Archives for March 2014

Join fellow book lovers for Authors Luncheon

Enjoy lunch with your fellow book lovers at the Winona Health Auxiliary’s Authors Luncheon, Monday, April 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Westfield Golf Course, 1460 W. 5th Street in Winona. This year’s luncheon features three Minnesota authors: Peter Geye, Nicole Helget and Chris Monroe. 

Peter GeyePeter Geye, “The Lighthouse Road” Fiction

Peter Geye has crafted another deeply moving tale of a misbegotten family shaped by the rough landscape in which they live. A young immigrant woman settles into life outside Duluth in the 1890s, still shocked at finding herself alone in a new country. Peter Geye was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 




Nicole HelgetNicole Helget, “Stillwater” Historical Fiction

Stillwater becomes an important stop on the Underground Railroad. As Clement and Angel grow up and the country marches to war, their lives are changed by many battles for freedom and by losses in the struggle for independence, large and small. Nicole Helget grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota.







Chris MonroeChris Monroe, “Monkey with a Tool Belt” Children’s Literature

Whether you need a beebersaw or a chisel, Chico Bon Bon’s your monkey. He can build or fix just about anything-from a dock for the ducks to a clock for the Clucks. But will his tools and wit save him when an organ grinder sets his sights on making Chico a circus star? Chris Monroe was born and currently lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Tickets for the Authors Luncheon are $20 and are available in advance in the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health and at The Book Shelf, 162 W. 2nd Street, downtown Winona.

Book sales will be conducted by The Book Shelf, with a portion of the sales to benefit the fundraiser. This year, the community’s generous support of Auxiliary events will go toward healthcare scholarships and enhancing the healing environment in Winona Health’s Behavioral Medicine Department.

For more information, about the Authors Luncheon or about the Winona Health Auxiliary, please call Winona Health’s Community Engagement Department at 507.474.3328.



Hospice seeking volunteers, offering training

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. The training consists of attending one of the following training sessions:

  • Monday, April 28, 2014, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


  • Thursday, May 1, 2014, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Training sessions will be at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona.

In addition, participants will need to attend one of the following volunteer orientations sessions:

  • Monday, June 9, 2014, 4 – 6 p.m.


  • Friday, June 13, 1 – 3 p.m.

Orientation sessions will be at Winona Health, 855Mankato Ave. in the B.A. Miller Auditorium (hospital 3rd floor). 

“We provide extensive training, covering everything from the various roles of hospice volunteers and nurses, to how to support families and understanding the bereavement process,” said Sheila Skeels, LSW, with Winona Health Hospice. “Volunteers provide a wonderful service to individuals and families, and they often find their own lives enriched.”

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families by providing compassionate care and reducing suffering during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

To register, or for more information, contact Helen Kingsbury at or call the hospice office at 507.457.4468.  Registration is open through Monday, April 18, 2014.


Hospice hosts Forget-Me-Not gathering

WH Hospice Forget me notsWinona Health Hospice hosted a “Forget-Me-Not” gathering for families and caregivers who lost a loved one within the last 13 months. The event was held March 19 at the First Congregational Church.

Approximately 75 family members and caregivers spent the evening with Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers, creating new connections while planting pots of forget-me-nots to take home. The gathering was possible thanks to generous gifts to Winona Health Hospice.

Winona Health Hospice serves individuals and families in Minnesota and Wisconsin communities within a 25-mile radius of Winona. For more information, call 507.457.4468 


Photo: Winona Health Hospice volunteer Barb Baer, left, prepares pots of soil as caregiver Barb Kuklinski plants her forget-me-not seeds at the Winona Health Hospice “Forget-Me-Not” gathering held March 19.


Winona Health invites employers to Breakfast with the Experts

Register here.

Winona Health invites the Winona community to RSVP for Breakfast with the Experts: Conducting Effective Root Cause Analysis, Wednesday, April 23, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

The program is presented by Kathleen Lanik, chief quality and safety officer at Winona Health.

“Every problem is an opportunity for improvement,” said Lanik. “Root-Cause Analysis is a tool used to investigate, uncover and eliminate the source of problems.” Attendees will learn how to reduce frustration, improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, eliminate the cause and prevent the problem from recurring.

The program will be in Winona Health’s B. A. Miller Auditorium, third floor of the hospital, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The program is free; however, for planning purposes, reservations are required. A complimentary breakfast is included. RSVP by Monday, April 21. RSVP online here or by phone: 507.457.4161.

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. To learn more about the occupational health services and wellness programs available to area businesses, call 507.474.3212.







Save the Date: Winona Health Eye Care Center Spring Style Show Thursday, May 15

Winona Health’s Eye Care Center will host a Spring Style Show Thursday, May 15 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 and there is a gift with purchase. Prescriptions from any optical shop are welcome. Attendees also can enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes.

Try on a special selection of frames from our featured designers:

  • Europa:  Scott Harris, Michael Ryen, Cinzia, Adin Thomas and Cote D’azur
  • Kenmark:  Vera Wang, Lilly Pulitzer, Kensie and Original Penguin

The Winona Health Eye Care Center provides comprehensive vision care for all ages including surgical treatment of eye diseases. There’s even a special exam room for children.

To schedule an appointment call the  Winona Health Eye Care Center at 507.474.4760 or schedule your annual eye exam online through My Winona Health*. To learn more about the Eye Care Center at

*My Winona Health is a free web-tool that gives you instant access to your medical information. To get started, call 507.474.5678. You must have an email address to sign up.

Dr. Fenske’s retirement open house–Sunday, March 30

fenske_webArnold Fenske, MD, Winona Health Internal Medicine physician, is retiring after a 60-year medical career, 54 of which were spent caring for the Winona community.

To honor and celebrate Dr. Fenske’s years of services, Winona Health invites community members to a retirement open house Sunday, March 30, 2 – 4 p.m. on the clinic first floor at 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

“It’s difficult to imagine, really imagine, what Dr. Fenske has seen and experienced throughout his 60-year medical career,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “He is a remarkable man and a remarkable physician who has made a difference at Winona Health and to the countless community members he has cared for.”

In his letter of intent to retire, Dr. Fenske wrote, “I am most grateful for my many decades of association with outstanding physicians who have been so supporting in sharing their knowledge and skills to maintain our goal of high quality care for all of our patients. My thanks and deep appreciation to these colleagues and partners in patient care.”

In honor of Dr. Fenske’s years of service, Winona Heath has made a gift to the Winona Health Foundation.

Those wishing to send a message to Dr. Fenske regarding his retirement through the Winona Health website can so here


John Gallagher, MD, selected to state ACEP board

Gallagher_med_rgbJohn Gallagher, MD, a Winona Health Emergency Department physician and medical director for Winona Area Ambulance Service, recently was selected to serve on the board of directors for the Minnesota chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (MN-ACEP).

Minnesota ACEP is the state chapter of the national American College of Emergency Physicians. Founded in 1972, the chapter represents approximately 600 emergency physicians, residents and medical students throughout Minnesota. The organization’s goal is to support the highest quality emergency medical care.

“Serving on this board gives Winona a voice on the state level, and it’s an opportunity to share our perspective on providing emergency services in a smaller community,” noted Dr. Gallagher. “I’m pleased to represent Winona Health, our patients and our community on the state ACEP board.”

Dr. Gallagher also serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director’s Association, an organization of EMS medical directors dedicated to improving 911 care in Minnesota. Dr. Gallagher joined Winona Health in 2012.






WSU Health Promotion Mental Health Needs Survey

Winona State University Health Promotion project: Mental Health Needs Survey

Winona State University Health Promotion students in the Program Planning course are working with Winona Health on a mental health access project. The goal of the project is collect data to further efforts to improve access to mental health resources and services in Winona County.

The project stems from the Community Health Needs Assessment completed in 2013 by Winona Health in collaboration with Winona County Public Health. Based on data from that assessment, mental health was determined to be one of the top three community health priorities.

Using the Community Health Needs Assessment as a resource, the students created a survey to further understand mental health needs in Winona County. If the response to their survey is statistically significant, the data could be used by collaborating organizations to improve access to services and increase mental health awareness and education in Winona County.

The students invite all Winona County residents to participate in the survey. There are no appreciable risks or benefits to participating in the study. The original survey deadline has been extended through April 30, 2014. Completing the survey takes approximately 10 minutes : Mental Health Needs Survey

All responses are anonymous and confidential. It will not be possible for anyone to identify your responses or to know your name. Questions about this research project can be directed to Dr. Peter Sternberg at 507.457.5693 or by email:


Diabetes Prevention Program begins Tuesday, April 1

Sue Haug, RD, LD, CDE

Sue Haug, RD, LD, CDE

Winona Health’s four-week diabetes prevention program, Small Steps, Big Rewards, begins Tuesday, April 1 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

Ann Heesacker, RN, MSN, CDE

Ann Heesacker, RN, MSN, CDE

• 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

“Knowing your risk is important because pre-diabetes is reversible, but diabetes is not,” noted Heesacker. “We’re here to help individuals identify and understand their personal risk factors for type 2 diabetes and to provide information about managing those risk factors through simple tips and lifestyle changes.” 

Registration for Small Steps, Big Rewards is open through Thursday, March 27, and the cost is $50 per person. For more information or to register, call 507.457.7670.


Quilters Guild generosity gives newborns a warm welcome

Quilt donation 1.26.14Many 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 17 hand-made baby blankets to the Winona Health Family Birth Center.

 “Our members have been donating quilts to the Family Birth Center for more than twenty years,” said Guild member Joey Hawkins. “We all love to quilt and we enjoy bringing them in for the babies at Winona Health.”

 “I love giving the quilts to the babies” said Diane Passehl, a nursing assistant in the Family Birth Center. “The look on a new parent’s face when they receive a quilt for their baby is just awesome.”

 All donations to Winona Health are made through the Winona Health Foundation. To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation, visit, or contact the Winona Health Community Engagement Department at 507. 474.3328.


Photo: Members of the Winona Health Family Birth Center staff receive a gift of hand-made quilts from the Winona Area Quilters Guild. Pictured: front row kneeling: Marie McCann, Second row L-R: Diane Passehl, Cindy Strobush, Nancy Schneider, Jodi Haag, Third Row L-R: Joey Hawkins (Winona Area Quilters Guild member), Bonnie Moen, Sam Ewing, Wendy Peck, Kris Cichon