Archives for May 2014

Auxiliary gift adds comfort for patients and visitors

2013 Auxiliary Gift to Winona Health

Sheryl Miller, Winona Health Auxiliary President, demonstrates the comfort of one of the new sleeper chairs for the Inpatient Unit. (l-r): Miller; Robin Hoeg RN, MS, Service Line Leader of Inpatient Services; Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, Director of Inpatient Services; and Nancy Enochs, Auxiliary Past President.

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s 2013 gift was used to purchase new furniture for patient rooms to enhance the healing environment at Winona Health. Through various fundraisers including the $5 Jewelry Sale, Fantasy of Trees, Holiday Happiness, The Big Fall Ball and others, the Auxiliary raised more than $41,000.

The new furniture was recently delivered and arranged in patient rooms.

“Sleeper chairs in patient rooms allow family members to spend time with their loved ones more comfortably,” said Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, director of Inpatient Services. “Having these specially designed chairs will allow someone to get a nap or a good night’s rest if they want to be here with their family member.”

Through the generosity of the Auxiliary and everyone who supported Auxiliary fundraising events, Winona Health was able to purchase: 5 sleeper couches for the Family Birth Center; 6 sleeper chairs and 56 visitor chairs for the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric Unit; 9 visitor chairs for the Intensive Care Unit; and updates to both the Family Birth Center family lounge and the Medical/Surgical/Pediatric family lounge.

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

 

 

Scholarships for graduating high school seniors announced

Through the generosity of anonymous donors, Winona Health is able to offer 12, $1,000 scholarships to qualified high school graduates who will be seeking a career in a healthcare-related field.

“This unique scholarship program was established to provide graduating high school seniors with financial assistance to pursue a health-related career,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement. “The fortunate recipients were chosen by a scholarship committee based on a review of their pursuit of a healthcare career, history of academic excellence and a dedication to community service.”

Midthun also noted that the scholarship recipients must be enrolled in a program of study that prepares them for a career in healthcare at an accredited academic institution. The recipients will be eligible to have their scholarship renewed up to three additional years if specific criteria are met.

The recipients are from five area high schools and will be pursuing a variety of healthcare careers at regional colleges and universities.

Ross Ruehmann, a Cochrane-Fountain City graduate, will attend Luther College, Decorah Iowa, to pursue a doctorate in the healthcare field.

Evan Skroch, a Cochrane-Fountain City graduate, will attend the University of Minnesota-Rochester, Rochester, MN, to pursue a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Chelsea Clark, a Cochrane-Fountain City graduate will attend the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Jennifer Hadaway, a Cotter graduate, will attend Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, to pursue a degree in Pediatrician/Physician Assistant.

Nicole Haedtke, a Hope Lutheran graduate, will attend Winona State University, Winona, Minn., to pursue a degree in Nursing.

Austin O’Hare, a Rushford-Peterson graduate, will attend St. Mary’s University, Winona, Minn., to pursue a degree in Biology/Physician Assistant.

Mariah Olson, a Rushford-Peterson graduate, will attend Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn., pursuing a degree in Nursing.

Autumn Beckman, a Winona Senior High graduate, will attend University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, to pursue a degree in Biology/Pre-Med.

Bailei Hughes a Winona Senior High graduate, will attend the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wis., to pursue a degree in Biology/Physician Assistant.

Susan Miller a Winona Senior High graduate, will attend the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Wis., to pursue a degree in Pre-Med.

Vincent Pham a Winona Senior High graduate, will attend Winona State University, Winona, Minn., to pursue a degree in Nursing.

Audrey Scharmer a Winona Senior High graduate, will attend Concordia – University of Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis., to pursue a degree in Bio/Pre-Med.

 

 

 

Holiday Hours Memorial Day 2014

Winona Health will observe the following holiday hours the weekend of May 24-26:

Saturday, May 24:

• Urgent Care, 420 E. Sarnia, open regular hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 25:

• Urgent Care, 420 E. Sarnia, open regular hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday, May 26:

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

• Other Winona Health clinics and pharmacies closed

During open hours, Urgent Care wait time is available online here.

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona is always open 24 hours a day.

 

 

 

 

HealingScapes Photo Competition

Details and entry forms are available here.

Winona Health is now accepting photo submissions for HealingScapes™ 2014. This is the third year the organization is conducting this regional photo competition to enhance the healing environment for patients and families.

Photos must represent the greater Winona region and can include any scenes or landscapes highlighting the natural beauty of the area. Wildlife, structures, etc. also may be included.

The HealingScapes competition is open to photographers of all ages. Photos taken within the past five years can be entered. Entries will be judged on technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Winning entries will be judged by the popular vote of the community, photographers, Winona Health staff and by a panel of professional judges. Winning entries will be enlarged, printed on canvas and placed in specially selected areas of Winona Health along with the photographer’s name and information about where the photo was taken.

All entries will be acknowledged during a special event for photographers Thursday, August 21, at Winona Health where the winning photographs will unveiled. Canvas prints of the winning photos will be available for purchase, with proceeds going towards projects to enhance the Behavioral Health Department at Winona Health.

There is no entry fee for the HealingScapes competition, and the entry requirements are simple. Photo entries will be accepted through Monday, June 23, 2014. Details and entry forms are available here.

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Free Health Talk: Sleep Apnea

Winona Health is offering a free Health Talk: The Health Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Thursday, June 5. There will be presentations from noon to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Community members are invited to attend either presentation.

RSVP is required by Tuesday, June 3. Call 507.457.4161 or register here.

The programs will be at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. Light refreshments will be provided and RSVP is required by Tuesday, June 3.

Allen Boone, RPSGT, RST, CCRC at SleepMed, Inc., will provide information about how a poor night’s sleep can impact your health. Attendees will learn about the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, how to find out whether you have it and options for treating it. If you have obstructive sleep apnea, treatment could change your life. Carol Powell, MD, psychiatrist and sleep specialist also will be on hand to answer questions as time permits.

There is no charge for this Health Talk, but space is limited and RSVP is required by Tuesday, June 3. Call 507.457.4161 or register here.

 

 

Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients announced

The 2014-2015 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship committee has awarded $20,600 in scholarships to 13 students, all of whom have been accepted into an accredited healthcare program.

Six hundred of the dollars awarded were funds from the Mary Murphy Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of Mary Kelley Murphy, a Winona Health Auxiliary volunteer and past Auxiliary President who was active in the community.

Carol Hill Scholarship funds are raised through Auxiliary events including the Birthday Ball, $5 Jewelry Sale, Mother’s Day Springtime Tea, Fantasy of Trees, Basket Raffle and Holiday Happiness, along with sales from the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop. Since the Auxiliary awarded its first nursing scholarship in 1962, more than $560,000 has been awarded to area students as they study to become caregivers.

The Winona Health Auxiliary is pleased to help these students as they begin their education in healthcare or as they work toward completing their healthcare program.

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship recipients:

Angela Bambenek, Winona State University, Minn.

Nicole Beyer, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.

Audrey Brown, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, Winona, Minn.

Katherine Edstrom, Des Moines Univeristy, Iowa

Halle Haedtke, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Krista Hoeg, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.

Megan Lehnertz, Winona State University, Minn.

Lisa McCabe-Evans, Winona State University, Rochester, Minn. 

Kelsi Ann Mueller, Rochester Community and Technical College, Minn.

Jennifer Ready, Western Technical College, La Crosse, Wis.

Anna Suhr, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis.

Cameron Weess, Midwestern Univeristy, Downers Grove, Ill.

Kelli Wheeler, Winona State University, Minn.

The scholarship committee members are: Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, Winona Health director of Inpatient Services; Madonna Daley, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical Nursing Department; Nancy Enochs, Winona Health Auxiliary past president; Jessica Muras, RN, Winona Health Lake Winona Manor; Sheryl Miller, Winona Health Auxiliary president; Maureen Gerson, Winona State University Nursing Department; and Marie Fidler, Winona Health Foundation/Volunteer Services.

Anyone wishing more information about the Winona Health Auxiliary or becoming a volunteer can contact Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.

 

 

 

Healthy Kids Club Step into Summer, June 1

Winona Health’s Healthy Kids Club invites kids ages 5 to 11 and their families to register for Step into Summer, a non-competitive walk with some fun along the way. The free family event will be Sunday, June 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.

RSVP by Thursday, May 29. RSVP online here or call 507.457.4161.

The walk begins promptly at 1 p.m. at the bike path near Lake Winona Manor on the Winona Health campus and continues along the path to the Jaycee Pavilion. Walkers then return to the Winona Health campus (total distance is nearly 2 miles).

Children ages 5 to 11 who have registered by May 29 will receive a water bottle to take home. All participants who complete the walk can participate in the Winona Health obstacle course and enjoy other activities after the walk. Healthy snacks will be provided.

Activities will be provided by:

• US Fish and Wildlife Service

• Winona Family Y

• Winona Park & Rec

• The Winona Fire Department

• Winona Area Ambulance Service and Bike Team

• MedLink AIR helicopter (schedule permitting)

Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome, but please leave your bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and pets at home. Please listen to Winona Radio for event cancellation in case of threatening weather.

There is no charge, but for planning purposes, RSVP by Thursday, May 29. RSVP online here or call 507.457.4161.

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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.

 

Please join us for the Performance Excellence Award Celebration!

Winona Health invites area community members to an open house to celebrate receiving the Minnesota Performance Excellence Award. The award is based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. It is the highest state quality award an organization can attain, and Winona Health is one of only two Minnesota organizations to receive the award this year.

Winona Health Minnesota Performance Excellence Award Celebration!

Tuesday, May 13, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Winona Health, Clinic First Floor, 859 Mankato Ave., Winona, Minn.

Enjoy light appetizers beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be a program at 6 p.m. including remarks from Performance Excellence Network President, Brian Lassiter; Winona Mayor, Mark Peterson; Former Winona Health Board Chair, Gary Evans; and Winona Health President/CEO, Rachelle Schultz.

The celebration is free and open to the community.

Learn more about the Minnesota Performance Excellence Award here. Those who have questions about the event may call 507.454.3650.

 

 

 

Dee Cipov named 2013 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipient

Hugh Miller with Dee Cipov. Cipov received the Winona Health Foundation 2013 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a banquet held in her honor on April 29.

Hugh Miller with Dee Cipov. Cipov received the Winona Health Foundation 2013 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a banquet held in her honor on April 29.

Dee Cipov received the 2013 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute Award at a dinner held in her honor on Tuesday, April 29. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to the person, persons or group whose generosity has led to the betterment of the Winona area.

Cipov was nominated by Kathy Benke, Fran Edstrom and Cherie Harkenreider, who wrote that Cipov not only volunteered her time, but also put her considerable talents to work initiating new volunteer and fundraising efforts.

According to her nomination, Cipov has generously given of her time and talents to benefit not only Winona Health but also the Winona community. Cipov volunteers through a number of non-profit organizations including: Colors of Cancer Fitness Festival, the Winona Health Auxiliary, the Winona History Center, Trinona, the Frozen River Film Festival, the YMCA, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Habitat for Humanity, the Mid West Music Fest and Theatre du Mississippi.

Cipov is known for her great attitude, her dedication to her community and her exceptional hard work. She is a positive and motivated leader whose contributions have benefitted many organizations and made a significant positive impact on Winona. 

Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company generously gave $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in Cipov’s honor.

This is the 26th consecutive year that the Miller Family has sponsored the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund. In 2013, 694 people received $701,002 in financial assistance from the Ben and Adith Miller Patient Care fund.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation or for information about how you can help people in our community through the Patient Care Fund, call Betsy Midthun, 507.457.4116, vice president of Community Engagement, or visit winonahealth.org/foundation.