Archives for July 2014

Free exhibition by pro golfer Jim Gallagher, Jr., at Miller Golf Classic

Jim Gallagher, Jr., will be at this year’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic at Cedar Valley Golf Course on Monday, August 11, with a free exhibition open to the public at 10 a.m. The event benefits local individuals and families through the Winona Health Foundation Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

Jim Gallagher, Jr., will be at the Ben & Adith Miller Classic,  Monday, August 11, with a free exhibition open to the public at 10 a.m.

The Winona Health Foundation is inviting the community to a free exhibition by golf pro Jim Gallagher, Jr., sponsored by Miller Ingenuity, during this year’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic. The public exhibition will be at 10 a.m., Monday, August 11, at Cedar Valley Golf Course on County Road 9.

Previously scheduled pro-golfers Mark and Tyler McCumber are now unable to participate due to unforeseen circumstances. The golf pro duo is being replaced by Jim Gallagher, Jr., a professional golfer and sportscaster.

Gallagher has been golfing since he was six years old under the direction of his father, a career club pro. After attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Gallagher turned pro in 1983 and joined the PGA Tour in 1984.

Gallagher has won five events on the PGA Tour. His first win came in 1990 at the Greater Milwaukee Open. In 1993, he won twice: the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic and The Tour Championship. He repeated his two-win performance in 1995 by winning the KMart Greater Greensboro Open and the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Gallagher’s best finishes in a major championship were a 3rd place finish at the 1991 PGA Championship, and a T-2 at the same tournament the following year. He was a member of the victorious 1993 Ryder Cup team and the 1994 Presidents Cup team.

Gallagher also is a golf analyst for USA Network. He comes from a golfing family: his father is recognized in the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame. Gallagher’s wife, Cissye, is a former LPGA Tour player and his sister Jackie and brother Jeff are both touring professionals. The Gallagher’s have four children, two of whom are also professional golfers. Mary plays on the college golf team at Mississippi State University and Kathleen is one of the highest ranked junior players in the US and was recently awarded a full scholarship to Louisiana State University to play golf.

The free golf exhibition begins at 10 a.m. after the youth tournament concludes.

The Ben & Adith Miller Classic is a Winona Health Foundation event benefiting the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund. The Patient Care Fund assists area families pay for medical care received at Winona Health.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, click here or call 507.457.4394.










Books are Fun fundraiser, Wednesday and Thursday, August 6 – 7

Winona Health Auxiliary will host a new book fair through Books Are Fun, Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona.

The sale features a wide variety of high quality new books and gifts that inform, enrich, entertain and inspire people of all ages. The Books Are Fun selection includes New York Times bestsellers; children’s storybooks, classics and educational books; stationery and gift items; and general interest books such as cooking, sports, gardening, reference and multicultural titles. This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on fun and educational gifts at reasonable prices.

All proceeds from the event will go towards Auxiliary projects to benefit patients and their families at Winona Health in addition to providing scholarships to students pursuing a career in healthcare.

For more information, please contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.


Hospice gathering helps families honor memories

One of the rocks decorated to celebrate a loved one at the Winona Health Hospice remembrance gathering.

One of the rocks decorated to celebrate a loved one at the Hospice remembrance gathering.

Winona Health Hospice recently hosted the summer remembrance gathering, “Rock of Our Foundation” at Farmers Park.

Event attendees celebrated memories and shared the “foundations” that loved ones built. Families decorated a rock to take home as a symbol of the “Rock of Our Foundation.” The gathering was made possible by those who have made generous donations to Winona Hospice Services through the Winona Health Foundation.

More than 30 family members and caregivers who have lost a loved one within the last 13 months attended the event to celebrate memories and reconnect with Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers.

To learn more about Winona Health Hospice, call 507.457.4468 or click here.

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Photo: One of the rocks decorated to celebrate a loved one at the Winona Health Hospice remembrance gathering.


Free Health Class: Matter of Balance

Winona Health is offering a free eight-week Health Class: Matter of Balance. The class meets Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. from September 10 through October 29.

The class is for community members who are concerned about falling, interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength, have fallen in the past or have restricted activities due to falling concerns. Participants will learn how to views falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.

The program will be at Winona Health Sarnia Square, 420 E Sarnia. There is no charge for this Health Class, but the class size is limited and RSVP is required by Friday, September 5. Call 507.453.3741 or online here.



Free Health Class: Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Winona Health is offering a free six-week Health Class: Living Well with Chronic Conditions. The class meets 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Thursdays from September 11 to October 16. The class will meet at Winona Health Sarnia Square, 420 E Sarnia.

The class is self-management workshop for individuals with any chronic condition including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic pain and other physical and mental health conditions. During the six-week program, participants will develop action plans to help with pain control, healthy eating, healthy activities and ways to communicate with family, friends and health care providers.

There is no charge for this Health Class, but participants have the option of purchasing the book for $20. Although the class is free, class size is limited and registration is required by Friday, September 5. To register call 507.453.3741 or register online.


Winona Elks Club gives to children at Winona Health

Winona Elks Club delivers stuffed animals to Winona Health

Winona Elks Club members deliver stuffed animals to Emergency Department at Winona Health

The Winona Elks Club donated colorful stuffed elks for Winona Health Emergency Department staff to give to their young patients.

Stuffed animals are a comfort and a distraction to children who may be hurt and afraid while receiving medical care. According to Dick Ledebuhr, Elks Club south district president/PER, and Jerry Wineski, Elks Club treasurer/PER, who delivered 120 of the stuffed animals, if a stuffed elk will make a child feel a little more comfortable, then the Elks Club members have achieved their goal.

For information about the Winona Health Foundation, click here, or call 507.457.4394.




Photo: Winona Elks Club members delivered stuffed elks for Emergency Department staff to give to young patients. Pictured (l to r): Britton Ercanbrack, DO, Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care; Karen Dworschack, housekeeping aide; Kim Pflughoeft, Emergency Department technician; Dick Ledebuhr, Elks south district president/PER; Laura Stussy, RN, Emergency Department; Marilou Dienger, RN, Emergency Department; Sheryl Klug, RN, Emergency Department; Jerry Wineski, Elks treasurer/PER; and Betsy Midthun, VP of Community Engagement at Winona Health.


Free program: Healthcare Directives

Mark your calendar: Learn how to make your wishes known 

The Winona Health Auxiliary offers a free Healthcare Directive program to help individuals document their wishes regarding healthcare services so their families will be informed if necessary. 

The next free program about Healthcare Directives will be Monday, July 21, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Winona Health Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow individuals to retain control over their care, even after losing the ability to speak on their own behalf. All individuals age 18 and older are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive. Trained and certified Winona Health Auxiliary volunteers will facilitate this program with participants using authorized forms. The session will cover both Minnesota and Wisconsin Healthcare Directives.

A follow-up session will be held at the same time in the same location, Monday, August 4. This is an opportunity for individuals who have attended the informational session to get assistance in completing their personal directive or to have a Healthcare Directives facilitator review a completed directive.

These sessions are free and open to the public. No advanced registration is required.

Auxiliary volunteers are also available to give group presentations in the community about making their wishes known through a Healthcare Directive. If you have questions about the program, please call 507.474.3328.


HealingScapes: Vote for your favorite photos

The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to vote on this year’s HealingScapes™ photo competition entries beginning Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 25.

Photos are on display at Winona Health in hallway connecting the hospital and clinic. Photos can be viewed and voted on Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. from July 7 through July 25.

Entries will be judged on technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit. Winning entries will be determined by the popular vote of the community, photographers, Winona Health staff and a panel of judges. Winning entries will be enlarged and made into canvas prints. The canvas prints will be placed in the Winona Health Women’s Health Center and will include information about the photographer and location of the photograph.


Winning photos will be unveiled at a special event for photographers, their guests and the community on Thursday, August 21 at Winona Health. Photos will be available for purchase thereafter in the Winona Health Glady D. Miller Gift Shop.

For more information about HealingScapes, call the Winona Health Community Engagement Department at 507.457.4394 or email




Winona Area Ambulance Service Bike Team rolling into area events

Josh Schmelzer, EMT-Basic (left), and Kyle Rogers, Paramedic and Winona Area Ambulance Bike Team Coordinator, are among the Winona Area Ambulance Service staff available to be on hand at area events.

Josh Schmelzer, EMT-Basic (left), and Kyle Rogers, Paramedic and Winona Area Ambulance Bike Team Coordinator, are among the Winona Area Ambulance Service staff available to be on hand at area events.

The Winona Area Ambulance Service (WAAS) team can now get closer to the action at community events and closer to the people who may need their help. That’s because the WAAS Bike Team recently rolled into the community.

WAAS decided to introduce a Bike Team for a couple of reasons.

“The primary reason is to provide faster response to emergency situations at events,” explained Kyle Rogers, a WAAS paramedic and the Bike Team coordinator. “If we’re closer to where things are happening, we can begin providing care even before an ambulance can get through the crowd.”

In addition, the WAAS staff believes having a Bike Team is an opportunity to increase communication with people in the communities they are here to serve. “This is a way for us to have a presence at more events, and it’s easier to interact because we’re out in the crowd, on the bike path or just in the neighborhood,” said Rogers.

“I’m very proud of Paramedic Rogers and everyone else who was involved in getting this program up and running. The bike team is a great way for EMS [Emergency Medical Services] to interact more closely with the public at special events and become better known to the community,” said John Gallagher, MD, Winona Health Emergency Department physician and medical director for WAAS. “EMS providers have a reputation for appearing at a moment’s notice when we are called, but we are rarely seen by most people. The public, especially children, benefit from seeing and meeting our EMTs and Paramedics when all is well, because if they ever have a problem and need help, the fear of the unknown is greatly reduced. So, if you see our bike team at an event, wave them down and say hi…they’d love to meet you.”

WAAS currently has two bikes. There was no increase in staffing because the Bike Team is made up of the current WAAS paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) already serving as first responders.

The Bike Team is available for community events such as run/walks, festivals and parades. Some events may also require ambulance presence, noted Rogers, but the Bike Team will be on hand and equipped with:

• an Automated External defibrillator (AED).

• select medical supplies.

• direct communication to ambulance team and dispatch center.

The Bike Team is available throughout the WAAS service area. There is no charge to have the Bike Team at your event. If you’re planning an event and would like to have Winona Area Ambulance Service Bike Team on hand, contact:

Kyle Rogers, WAAS Bike Team coordinator, Winona Area Ambulance Service: 507.452.5351.

Please call at least two weeks prior to your event. The availability of the Bike Team is contingent on other events.


About Winona Area Ambulance Service:

Winona Area Ambulance Service (WAAS), a non-profit organization, serves as the sole 911 advanced life support provider for the greater Winona Area. Covering nearly 100 square miles and serving a population of approximately 50,000. With a dedicated staff of more than 26 highly skilled paramedics and EMTs WAAS provides advanced emergency medical services, pre-hospital care and transportation.

For more information about Winona Area Ambulance Service, click here.