Archives for September 2014

Welcome Charlotte Clark, MD

Charlotte Clark, MD

Charlotte Clark, MD

Charlotte Clark, MD, joined the Winona Health medical staff and serves as a Hospice physician.

“I chose Winona Health for this unique opportunity to focus on the important work of hospice.” said Dr. Clark. “It’s rewarding to be able to get to know people in their own environment and to learn what really matters to them. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those who love them.”

Dr. Clark noted that many people think that hospice care is only for people when they are in their last few DAYS of life. “In reality,” said Dr. Clark. “We can do the most good when we have many MONTHS to work with patients and their families, supporting, teaching about what to expect and how to care for a person who wants to stay at home.”

Hospice provides an array of services to increase comfort such as home nurse visits, music therapy, physical therapy, nondenominational chaplain visits, assistance from social workers, home health aides, and volunteer visitors, all covered under Medicare if a person is eligible.

Prior to joining Winona Health, Dr. Clark served as an independent contractor for a life insurance paramedic services company. Her medical experience also include caring for patients as a Family Practice physician and serving as the medical director of a nursing home. She received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and completed her residency at University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics in Columbia, Missouri.

Winona Health Hospice Services cares for people in their homes within a 25-mile radius of Winona in Minnesota and Wisconsin. For information about hospice, call 507.4457.4468.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, including a directory with photos available for download, visit and click Find a Provider.




Erin Hanson, CNP, Urgent Care

Hanson_small_CMYKErin Hanson recently earned certification as a family nurse practitioner (CNP) and will transfer from the Intensive Care Unit at Winona Health to Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona.

Hanson’s professional experience includes caring for cardiothoracic surgery and transplant patients at University of Madison Hospital and Clinics, followed by seven years caring for patients in Winona Health’s Intensive Care Unit.

“Before joining Winona Health, I worked in a large tertiary hospital. When my husband and I moved back to this area from Madison, I also checked out Rochester and La Crosse,” said Hanson. “I chose Winona Health because of the interpersonal relationships and how that benefits patients. It’s a very supportive community and there are good resources available for people in this area.”

In addition to certification as a nurse practitioner, Hanson also has a doctorate of nursing practice from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and a bachelor of science in nursing from Winona State University. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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.

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Free Depression Screening, Thurs., Oct. 9

Winona Health is offering free walk-in depression screening on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Screening will be on the second floor of the Winona Health clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn.

One out of every five adults may experience depression at some point in their lives. Depression is treatable and help is available at Winona Health.

Common symptoms of depression may include any of the following:

• A persistent feeling of sadness

• Loss of pleasure in usually enjoyable activities

• A feeling of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness

• Changes in sleep patterns and appetite

• Loss of energy

• Restlessness

• Thoughts of death or suicide

No appointment is necessary for this free screening. The screening process will take approximately 30 minutes. Those who have questions about depression screening can call Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services at 507.454.2606.


Embracing the Cause: Birthday Ball set for October 11

The Winona Health Auxiliary is making changes to its annual fall gala. The Birthday Ball 2014 event, “Embracing the Cause,” is set for Saturday, October 11 at Visions Event Center. Instead of being a formal affair, participants are invited to come wearing what they wish—from casual to classy.

“This year’s event is called, ‘Embracing the Cause,’ to more closely reflect the event’s purpose,” said Bernadette Thicke, publicity chairperson for this Winona Health Auxiliary Event. “It will be a fun, festive event, but it also will be meaningful because the focus is really on how this event impacts our community. Our goal is to make it a welcoming event that appeals to adults of all ages.”

This year’s “cause” is enhancing the healing environment in the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit at Winona Health to benefit those in need of care related to mental health conditions and their families. Co-chairs of this year’s event are Bonnie Kelly and Julianne Schwemer.

Attendees will enjoy a delicious dinner and an evening dancing to the music of the Jimmies, named the “2012 Best Swing/Big Band Ensemble” by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and “2013 Artist of the year” by the Madison Area Music Awards. In addition, a brief program will give attendees unique insight into how their support of this event benefits their fellow community members.

The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Tickets are $75 per person. To order tickets, call Nicole Zastrow, Embracing the Cause RSVP chairperson, at 507.396.3165.

 For more information, click here.

Family Medicine moving to a new home!

Rebecca Lossen, MD; William Davis, MD; Wayne Kelly, MD; and Thomas Retzinger, MD; will begin seeing patients in the second floor of the Winona Health clinic on Monday, October 6.

Rebecca Lossen, MD; William Davis, MD; Wayne Kelly, MD; and Thomas Retzinger, MD; will begin seeing patients in the second floor of the Winona Health clinic on Monday, October 6.

Winona Health Family Medicine, currently located on the second floor of the Parkview Office Building at 825 Mankato in Winona, is moving to a new home. Beginning Monday, October 6, The Family Medicine physicians and staff will see patients on the second floor of the Winona Health clinic at 859 Mankato Avenue.

Family Medicine physicians, Wayne Kelly, MD, Thomas Retzinger, MD, Rebecca Lossen, MD, and William Davis, MD, along with their nurses and office staff, will move to the new site, so patients will see the same friendly, familiar faces in a new location.

We are very excited about the improved access to outpatient services that this change provides, including lab and x-ray services, Winona Health Pharmacy and Winona Health Specialty Clinics,” said Family Medicine physician Rebecca Lossen, MD. “In addition, there are beautiful views of the bluff from the waiting area and convenient parking—including valet parking.”

Also beginning in early October, all Primary Care departments in the Winona Clinic (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics) will expand provider appointment hours to Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., with valet parking available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

“The expanded provider appointment hours give patients more options for scheduling appointments that fit their work and school schedules, while giving our healthcare providers the opportunity to have more flexible schedules as well,” said Marti Bollman, administrative leader for Winona Health Primary Care Clinics. “Our goals include being available when patients need us and to using our staff and space resources wisely. This move, along with our expanded appointment hours, will help us meet those goals.”

To schedule an appointment with your Family Medicine provider, patients may continue to call 507.454.5050, or call 507.457.7648.

For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, including a complete directory of healthcare providers, click here.


Photo: Winona Health Family Medicine is moving! Rebecca Lossen, MD; William Davis, MD; Wayne Kelly, MD; and Thomas Retzinger, MD; will begin seeing patients in the second floor of the Winona Health clinic on Monday, October 6.


What you should know about Enterovirus D68.

Hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes the most effective prevention.

Cases of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed primarily in the Midwest and as close as Iowa and Illinois. Recently a case has been suspected but, at this time, not confirmed elsewhere in Minnesota.

Healthcare providers at Winona Health would like to provide community members with information about the virus and encourage frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes with tissue or coughing and sneezing into the elbow to help limit the spread of germs.

“Parents may be concerned about Enterovirus D68, a strain of the common cold virus that seems to be more severe than the common cold,” said Brett Whyte, MD, medical chief for Emergency and Urgent Care Services at Winona Health. “Because it is a virus and not a bacteria, antibiotics are not helpful in treating Enterovirus D68.

Children seem to be affected more commonly than adults. Children with health issues such as asthma, immunosuppression, or congenital problems may be impacted more severely than others. The vast majority of children who contract Enterovirus D68 recover uneventfully and do not require hospitalization.

The most common symptoms of Enterovirus are similar to a cold virus, and most people who contract the virus can be treated at home with lots of extra rest and plenty of fluids. However, if there is rapid breathing or labored breathing or wheezing, it is best seek a medical evaluation.

There is no vaccine or antiviral medication to prevent or treat Enterovirus. Treatment may include supportive care such as supplemental oxygen or albuterol to open air passages.

Dr. Whyte also noted that there is no significant benefit to the patient for testing for the virus. Testing would add significant cost to the patient, and it wouldn’t change how the virus is treated or managed.

If parents or caregivers believe their child should be seen by a healthcare provider, they should call their primary care provider’s office or visit the Urgent Care clinic. In the case of a medical emergency, call 911.


Free Hands Only CPR Workshops

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN Winona Health Intensive Care Unit Minnesota Caregiver of the Year

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN
Winona Health Intensive Care Unit and
Minnesota Caregiver of the Year.

If you saw someone experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? If not, don’t you wish you did?

Saturday, October 11, Winona Health is offering free workshops to teach you, your friends and family how to help someone having sudden cardiac arrest. The workshops will be informative and fun. All ages 12 and older are welcome. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

“People may be surprised to learn that saving someone’s life doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hands only CPR is easy to learn, and you never know when you may have the opportunity to save a life,” said Helen Bagshaw, RN, a Winona Health ICU nurse who will lead the workshop. Bagshaw also will provide information about choking emergencies and use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

Bagshaw notes that the Hands Only CPR training is easy; just two steps:
1. Call 911
2. Push hard and fast in center of chest to the beat of the 1970’s disco-era song, ‘Staying Alive’

Sign up for one of these half-hour workshops (limited to 12 people per session):

• 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Sign up here.

• 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Sing up here.

• 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Sign up here.

• 11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Sign up here.

• 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Sign up here.

• 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Sign up here.

• 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Sign up here.

• 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Sign up here.

• 3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Sign up here.

Bagshaw, who is the Minnesota Hospital Association 2014 Caregiver of the Year, has taught more than 850 people Hands Only CPR, and she hopes to increase that number to 1,000 by the end of the year.

Here are a few good reasons to learn hands only CPR:
• 89% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
• 400,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital setting each year in the USA.
• 89% of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die because they don’t receive immediate CPR.
• 70% of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know CPR.
• ‘Hands Only CPR’ can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
• Each year, sudden cardiac arrest causes more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

The free workshops will be held at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, in the B.A. Miller Auditorium. Space is limited. RSVP for a specific time by Thursday, October 9. Sign up by calling 507.457.4161 or RSVP using one of the links above.

Winona Area Diabetes Expo: It’s a Family Affair

Informative. Fun. Free!

The Winona Area Diabetes Expo: It’s a Family Affair, is a free event hosted by Winona Health Diabetes and Nutrition Education staff and area Lions Clubs to help individuals with diabetes, or at risk for developing diabetes, live longer, healthier lives.

The event will be Saturday, October 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the clinic at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn. Attendees are welcome to stay for any or all of the free programs and activities.

Programs and activities include:

• Ask the Experts: Healthcare providers answer your questions

• Coping with Diabetes Through all Stages of Life

• Recipe Renovation: You can make your favorite dish healthier – Click here to submit a recipe and it may be selected to be featured at Recipe Rehab.  Presented by Winona Health Nutrition Educators.

“We encourage anyone who has diabetes, is trying to prevent diabetes or who lives with someone affected by diabetes to join us for this event,” said Sue Haug, a licensed dietitian and certified diabetes educator with Winona Health. “Our goal is to provide the resources people need to take control of their health.”

Risk factors for diabetes include:

• Abnormal glucose laboratory results

• Diabetes in pregnancy or giving birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds

• 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

In addition, attendees can visit exhibits, get lifestyle tips and ask experts questions about diabetes-related products and services. There also will be a healthy cooking demonstration and samples, and free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings.

The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, contact Sue Haug, RD, LD, CDE, at 507.457.4521 or email



HealingScapes winners announced. Thank you, photographers!

Women's Health HealingScapesHealingScapes™: Winona Health photo competition award winners announced. Canvas prints now available for purchase in the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop at Winona Health

Winning photos were unveiled and the photographers were recognized at the Winona Health Foundation’s HealingScapes community reception on August 27. View all winning photos.

HealingScapes began three years ago when artwork was needed to enhance the newly-converted, all-private patient rooms in the hospital. The competition then became an annual event designed to enhance the healing environment at Winona Health and provide a venue for area photo enthusiasts to share their talent and benefit local healthcare. This year’s winning photos will be displayed in Winona Health Women’s Health Center on the third floor of the clinic.

“We were thrilled with the caliber of photos again this year,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “There is a lot of talent in our community and, of course, there are many beautiful places to take photos. It’s always fun to see the entries, and patients and visitors enjoy the photo display during the voting process. We again wish to thank the photographers for generously sharing their talent.”

Entries were judged on technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit and winners were determined by the popular vote of the community, photographers, Winona Health staff and a panel of judges.

This year’s winning photographers and photos:

  • Scott Albright, “Beauty in the Eye of the Cardinal” – Overall Vote
  • Lisa Kramer, “Surreal” Employee Choice
  • Lana Boynton, “Sunset on Farm Fest” – Photographers’ Choice
  • Andrew Link, “Morning Fog” – Community Choice
  • Annette Calteaux, “Morning Dew” – Judges’ Selection
  • Cheryl Nash, “Beauty in Winona Health’s Backyard” – Employee Choice
  • Joshua Dulak, “Colors of Spring” – Overall Vote
  • Colleen Schueler, “Blizzard in May” – Community Choice
  • Joshua Dulak, “Steel Rails at Sundown” – Photographers’ Choice
  • Colleen Schueler, “Misty Morning” – Judges’ Selection
  • Lisa Gale, “Lake Winona” – Employee Choice
  • Kay Shaw, “Hummingbird at Honeysuckle” – Overall Vote
  • Kay Shaw, “Mississippi Sunset Near Homer” – Overall Vote
  • Judd Stanislawski, “Gilmore Valley Falls” – Community Choice
  • Judd Stanislawski, “This Old Dam” – Photographers’ Choice
  • Ben Steinquist, “Leafy Trio” – Judges’ Selection

The winning photos can be viewed online at Canvas prints of the winning photos are now available for purchase in the Winona Health Glady D. Miller Gift Shop. Proceeds from photo sales will go toward enhancing the healing environment in Winona Health’s Behavioral Health Inpatient Unit.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation or the HealingScapes community photo competition, call the Winona Health Community Engagement Department at 507.457.4394.


Photo: Winning photos from the 2014 HealingScapes community photo competition will enhance the healing environment of the Winona Health Women’s Health Center on the third floor of the clinic. Here, several members of the Women’s Health Center team show off six of the winning entries. Staff members back: Katie Tamke, Patient Access Representative; Jeri Virock, LPN; Megan Lehnertz, RN; Tara Suffrins, CNP; Amanda Johnson, LPN; Melissa Richards, MD; Grace Rasmussen, RN; Front: Nikki Lance, LPN; Trisha Bellock, RN-Nurse Supervisor; Laurie Liab, Patient Care Assistant; Sarah Jackson, Patient Access Representative.