Archives for January 2015

Scholarships available

Healthcare scholarships available through Winona Health

Three scholarships are offered to the Winona community through the Winona Health Foundation and through the Winona Health Auxiliary.

Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis McClenathan scholarship

The Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis McClenathan scholarship is a $1,000 award available to an individual who is in the final one or two semesters in completing his or her two- or four-year nursing degree. The scholarship recipient must be from within a 60-mile radius of Winona or attend a post-secondary school within the designated area, or be a current Winona Health employee. Priority will be given to individuals committed to providing care at Winona Health. 

Phyllis McClenathan was a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center who passed away after a long battle with cancer. In 2006, her husband, Dean, and their children established a nursing scholarship in her name through the Winona Health Foundation. 

Applications for the Phyllis McClenathan Scholarship are due March 15, 2015. An application form and eligibility information is available online at

Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship

The Winona Health Auxiliary Carol Hill Scholarship is named for a retired director of Winona Health Volunteer Services in honor of her long-standing service to the Winona Health Auxiliary.

Scholarship awards are contingent on acceptance into an accredited healthcare educational program for fall 2015. Applicants also must be a permanent resident of the Winona Health service area or be working and/or volunteering at Winona Health. Individual scholarship awards will be made in amounts of $500 or more, and up to a total of $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship funds are raised through Auxiliary fundraising events.

Applications for the Carol Hill Scholarship are due March 15, 2015. An application form and eligibility information is available online at

Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program
Through the generosity of anonymous contributors, the Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program was established to provide graduating high school seniors with financial assistance to pursue a health-related career.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Winona Health Scholarship Program Committee based on the student’s demonstration of the program standards which include:

  • a strong motivation to pursue a healthcare career
  • academic excellence
  • a dedication to community service
  • a demonstrated need of financial support for their college education

Additionally, the scholarship is contingent upon acceptance to an accredited institution in a program of study for a career in healthcare.

The deadline for application submission for the Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program is April 1, 2015. An application form and eligibility information is available online. Click here.

Please note that applications for all scholarships that are received after the due date, or not fully completed, will be ineligible. Call 507.474.3328 for more information.


Join us for Benevolence & Blues!

Winona Health Foundation dinner to celebrate ‘Benevolence & Blues’

The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to the annual ‘Benevolence & Blues,’ Friday, January 30 at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Road 17 in Winona.

“This will be a special evening celebrating generosity, blues music and delicious barbeque,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement. “We will recognize individuals and an organization to highlight just a few examples of how generosity makes a difference in our community.”

Honorees include:

  • Fireworks galore: Steven C. Johnson
  • Fantasy of Trees founders: Gayla Clemons, Betty Datta & Sandy Pope
  • 100 years of service: Arnold Fenske, MD, & Lois Gernes, LPN
  • Care above and beyond: Kasey Buchheit, NA, & Katrina Hammel, MD
  • Grateful patients: Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund
  • Get up and dance: KairosAlive!

The community event plays on a ‘blues’ theme. “You may have the winter blues and just need a fun night out,” said Midthun. “We are encouraging attendees to wear their favorite blues—whether it’s dress blues, blue scrubs, blue jeans or blue suede shoes.”

The dinner menu includes: southern slaw; house-made corn muffins with whipped honey butter; BBQ ribs; southern fried chicken; green beans, bacon and onions; sweet potato fingerlings; cheddar cheese grits; and sweet southern biscuit strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. Many menu items are gluten free.

Entertainment includes music by Costello & Hipps and singing by Angie Johannes, director of Winona Health Surgical Services.

Tickets are $35 per person. The evening begins with a hors d’oeuvres, blues music and a cash bar. Dinner, more entertainment and stories of generosity round out the evening. Reservations will be accepted through Friday, January 23. RSVP by sending a check payable to the Winona Health Foundation, and mail to: Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987. Please include the names of those attending. If questions, call 507.474.3328.




Call for nominations: Community Service Tribute

The Winona Health Foundation is seeking nominations for the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute is awarded to an outstanding person, persons or community organization who has made a significant difference and positive impact on the Winona region and/or Winona Health. Candidates will be evaluated on their generosity of time, spirit, energy and/or charitable donations. Nomination forms are available online at and will be accepted through Friday, February 6.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute was established by the late community philanthropist, Benjamin A. Miller, in the name of his wife, Adith. In addition to a special recognition dinner at Cedar Valley Restaurant, the family of Ben and Adith Miller and RTP Company honors the recipient with a $25,000 contribution to the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund to assist area individuals and families.

Dee Cipov received the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute in 2014. Cipov was recognized for her great attitude, her dedication to her community and her exceptional hard work. 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.

Written nominations are being accepted now through February 6. Click here to nominate someone. If questions, call 507.457.4394 or contact


Previous Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients:

2013 Dee Cipov

2012 Irene Renk

2011 Marlene Kohner

2010 Jenny Kahl

2009 Justin Green

2008 Nancy Iglesias

2007 Dennis Theede and Home and Community Options

2006 Karen and O.J. Fawcett

2005 Donna Helble

2004 Kent Gernander

2003 Marilyn and Keith Schwab, Kim and Pete Schwab

2002 L. “Max” DeBolt

2001 Rose Anderson and Diane Barge

2000 Carol and Dan Barr

1999 Joette and Michael Gostomski

1998 Roger Metz

1997 Nancy and Mark Kristensen

1996 Dave Arnold and Dan Rukavina

1995 Pete Woodworth

1994 Dr. Frank and Ruth Bures

1993 Sue Cornwell

1992 Bob Kierlin

1991 Tom Graham

1990 Gary Evans

1989 Pauline Knight

1988 Tom and Judith Stark, Dr. Roger and Helen Hartwich, John and Helen David




Toni Highum joins board of directors

Toni HighumToni Highum joined the Winona Health board of directors in January 2015.

“I chose to serve on the Winona Health board of directors as a way of giving back to my community,” said Highum. “I come from a family who believes in giving back, and I’m excited to have an opportunity to participate on a community board that is committed to helping people.”

Highum is the senior system analyst with The J.R. Watkins Co. in Winona, Minn. She has been with the company for more than 21 years. A long-time Rushford resident, Highum is the daughter-in-law of long-time Winona Health board member Herb Highum, who retired from the board in December. Highum and her husband, Ken, live in Rushford and have two grown sons.

In addition to Highum, Winona Health board members are: Ken Mogren, chair; Roderick S. Baker; Scott Biesanz; Steve Blue; Scott Birdsall, MD; Matthew Broghammer, DO; Vicki Decker; Gary Evans; Richard Ferris, MD; Pastor Rick Iglesias; Jim Killian; Hugh Miller; Daniel Parker, MD; Rachelle Schultz, president/CEO; Kim Schwab; and Mark Wagner.

The Winona Health board is composed of community members elected to serve on the board on a volunteer basis. The board is responsible for establishing Winona Health’s strategic direction; quality and safety; financial oversight; and setting organizational policy. Board members are committed to guiding Winona Health in its mission to improve the health and well-being of the greater Winona area community while remaining a strong and independent, not-for-profit community-owned healthcare system.






Assisted Living achieves 100% resident satisfaction

Home sweet home!
Residents give Winona Health assisted living 100-percent satisfaction rating.

Where you hang your hat has an impact on your happiness. A recent survey said that those who hang their hats at any one of Winona Health’s assisted living residences and are pretty pleased with the place they call home.

Residents of Winona Health’s assisted living residences (Senior Living at Watkins, Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors), rated their overall satisfaction at 100 percent excellent/good and 100 percent of residents would recommend the residence to others.

MyInnerView, an independent organization that conducts the survey, is part of National Research Corporation and has the largest database of assisted living and long-term care clients.

“Of course we are thrilled with the survey responses, but we still look for ways to improve,” said Cheryl Krage, director of Assisted Living. “We’re an organization committed to continuous improvement, so we look at every area and find new ways to make residents happy and help them stay healthy. For example, evidence shows that the arts enrich the lives of people of all ages, so we’re incorporating more of the arts, including music and dancing, into our activities. These activities have been well received by our residents and their families!”

According to Krage, Winona Health’s senior living residences focus on helping residents maintain and improve their health by providing delicious, nutritious meals, optional wellness programs, falls prevention workshops, and social and recreational opportunities.

For more information about assisted living options at Winona Health, including options for people who have memory issues, call 507.454.7400 or learn more online at


Free Healthcare Directives Program

Learn how to make your wishes known

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold an informational program about Healthcare Directives on Monday, January 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

This program will provide information about the need for and benefits of having a Healthcare Directive. 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. 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 working follow-up session will be held Monday, February 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health. This session is for individuals who have attended the Healthcare Directives Informational Session but have questions or would like assistance in completing their personal directive or to have a Healthcare Directives Facilitator review a completed directive.

These sessions are free of charge and open to the public. No advanced registration is required. All adults over the age of 18 are encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

Our trained Auxiliary volunteers are also available to give group presentations in the community about Health Care Directives. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.