Archives for August 2014

Winona Health Kairos Alive! Kick-off week community events

Award-winning arts program transforms lives. Learn more during the Kairos Alive! kick-off week.

Kairos Alive! is an Award-winning, intergenerational community program that integrates the arts to improve overall wellness. Winona Health invites all organizations, businesses, families and community members to join in any or all of the community events during the Kairos Alive! kick-off week, beginning Monday, September 22.

Several Winona Health staff will go through training to learn how to incorporate the Kairos Alive! principles into everyday life for our residents and to be able to share the program in our community. In addition, Winona Health is offering three free events open to all community members, businesses and organizations.

Kick-off event: Monday, September 22, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Winona Health, B.A. Miller Auditorium, hospital third floor
855 Mankato Ave. Winona, Minn.
Presented by Kairos Alive! founder and director, Maria Genne’.
Come and learn about Kairos Alive!’s approach to improving wellness through community engagement and the use of intergenerational arts and movement, and Winona Health’s work to bring this award winning program to our community. If you have an interest in wellness, healthcare, or the arts this program is for you. Community members, organizations, interested parties of all ages are welcome.

• Celebrating the Arts and Wellness: Tuesday, September 23, Time and location to be announced. Bring your artistic flair and learn about how the arts can impact the health of communities and individuals. Kairos Alive!, an award-winning dance and theater company, will share how we can use the arts to promote individual and community wellness and how artists can use their skills in partnership with healthcare to serve our community. This event is perfect for artists, art groups, art lovers, and theater/dance/art educators and students.

Dance Hall with music provided by Winona State Jazz Combo
Thursday, September 25, 6:30 – 8 p.m. The Great Hall, Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha St., Winona, Minn. Come and celebrate our community collaboration with Kairos Alive! led by Winona Health. This is when our community can come together to enjoy live music and each other’s company. Participate as much or as little as you like as we use movement to help each of us and our community be well. Whether you used to like to dance, still like to dance, or just wish to observe and enjoy the music, you’ll be glad you came. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. This program is for everyone and anyone who wants to listen to music and socialize.

“Initially, the concept of integrating the arts into wellness may seem a bit difficult to grasp,” said Emilie Volkman, MSW, MA, LISW, CAPSW, a master social worker with Winona Health. “After attending any of the Kairos Alive! programs and learning more about how the program is carried out on an ongoing basis, we think community members will be as excited about the program’s long-term potential as we are. Almost everyone has someone in his or her life whose quality of life will improve through the evidence-based principles introduced in the Kairos Alive! program.”

To learn more about Kairos Alive! events,call Emilie Volkman at Winona Health, 507.453.3770.

To learn how this program impacts lives, watch this video.


Holiday Hours

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at Sarnia Square, 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, will be open Labor Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other Winona Health clinic locations will be closed on Labor Day.

To check current Urgent Care wait times, click here.

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





Free Health Talk: All About Concussions

trombetta_webWinona Health invites community members to a free Health Talk: All About Concussions, Wednesday, August 27, from 6 – 7 p.m. The program will be at Winona Health in the B. A. Miller Auditorium on the third floor of the hospital, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

RSVP by calling 507.457.4161 or RSVP online here.

The program is designed to provide information for parents of student athletes and anyone who is interested in learning more about concussion diagnosis and proper treatment.

Presenters include:

• Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS, Winona Health general surgeon, hockey player and father of hockey players. Dr. Trometta is involved in Winona Health’s concussion management program, which involves baseline testing for all student athletes.

• Gabrielle Rabenhorst, Winona Health athletic trainer

• Carol Meyer-Boldon, Winona Health speech and language pathologist

There is no charge for this Health Talk, but RSVP is required by Monday, August 25. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by calling 507.457.4161 or RSVP online here.




Auxiliary $5 Jewelry Sale fundraiser coming soon!

The Winona Health Auxiliary will again host the very popular Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday and Thursday, September 3 and 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Ave.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of quality jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, watches and scarves —and everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. The sale will provide a great opportunity to purchase gifts for your friends and family.

All proceeds will go toward scholarships for healthcare education and to enhance the healing environment in Winona Health’s Behavioral Health Department. For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.





Free Smoking Cessation Program

Decrease your risk for heart attack, stroke and cancer—and save a lot of money.

Winona Health’s next smoking cessation program begins Thursday, August 28. This free program includes four sessions meeting Thursday evenings 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue.

“There is never an easy time to quit smoking. But when people realize how much better they feel after quitting, they wish they had done it sooner,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator. “This program is an opportunity to take control of your health.”

Winona Health’s smoking cessation program will:

  • help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking
  • cover a variety of benefits to quitting
  • provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms
  • share many tips and techniques for becoming and remaining smoke free
  • provide a supportive atmosphere for you to ask questions and get helpful information

The program is free. Advance registration is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program are welcome as space permits. For more information or to sign up, call Lynn Sprain at 507.474.3324.


Winona Health again makes Most Wired list

 Most Wired hospitals connect providers and patients

Winona Health has again been recognized as a “Most Wired Small and Rural” hospital by Hospital and Health Networks. This is the eleventh year Winona Health has received this award.

As the nation’s health care system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are using information technology to better connect care providers and patients, according to the 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.

“The administration and staff of Winona Health devoted many hours to the implementation and development of electronic record systems aimed at improving the care of our patients,” said William Davis, MD, a Winona Health Family Practice physician and chief medical information officer. “The success of this effort is reflected in Winona Health’s recognition with the Most Wired award since 2002. It is the result of hard work and dedication.”

“The Most Wired data show that shared health information allows clinicians and patients to have the information they need to promote health and make the most informed decisions about treatments,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals, their clinicians and their communities are doing tremendous work to enhance their IT systems in ways that support care and delivery improvement, and patient engagement goals.”

The 2014 Most Wired Survey covered the evolution of new healthcare models and payment from the IT perspective. As health care delivery moves to a value-based system, it will require more and better use of data analytics, care coordination and population health management.

Most Wired hospitals, those that meet a set of rigorous criteria, have made tremendous gains by using IT to improve quality and service and reduce the likelihood of medical errors. For instance, among Most Wired hospitals:

• 81 percent of medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via bar code technology at the bedside.

• 86 percent provide quality scores to clinical leaders on a regular basis as part of their performance improvement initiatives.

• 69 percent of Most Wired hospitals use tools for retrospective analysis of clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving the quality of care and reducing the cost of care delivered.

• 40 percent provide mobile applications for secure messaging with patients.

Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.




Welcome Bethany Corliss da Rocha, MD

Corliss da Rocha_small_CMYKBethany Corliss da Rocha, MD, joined the Winona Health medical staff and will provide care for patients of all ages in the Emergency Department.

“I chose Winona Health because I was friends with Dr. Gallagher and Dr. Koo [Winona Health Emergency Medicine Physicians] during residency training. After they joined Winona Health, they liked it so much they asked me to come,” said Dr. da Rocha. “When I visited Winona last year, I fell in love with the town and the hospital.”

Dr. da Rocha received her medical degree at The Ohio State University School of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. She completed her residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Penn. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass.

Dr. Corliss da Rocha is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She and her husband have a two-year-old son. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her family and dogs, skiing, knitting/crocheting, and watching baseball and football.

For information about healthcare providers and services at Winona Health, visit or call 507.454.3650.



Chronic Pain Support Group

Tonight’s (Tuesday, August 5) Chronic Pain Support Group has been cancelled due to illness.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience.



Free Health Class: Matter of Balance

Winona Health is offering a free eight-week Health Class: Matter of Balance. The class will meet 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 view 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 class size is limited and RSVP is required by Friday, September 5. Call 507.453.3741 or online by clicking here.