the Winona Health Auxiliary’s “Topsy Turvy Television Follies 2,” a musical variety show to be presented February 27-28 and March 1-2 to raise funds toward the purchase of sleeper chairs for patient rooms to increase the comfort of Winona Health patients and their visitors.

Follies tickets are $12 each available at Midtown Foods, Hy-Vee, the Winona Health Glady D. Miller Gift Shop and at the door if tickets are still available. Performances will be in Cotter School’s Saint Cecilia’s Theatre, 1115 W. Broadway, Winona, Minn.

This entertaining fundraiser will feature local singers, dancers, sketches and live music from your favorite television shows from the last 40 years. This year’s show was locally written and is sure to provide many laughs as some of your most memorable and beloved television characters come to life. There are a few twists and turns as they interact with each other in a “topsy-turvy” sort of way.

The underwriters for the show are Merchants Bank, Miller Ingenuity and Kohner Materials/Modern Transport Terminal. The Follies gives the Winona community an opportunity to join together in supporting local healthcare.

Patron tickets are still available as well. For information on becoming a Patron or for more information about the Follies, contact the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.


Welcome Theresa Zeman, CNP

Zeman_webTheresa Zeman, CNP, joined the Winona Health staff and works with Internal Medicine physicians to provide healthcare services for residents of Winona area long-term and transitional care residences. Zeman will visit area nursing homes as part of a care team with Bryan Reed, DO, Jackie Stevens, CNP, and Katie Frie, CNP.

Zeman’s special interests and areas of expertise include geriatrics, mental health for elders, dementia-related care and palliative care.

“I was drawn to this rural area for the landscape, and I was surprised to find this gem called Winona Health,” said Zeman. “I’m looking forward to being part of a committed geriatric team and getting to know more about area resources and what’s unique in Winona.”

Zeman has 20 years of experience as a nurse practitioner, recently providing home-based primary care for frail elders at Mayo Clinic Rochester, and providing clinic-based primary care for veterans in Mankato, Minn.

Zeman is certified as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is currently completing a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate Program through the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Her Master of Science in Nursing is from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas in Arlington. 

Zeman grew up on a farm south of Owatonna, Minn., the oldest of 12 siblings. In her free time, she enjoys gardening and has a strong interest in permaculture and organic farming. Zeman said, “In addition to meeting people through my role at Winona Health, I’m looking forward to exploring the countryside and finding a place to grow my vegetables and put down roots—pun intended.” 

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, including a link to a downloadable directory with photos, click here.

To learn more about the services Zeman provides through the Internal Medicine Department at Winona Clinic, call 507.457.7622.

Auxilary raises more than $65,000 for community healthcare

WH Auxiliary 2013 check presentation

Winona Health Auxiliary 2013 president, Nancy Enochs presents a check to Winona Health president/CEO, Rachelle Schultz at the Auxiliary’s annual meeting.

The Winona Health Auxiliary annual meeting was held in January at Signatures. Officers were elected, service chairs were appointed and awards were presented to individuals who had achieved milestone levels of service hours ranging from 100 hours to 10,000 hours.

Nancy Enochs, 2013 Winona Health Auxiliary president, presented Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO, with a check for $41,000, which will be used to enhance the healing environment for patients at Winona Heath. In addition, $3,000 was given for projects to benefit residents at Winona Health’s Senior Living at Watkins, Roger Metz, Adith Miller and Lake Winona manors and $23,000 was awarded for healthcare scholarships in 2013. Thus, the grand total for Auxiliary gifts in 2013 was $67,000.

“The generosity of our Auxiliary volunteers has an immeasurable impact on what we do here at Winona Health,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “We recognize the many ways volunteers help our patients, residents, visitors, families and staff. Their ongoing support strengthens local healthcare and, therefore, our entire community. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to each of them.”

In addition to funds raised throughout the year during various events and at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop, last year volunteers provided 23,675 hours of service to Winona Health. Using the current U.S. average hourly value for volunteer time, that amounts to a gift equivalent to $524,164.50 in service time to Winona Health.

Auxiliary officers for 2014 are: Sheryl Miller, president; Bev Keiper, president-elect; Candice Mayberry, secretary; Irene Mulyck, treasurer; Barbara Pozanc, assistant treasurer; Nancy Enochs, past president; and Kim Schwab, Winona Health board representative.

“The purpose of our organization is to support Winona Health is its mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the community,” said Miller, who has been a part of the Winona Health Auxiliary for more than 30 years. “I’m very excited about beginning my term as Auxiliary president and about the opportunities before us.”

 For more information about the Winona Health Auxiliary or volunteer opportunities at Winona Health, visit or call 507.474.3328.


Go Red for Heart Health Friday, February 7

Did you know that heart disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year? There are more heart-related deaths for women each year than all forms of cancers combined. Heart disease kills more women than men, and at an average rate of one death per minute.

But here is the good news. American Heart Association’s GO RED FOR WOMEN is fighting to save women’s lives from heart disease. Progress has been significant, but there’s a long way to go. In our community we can:

• Make the issue of heart disease more visible by encouraging co-workers, family and friends to wear RED on Friday, February 7.

• Increase awareness of heart disease in our community, its deadly impact on women and how we can fight back.

• Start making small steps to improve your heart health: Increasing physical activity, eating a heart-healthy diet and learning about heart disease and its risk factors are all great ways to start or to continue your journey to a heart healthy lifestyle.

This cannot be a one-woman battle. Recruit your friends, family and co-workers to increase awareness and action.

Look for free information and resources at

Let’s stand together. We have the power to save our lives. With your help, we can end the No. 1 killer of our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends. Make a difference and Go Red Women. Please wear RED on Friday, February 7.

Trisha A. Bellock

Trisha A. Bellock, RN, Nurse Manager

Women’s Health Center

Winona Health