Archives for December 2014

Visitor limitations due to flu

Winona Health implements temporary visitor limitations due to influenza

Winona Health has implemented temporary visitor limitations to allow only visits from immediate family in the hospital, Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors and Senior Living at Watkins until further notice.

Family members who are coughing or showing other respiratory symptoms also are asked not to visit their relatives in the hospital or nursing home.

Patients and family members coming to clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are asked to wear a mask. Masks are available at all Winona Health locations.

In addition, Winona Health encourages individuals to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

More information about the flu is available here, and if you have additional questions, contact your primary healthcare provider.

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia. 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

Healthy New Year: Free Smoking Cessation Program

Improving your health is a gift to your friends and family. Winona Health’s next smoking cessation program is FREE and it begins Thursday, January 8.

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.

“When individuals quit smoking, they decrease their risk for heart attack, stroke and cancer,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator. “We know that it’s not easy, but there is no doubt that it’s worth it! We’re here to help.”

Winona Health’s smoking cessation program will:

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

This four-session program is free. RSVP is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program will be welcome as space permits. For more information or to sign up in advance, call Lynn Sprain at 507.474.3324.

 

 

 

Welcome Hans J. Serleth, MD!

New medical services available in Winona:
Plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon, Hans J. Serleth, MD, joins Winona Health

Serleth_small_RGBPlastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon, Hans J. Serleth, MD, (pronounced Ser-LETH) has joined the Winona Health medical staff, bringing a new area of specialty care to the region.

“Dr. Serleth is an experienced, highly skilled plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon whose expertise also includes general surgery,” said Sara Gabrick, administrator of Surgical and Specialty Care Services at Winona Health. “He brings a whole new scope of services to our area and he’ll also be able to increase access to general surgery procedures needed in Winona.”

Gabrick also noted that because of Dr. Serleth’s expertise, Winona Health’s cancer program, which is accredited by the national Commission on Cancer, now also includes breast reconstruction surgery.

Dr. Serleth is familiar with Winona because he attended Winona Senior High School when he was a sophomore, and he still has connections to the area. He said, “My best friend lives here, and I come every year to trout fish with him. He asked me if I ever thought of moving here. I decided to check out Winona Health, and liked what I found.”

Dr. Serleth said he chose Winona Health because, “I like that Winona Health is a community-owned, fiercely independent system that hasn’t been swallowed by the corporations. I like that decisions can be made on a smaller scale and on the level where they’ll be implemented—that’s better for patients and the community.”

Dr. Serleth has been a surgeon for more than 15 years. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, and completed his Internship and residency in General Surgery at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisc. Following that, he completed a one-year fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery in England with the Royal College of Surgeons. He then practiced for approximately 10 years before returning to the University of Minnesota for a three-year fellowship in Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Serleth and his wife have four school-aged children. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports such as rock and ice climbing.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Serleth, call the Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Department at 507.457.7659.

Welcome Autumn Leigh Cole, CNP!

Cole_small_RGBAutumn Leigh Cole, CNP (certified nurse practitioner), has joined the Winona Health staff as a hospitalist nurse practitioner.

Hospitalist staff focus solely on caring for patients while they are hospitalized. They work closely with each patient’s primary physician along with care coordination teams including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and other specialty care staff.

Cole said she chose Winona Health because, “it is such a forward-moving organization—I wanted to be a part of that. I’ve been at other organizations and there is a much different feeling here. From the moment you walk in, there is an energy and people seem happy to be here.” 

Cole is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Winona State University in Winona, Minn. Cole’s experience includes a decade of healthcare experience including caring for pediatric patients in an Intensive Care setting, and providing hospital and palliative care to patients of all ages.

Winona Health hospitalists provide around-the-clock hospital care. In addition to Cole, Winona Health’s hospitalist team includes, Katrina Hammel, MD; Jake Thomas, MD; Joseph Kaiya, MD, Laura Dubis, PA-C; Amy Macal, CNP; Heidi Thompson-Stangler, CNP; and Debra Tidquist, CNP.  

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here or call 507.454.3650.

 

Welcome Joseph Kaiya, MD!

Joseph Kaiya, MD

Joseph Kaiya, MD

Board certified Internal Medicine physician, Joseph Kaiya, MD, has joined the Winona Health medical staff. Dr. Kaiya is a hospitalist.

Hospitalists are physicians who focus solely on caring for patients while they are hospitalized. They work closely with each patient’s primary physician along with care coordination teams including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and other specialty care staff.

Dr. Kaiya chose Winona Health because, “I went to school in Minnesota, and I have family here. I’m interested in being part of a community, and I was surprised that a city this size could have a healthcare organization like this. Working environment is important to me, and I like the sense of camaraderie at Winona Health.”

After earning his Medical Degree at The University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences in Nairobi, Kenya, he completed his Internal Medicine residency at Highland hospital, Alameda Health System in Oakland, Ca. He’s also done Master’s work in Public Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and is hoping to graduate next summer.

Dr. Kaiya recently moved back to Rochester where his family resides. He is familiar with Winona and is excited to be back in this area.

Winona Health hospitalists provide around-the-clock hospital care. In addition to Dr. Kaiya, the hospitalist team includes, Katrina Hammel, MD; Jake Thomas, MD; Laura Dubis, PA-C; Amy Macal, CNP; Heidi Thompson-Stangler, CNP; Autumn Cole, CNP; and Debra Tidquist, CNP.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here or call 507.454.3650.