Archives for April 2015

Community Care Network receives Community Benefit Award

Community Care Network coordinators Cassie Boddy, MSW, LGSW, and Paula Philipps, RN, accept the MHA Community Benefit Award for Winona Health's Community Care Network.

Community Care Network coordinators Cassie Boddy, MSW, LGSW, and Paula Philipps, RN, accept the MHA Community Benefit Award for Winona Health’s Community Care Network

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) recognized Winona Health’s Community Care Network with the 2015 Community Benefit Award. The award was presented at MHA’s annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 24.

“Of course we are thrilled to be recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association,” said Robin Hoeg, RN, MSHA, NHA, administrative leader for Inpatient and Senior Services at Winona Health. “But the real reward is realizing what a positive impact the Community Care Network has had on the lives of the people we serve. Knowing we’re making a difference in our community is what makes everything worthwhile.”

The Community Care Network is one of the ways Winona Health is looking at community healthcare differently. It’s a proactive approach that provides nonmedical and medical support, resources and education for people managing chronic illnesses such as COPD, diabetes, or mental health issues. The program helps people remain independent in their homes and avoid unnecessary hospitalization by providing the right kind of support.

The approach is working: hospital admissions and emergency department visits among the Community Care Network’s clients have declined by more than 85 percent since the program began in 2013.

In collaboration with Winona State University, the program trains college students as health coaches and participate in our care teams. Health coaches provide emotional support, help facilitate access to community resources and help clients identify actions they can take to improve their overall wellness.

“A coach can be a familiar face who helps a patient navigate his or her way to their best health,” explains Community Care Coordinator Paula Phillips, RN. “Health coaches encourage clients to talk about what works for them, what being healthy means to them, and to identify specific actions and resources that help clients to stay well, stay engaged—and stay out of the hospital.”

“Each day, all across the state, hospitals are working to strengthen the health of our communities,” said MHA president and CEO Lawrence Massa. “The women and men of these innovative, high-performing hospitals have set the bar high for patient care and for meeting the needs of their communities. Thanks to their innovation, diligence and commitment, Minnesota hospitals continue to be among the best in the nation.”

To learn more about Winona Health’s Community Care Network, call 507.494.5724.


Wait ’til you see these gift baskets! Auxiliary’s Spring Basket Raffle May 4 – 8

Friday, May 8 could be a lucky day. That’s when the drawing takes place for the Winona Health Auxiliary’s Spring Basket Raffle.

A variety of themed baskets for every interest and age group will be raffled. Baskets will be on display in the Winona Clinic Outpatient Registration hallway and raffle tickets can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, May 4 through 7. On Friday, May 8, raffle tickets can be purchased from 8 to 11:30 a.m., with the drawing beginning at noon. Winners need not be present at the drawing.

 Raffle tickets are $1 each, and each ticket serves as one chance to win the basket of your choice.

The raffle raises funds for Winona Health Auxiliary projects, including healthcare scholarships and the Auxiliary’s special focus for 2015, enhancing the patient rehabilitation rooms in Lake Winona Manor. The rooms will be updated to better embody a calm and restful atmosphere, with enhancements like new furniture, window treatments, updated bathrooms and new light fixtures. Kim Schwab, Winona Health Auxiliary president, says, “The rooms will have a warm, peaceful and comforting feeling…that will help patients heal and recover as they transition back to living independently again.”

For more information about the basket raffle or about the Winona Health Auxiliary, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.

Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship awarded

Dean McClenathan with Shawn Carlson, CNA, 2015 recipient of the Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Dean McClenathan with Shawn Carlson, CNA, 2015 recipient of the Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

The Winona Health Foundation Scholarship Committee selected Shawn Carlson, to receive the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship. 

Shawn attends Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and will graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing. He currently is a certified nursing assistant on the Winona Health Medical, Surgical and Pediatrics units as well as in the Family Birth Center, where he has cared for many patients and their families. At the end of this month he will transition into caring for patients in the Intensive Care Unit at Winona Health.

The Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship was established by Phyllis’s husband Dean and their children Mark and Denise, when Phyllis, who was a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center, passed away after a long fight with cancer. In establishing this scholarship, the McClenathan family wanted to honor Phyllis by encouraging and helping others in their efforts to become devoted, effective and compassionate caregivers.

The McClenathan family directed memorials to the scholarship fund and hopes that others will contribute so that the fund will grow and continue in perpetuity. Gifts to the Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship may be made to the Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn., 55987. 

Questions about the scholarship or about the Winona Health Foundation may be directed to 507.474.3328.




It’s Mother’s Day Tea Time!

Tickets now available for Winona Health Auxiliary Mother’s Day Springtime Tea

The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Tea will be Saturday, May 9. This year’s event will be at 11:30 a.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 259 West Wabasha Street, Winona, Minn. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 10 and under at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby at 855 Mankato Ave.

The Mother’s Day Springtime Tea, is an elegant event which has become a traditional Mother’s Day celebration. The Tea raises funds for Winona Health Auxiliary projects, including healthcare scholarships and enhancing the patient rehabilitation rooms in Lake Winona Manor.

The menu includes rose tea, punch and a variety of afternoon tea treats. A special children’s menu also is available. Bring that special lady, mother, daughter, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, niece, grandmother or friend. Men and boys are welcome, too. The little girls (and boys) will have an opportunity to model their tea-time outfit.

Flowers arranged in colorful teapots will be available for purchase. The potted tea pots are great Mother’s Day gifts!

Tickets go fast and the event is usually a sellout. If questions, please call 507.474.3328.

Improving access to mental health services

Winona Health in the news…

A Minnesota Hospital is Improving Access to Mental Health Services

For a patient managing an ongoing health care issue — whether its diabetes, heart disease or depression — taking time away from work or school to visit the doctor can be a burden, as can waiting for a routine change in medication because specialty care is unavailable during the weekend.

Unfortunately, this situation has become common for many patients, especially people dealing with mental health issues.

Add in an ongoing shortage of psychiatrists available to serve patients, and hospitals throughout the country are looking for innovative ways to provide specialty care when it’s needed.  read more…



Winona Health launches Spirit of Women

Winona Health launches Spirit of Women to improve health and wellbeing of women and their families

Winona Health is inviting women of all ages to be part of Spirit of Women, a new program to improve the health and wellbeing of women and their families.

“Women are often the caregivers of everyone else, so it’s important to provide a support system to help them take care of themselves,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health. “The Spirit program is another way we’re providing care for women that we think they’ll really enjoy.”

Spirit of Women encompasses health-related information with fun and educational programs and events to support and inspire women in their effort to lead healthy lives.

Winona Health invites women of all ages to sign up to be part of the Spirit of Women program. Becoming a Spirit of Women member is free and provides several benefits:

  • Advance notice of special, educational and social events and screening reminders
  • Spirit of Women monthly email
  • Winona Health monthly events email
  • A subscription to Spirit of Women Magazine
  • Invitations to special members-only events
  • Free or discounted admission to all Spirit of Women events and health screenings
  • Discounts and special offers
  • A welcome gift

To sign up for Winona Health’s Spirit of Women, call 507.457.4161 or click below.

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Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard named Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients

Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard  with Hugh Miller on right.

Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard, Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients, with Hugh Miller on right.

Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard received the 2014 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a dinner held in their honor on Tuesday, April 7. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to a person, persons or group whose generosity has led to the betterment of the Winona area.

The Shepards were nominated by community members who wish to remain anonymous, but who wrote about the countless hours of service the Shepards have given the Winona community. Their dedication reflects their appreciation for nature, the environment, history and education.

Judy’s involvement has benefitted Whitewater, Great River Bluffs, and Perrot State Parks, as well as Myrick Hixon EcoPark, the Minnesota Land Trust, Camp Winona, and Camp Olson YMCA. She has volunteered for many activities of the Winona County Historical Society and she has been a director for the Winona Community Foundation, Winona County Historical Society and the Winona Family YMCA.

Dr. Shepard has had an impact on countless community members through his work as an Internal Medicine physician at Winona Health. His contributions to education include eight years on the ISD 861 School Board and co-founding the Friends of Education, a group instrumental in passing an operating levy for the students of ISD 861. As a leader in the local Trout Unlimited chapter, he helped improve stream habitat in Pickwick Valley. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Winona Family YMCA and the Minnesota affiliate of the American Heart Association.

Dr. Shepard’s work at Winona Health extends beyond excellent patient care to potentially have an impact on national healthcare issues. “Dr. Shepard provides feedback to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to offer insight on physician workflow and patient care with the intent to help them make their mandates meaningful to patients and healthcare providers,” said Robin Hoeg, RN, MSHA, NHA, Winona Health administrator for Inpatient and Senior Services. “Dr. Shepard and Judy are very deserving of the Community Service Tribute.”

When they heard they were selected for the honor, Dr. Shepard said, “We feel so fortunate that when we were deciding where I should begin my medical career, we discovered Winona. We were looking for a place where we could get involved, be part of a community and raise a family, and Winona has been a wonderful choice.”

Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company generously gave $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in the Shepards’ honor. 

This is the 27th consecutive year that the Miller Family has sponsored the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund. In 2014, 612 people received $925,091 in financial assistance from the Ben and Adith Miller Patient Care fund. 

Those who would like to make a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in honor of the Shepards may direct their gift to the Winona Health Foundation by mail: 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987, or online: The Shepards have requested that any gifts be designated to the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

Questions about the Foundation may be directed to Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement, 507.457.4116, or learn more here.


Welcome Kathy J. Wade, chief human resources officer

Kathy J. Wade

Kathy J. Wade

Kathy J. Wade, SPHR, has joined Winona Health as chief human resources officer.

“I chose Winona Health because I’m excited about where the organization is headed,” said Wade. “I enjoy the healthcare environment, and I’m looking forward to helping Winona Health make a difference in the community.”

As Winona Health’s chief human resources officer Wade’s responsibilities include all aspects of human resources management, compliance and risk management, labor relations and administration, organizational development and benefit administration.

“The best part of my work is the people,” said Wade. “I enjoy working with people, getting to know them and watching them be successful—a big part of my role is to make a difference in the lives of our employees.”

Wade most recently served as Director of Human Resources, Volunteer Services and Spiritual Care at Maple Grove Hospital in Maple Grove, Minn. She has nearly 30 years of experience in Human Resources, including serving as vice president of Corporate Compliance, Human Resources and HIPAA Privacy at healthcare organizations in Indiana. In addition to her full-time Human Resources roles, Wade also taught at the College of Technology Leadership and Innovation at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Wade graduated from Bemidji State University and is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resource Management and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Wade’s hometown is Willmar, Minn., and she said she is excited to be back closer to friends and family. In addition to relatives in Wilmer and in the Onalaska/West Salem, Wis. area, she also has two grown children in the Minneapolis area and her first grandchild is expected in June.

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