Archives for August 2015

Welcome Stephanie Frisch, PA-C

Stephanie Frisch, PA-C

Stephanie Frisch, PA-C

Stephanie Frisch, a certified physician assistant (PA-C), joined the Winona Health staff and cares

for people of all ages in the Urgent Care Clinic.

With an interest in healthcare that began during childhood, Frisch decided to become a physician assistant after having the opportunity to shadow one during high school. “I watched her help someone who was having a severe allergic reaction. It was fascinating, and I was hooked,” she said. She is looking forward to being part of the Urgent Care team and getting to know her fellow community members.

“I chose Winona Health after learning about the organization at a recruitment fair. I decided to visit, and I’ve found this to be a team-oriented, community-focused organization,” said Frisch. “I’m impressed with staff communication, and that carries over to patient care. Winona Health’s improvement processes are designed so staff closest to the work can affect change.”

Frisch earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. She is familiar with the area, as she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Frisch enjoys trail running and is looking forward to exploring the many beautiful places to run in the area. She also recently discovered that she enjoys refinishing furniture.

Winona Health Urgent Care hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Urgent Care wait times are updated online during clinic hours. For current wait times, visit


For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit and click Find a Provider. Winona Health is also on Facebook and Twitter.


Welcome Laura Chesher, CNP

Laura Chesher, CNP

Laura Chesher, CNP

Laura Chesher, CNP, joined the Winona Health staff and sees patients of all ages in in the Urgent Care clinic at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, Minn.

“I like interacting with people and the problem-solving aspect of being a nurse practitioner. The best part of my work is interacting with patients and figuring out how to help them start feeling better.”

Asked why she chose Winona Health, Chesher said, “It was important to me that Winona Health is an independent organization, because it’s easier for an organization to make decisions that benefit a particular community when it is community based. When I interviewed, I sensed a lot of pride in taking care of the community.”

Chesher is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Graceland University in Independence, Mo. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

In her free time, Chesher plays trumpet in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and enjoys cycling, cooking and spending time with her family. She and her husband have three children.

Winona Health Urgent Care hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Urgent Care wait times are updated online during clinic hours. For current wait times, visit

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit and click Find a Provider. Winona Health is also on Facebook and Twitter.

$5 Jewelry Sale!

Winona Health Auxiliary hosting $5 Jewelry Sale

The Winona Health Auxiliary will again be hosting the very popular Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday and Thursday, September 9 and 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the HOSPITAL LOBBY at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

Attention shoppers! Park in the hospital parking lot and enter the main entrance of the hospital where the sale will be located.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, leggings, scarves, watches and much more. Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related scholarships and enhancing the rehabilitation rooms in Winona Health’s Lake Winona Manor. For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.474.3328.


Free Health Talk: Headaches

Cindy Teske, PT

Cindy Teske, PT

Community members are invited to a free Health Talk, Headaches: Are they all in your head? Thursday, September 17 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the B. A. Miller Auditorium at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.


Many people suffer from headaches. If you’re one of them, you’ll want to attend this free program presented by Cindy Teske, a physical therapist at Winona Heath.

There are many types of headaches and a variety of symptoms and triggers. Teske will share information to help you fight off headaches and provide information about a variety of treatment options that could help prevent or decrease the frequency and/or severity of headaches.

This free Health Talk is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming and is open to men and women of all ages.

RSVP is requested by Tuesday, September 15. To RSVP for this Health Talk and to learn more about Spirit of Women at Winona Health click below or call 507.457.4161.



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Bereavement ceremony for parents who have miscarried or lost a baby

On Sunday, September 13, Winona Health Family Birth Center nurses invite area parents and families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss to a memorial ceremony from 3 until 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 1190 Sugar Loaf Road in Winona.

The memorial ceremony is organized by the Family Birth Center’s Little Ones Remembered committee. “Miscarriage, or losing an infant, is one of the most difficult things a parent can go through. We want to honor parents and families who have lost babies and give them a permanent physical place to visit and grieve,” said Amy Frauenkron, RN, one of the event organizers.

Refreshments will follow the ceremony. Parents and family members who have experienced the loss of a child, no matter how long ago, are welcome to attend.


Those who have questions may call 507.474.3042.

Four-year-old pays it forward

Generosity starts early: Four-year-old gives to other children at Winona Health

L to R: Winona Health Emergency Department nurses Marilou Dienger and Laura Cummings and technician Tina Wenzel with Adalyn, age 4.

Winona Health Emergency Department nurses Marilou Dienger and Laura Cummings and technician Tina Wenzel with Adalyn, age 4.

After a trip to Winona Health’s Emergency Department while away from home visiting her grandma, Adalyn, age four, was so delighted to receive a stuffed animal that she told her grandma she wanted to give stuffed animals to help other kids feel better.

“It’s so sweet to realize that someone so young is already thinking about paying it forward,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “Our community is fortunate to have so many generous people who are obviously instilling this value in their children and grandchildren.”

Emergency Department staff appreciate the donation of new stuffed animals as having a nice surprise for a child helps to distract them from the reason for their visit.

Gifts to Winona Health are accepted through the Winona Health Foundation. For information about the Foundation, visit or call 507.457.4394.



During extreme heat, come in to chill out

On extremely hot humid days throughout the summer when heat indexes rise to dangerous levels, Winona Health welcomes community members to come in to take a break from the heat. Winona Health is at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. 

Those seeking relief from the heat may come in and cool down in the clinic’s family and visitor waiting areas or the hospital cafeteria. Visitors are encouraged to bring a water bottle and fill up at one of the drinking fountains or in the cafe.

The clinic is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the day on weekends, people are welcome to come in the hospital entrance and cool off in the hospital lobby or cafe.

Healthcare providers at Winona Health also encourage community members to be aware of the potential for heat-related health issues such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke and to take precautions to prevent them.

“In general, infants and elderly people are at the greatest risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke because their body’s temperature regulation isn’t as efficient,” said Chris Schubert, MD, an Emergency Medicine physician at Winona Health. He also stressed that it’s very important to never leave children or pets in parked vehicles for any length of time because the temperature inside a vehicle or other small space can increase dramatically in a matter of minutes.

“Although it’s not always possible, the best way to prevent heat-related problems is to stay in an air conditioned environment, or use fans, and avoid being in the direct sun for any length of time,” noted Dr. Schubert. “People also should drink plenty of water and limit drinks containing caffeine or alcohol, which are diuretics and can lead to dehydration.” Wearing loose, light-colored clothing and a hat also provides some protection from the sun.

Dr. Schubert encourages people who have a regular exercise routine to avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day, generally 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and consider cutting back on their routine and waiting until it’s cooler to exercise—and be sure to carry plenty of water or a sports drink.

The Winona Health Emergency Department is always open, and the Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. until 5 pm.

Take precautions to protect yourself from the heat.

Signs and Symptoms of heat exhaustion:

  • severe thirst
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea, sometimes vomiting
  • fast, shallow breathing
  • irritability
  • headache
  • increased sweating
  • cool, clammy skin

Signs and symptoms of heatstroke:

  • severe, throbbing headache
  • weakness, dizziness, or confusion
  • difficulty breathing
  • decreased responsiveness or loss of consciousness
  • little or no sweating
  • flushed, hot, dry skin

Heatstroke requires immediate emergency medical attention. If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.

In cases of heat exhaustion, or while waiting for medical help for suspected heat stroke:

  • get the person out of the sun immediately
  • loosen or remove clothing and have the person lie down and elevate feet slightly
  • if alert, place the person in cool (not cold) bath water or give a cool sponge bath
  • give sips of cool, clear liquid (clear juices or sports drinks are best)
  • if the person is vomiting, turn on his or her side to prevent choking
  • monitor the person’s temperature


Free Smoking Cessation Program

Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, smoking cessation program facilitator

Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, smoking cessation program facilitator

Winona Health’s free smoking cessation program begins Thursday, August 27

This 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.

“This program is designed to help individuals become smoke free. When individuals quit smoking, they decrease their risk for heart attack, stroke and cancer,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator. “I think everyone who quits feels so much better. It’s worth the effort, and we’re here to help.”


Winona Health’s smoking cessation program will:

  • share tips and techniques for dealing with temptation
  • help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking
  • cover the variety of benefits to quitting—some of which are immediate (Think of the savings!)
  • provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms
  • 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.