Archives for September 2015

Fireworks! Tuesday, October 6

Residents enjoying last year's Lake Winona Manor fireworks.

Residents enjoying last year’s Lake Winona Manor fireworks.

Winona Health Lake Winona Manor lights up the sky Tuesday, October 6

Winona Health Lake Winona Manor is treating residents and their families to fireworks on Tuesday, October 6. Community members also are welcome. The fireworks display will begin at 7 p.m. and will last approximately 20 minutes.

For many skilled nursing care residents, it’s difficult to attend a fireworks show–so Winona Health’s Lake Winona Manor staff brings the fireworks to the residents.

“Our residents love this event.” said Jennifer Schultz, a Lake Winona Manor certified therapeutic recreation specialist. “We are grateful to those who have given to support the fireworks at Lake Winona Manor. Their generosity makes this event possible.”

The fireworks will be over Lake Winona in Lake Winona Manor’s north parking area. Parking is available in the Winona Health parking ramp, near Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors, the Winona Clinic lot and the Lake Winona Manor south lot. The east and west entrance to Parks Avenue will be blocked.

In the event of bad weather, the fireworks will be held the following evening. Those who have questions may call 507.494.5725.

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
Minnesota Caregiver of the Year

Saturday, October 24, Helen Bagshaw, CCRN, will offer free Hands Only CPR 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.

The workshops will be in Winona Health’s B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn.

“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,” says Bagshaw, a Winona Health ICU nurse. She also will share information about what to do when someone is choking and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Here are a few good reasons to sign up:
• 89% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
• ‘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.

Free, half-hour workshops are limited to 14 people per session:
8:30 – 9 a.m.
9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
10 – 10:30 a.m.
10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
11:30 – 12 p.m.

RSVP for a specific time is required by Thursday, October 22. RSVP by calling 507.457.4161 or online by clicking the desired workshop time above.

Welcome Wen-Yu Vicky Haines, MD, General Surgeon

Wen-Yu Vicky Haines, MD

Wen-Yu Vicky Haines, MD

General surgeon Wen-Yu Vicky Haines, MD, joined the Winona Health General Surgery Department, which includes general surgeons Matthew Broghammer, DO; Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS, and physician assistant, Karen Perkins, PA-C.

“I chose Winona Health because I’ve always wanted to work in a rural community. We have a great shortage of general surgeons in rural areas nationwide,” said Dr. Haines. “When I interviewed here, I was impressed with the leadership team and their vision for the future. I’m also excited to be joining a strong surgical team with outstanding patient satisfaction scores.”

Dr. Haines earned her medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In her free time, Dr. Haines enjoys reading, cooking and the arts including theater. She and her husband also enjoy spending time outdoors. “I enjoy hiking and am looking forward to exploring this area.” She is also interested in international medicine.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Haines or another general surgeon at Winona Health, call 507.457.7770 or, to learn more about General Surgery at Winona Health, click here.

Conservative Management Clinic: New service to help with pain medication management

senior man relaxing at the parkHealthcare providers at Winona Health are developing a Conservative Management Clinic to further personalize care and to improve safety. The new service, currently in a trial phase, helps people who are on prescription pain medication better manage their pain and their medication needs.

“Pain medication management can be complicated. This new approach allows us to put more focus on each person’s needs,” said E. Allen Beguin, MD, medical chief for Primary Care Services at Winona Health. “In addition to improving safety, in some cases, we can help people improve their quality of life by helping them become less dependent on medications that may have negative side effects.”

Dr. Beguin notes a nation-wide problem with prescription medications including accidental overdose or getting into the wrong hands. In 2010, more than 16,000 U.S. deaths were attributed to controlled substance overdoses.

“Many pain medications can be dangerous when taken for extended periods or in high doses,” says Dr. Beguin. “And while they may control pain, some medications have a detrimental effect on other aspects of life—such as cognitive and physical functioning. We’ll evaluate the source of their pain and then help people find the safest, most effective way to lessen the pain.”

Access to this service is currently limited during the developmental phase. Those interested in a referral to the Conservative Management Clinic are asked to discuss it at their next appointment with their primary care provider.

For answers to frequently asked questions, click below.


Birthday Ball proceeds to benefit those who need Transitional Care

Example of an updated room in the Transitional Care Unit.

Example of an updated room in the Transitional Care Unit.

After cancer surgery a year ago, Mary Brenno had planned to return home. She was sure she could take care of herself. However, when she was transferred from ICU to a regular hospital room, she realized how much work it would be changing bandages, and also realized how weak she was.

With encouragement from her family, she decided to go to Winona Health’s Transitional Care Unit (TCU). She stayed there two and a half weeks before she was ready to go home.

She was on a strict diet — no raw foods — which had to be followed to the letter, and the Winona Health staff were always there on time with her menu choices. After a bit, though, she had a real yen for sweet corn and a salad. The dietitian told her to give it a try, and she felt comfortable in doing so, because there would be people there to help her if it turned out to be the wrong decision.

At first she needed help walking, and as she began to strengthen, she didn’t need as much care, but the staff was always there just in case.

She was glad to be in the TCU, where she could get help, and felt safe. But after a couple of weeks, she said, she could see that the rooms badly needed refurbishing. “I think I must have had one of the original rooms,” she said.

Mary was grateful for the TCU and admits she really wasn’t ready to go home. She says everyone was courteous and helpful, and she would do it again, but those rooms need to be a lot cheerier!

Molly Jensen, who is director of nursing at Winona Health’s Lake Winona Manor, wants to improve the atmosphere in one of the fastest-growing areas of the hospital complex. The TCU needs more than cosmetic paint, she says, it needs a whole facelift!

That’s why the Winona Health Auxiliary has earmarked funds raised from this year’s Birthday Ball for the TCU.

The TCU, the Bluffview area of Lake Winona Manor, is where patients stay while receiving inpatient rehabilitation services. Many of the TCU patients are recovering from orthopedic surgeries such as knee or hip replacements, some patients are there to regain their strength after surgery, and others may have fallen and are there to improve their chances of not falling again. All of the patients need temporary care.

The goal of the TCU is to return patients to their prior living arrangements. They do this through intensive programs of various therapies — physical, occupational, or speech, for example. One of the first things a patient encounters upon entering the TCU is a plan to be discharged — a concrete goal.

To be admitted to the TCU, patients must have referrals from their doctors, and many come through Winona Health, Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse, and Mayo Clinic Health Systems in La Crosse and Rochester. A TCU in Winona, close to home, is a boon to rehabbing patients, as it is important for family and friends to be able to easily visit them.

A typical stay in the TCU is 23 days, and the days are filled with activity. Patients attend daily rehab therapy sessions, are transported for follow-up doctor appointments, trips outside if they are able, meals, appointments at the beauty shop which is close to the TCU, visitors, and updating plans for discharge.

There is a dining room in the unit, but Jensen says that about half of the patients prefer to stay in their rooms for meals. That is just another reason that she would like to see the rooms renovated. Patients like to spend time in their rooms, and Jensen thinks they should be attractive and inviting.

All the rooms are singles now, as research shows that when patients are in single rooms they are more likely to find their stays more soothing, which contributes to a healing atmosphere.

Right now, says Jensen, the rooms still have the tell-tale institutional signs of their 1960s origins. The rooms were built as double rooms, so electric outlets and other health care connections are still visible on the walls. Jensen would like to update the rooms to be more home-like by adding new sinks, less institutional lighting, beds, and side tables.

She points to four rooms in the unit that were renovated for Hospice patients as a good model for what she would like to see in the rest of the TCU rooms. She is looking forward to the funds raised by the Auxiliary to begin work on the unit.

“We already do a great job of rehabilitation,” says Jensen, “but patients spend a lot of time in their rooms, and we want to give them something nice to look at!”

Invitations to the Winona Health Auxiliary Birthday Ball have been sent to recent patrons and others who have requested an invitation. RSVP by September 25. For more information or to RSVP for the Ball, click here or  call 507.474.3328.


Do you have your mask for the Ball?

Birthday Ball guests encouraged to get masks for the Black & White Ball

MasksIt’s time to get your mask for the Winona Health Auxiliary Birthday Ball, Black and White: A Masquerade. The theme of this, the 53rd Birthday Ball fundraiser dinner dance for Winona Health, recalls the famous Truman Capote gala of 1966. That Black and White Ball was also a masquerade, and Capote invited the crème de la crème of society — Hollywood, the media, the art world, and important rulers.

The organizers of the Birthday Ball are inviting everyone in the community to the ball, and are encouraging guests to dress in black and white, and to wear a mask in the spirit of the evening.

Masquerades have a long history in most societies. It is thought that West African tribes used masks in spiritual and ceremonial festivals. From there, the use of masks spread to Italy, especially to Venice, where they are documented to have been used as early as the 13th century. Masks are still associated with the celebration of Mardi Gras carnival, the time of partying before the season of Lent in the Roman Catholic religion. Masquerade balls moved from there to France, and then to England, and were often held to honor royalty, or a special event.

Also from West Africa, the use of masks and masquerades spread to the Caribbean and to America, where Mardi Gras is still celebrated, famously in New Orleans, and Brazil.

The fun and mystery of masks over the centuries will land in Winona on October 17 at Visions Event Center. Masks will be for sale at the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop in the Winona Health hospital lobby and at various places downtown: La Boutique, Hearts Desire, Baby Bean, and at Bridal Boutique on West Broadway. Masks will also be available at pre-ball parties and on the night of the Ball.

Funds raised by the Birthday Ball will be used to renovate the Transitional Care Unit at Winona Health’s Lake Winona Manor, where patients can stay temporarily while recovering and rehabilitating from surgery or hospitalization before returning to their previous living arrangement.

For more information or to RSVP for the Birthday Ball, The Black & White Ball: A Masquerade, click here , or call 507.474.3328.


Free Depression Screening Day

Winona Health is offering free walk-in depression screening on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, October 8, from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 3 p.m.

Screening will be on the second floor of the Parkview office Building, 825 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn. The Parkview Office Building is adjacent to the hospital.

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.

People who have any of the following symptoms of depression are encouraged to come in for screening:

•    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.

Residents say “Thanks!”

Lake Winona Manor residents say “Thanks!” by celebrating Steve Blue Day

Lake Winona Manor residents and staff rolled out the blue carpet to welcome Steve Blue and his mom, Helen, to Steve Blue Day. Residents were celebrating Blue to thank him for raising money to purchase the new bus, which will take them on many adventures.

Lake Winona Manor residents and staff rolled out the blue carpet to welcome Steve Blue and his mom, Helen, to Steve Blue Day.

For Delores, it’s the trips to the casino. “Oh, yes!” She sparkles. “But I’m very careful. I just take so much along and then that’s it! I’ve lived here [Lake Winona Manor] for two years and I’ve loved it since the first day. There is always something to look forward to.”

For Betty, it’s getting a ride to the boat. “Getting out on the pontoon is so beautiful. The scenery, seeing the eagles…I love the water. Being out there brings back such good memories of fishing with my dad.”

For Clifford, it’s the ability to get out and keep moving. “It’s just nice to go places. I was in the military, so I’ve been moving around my whole life. I’ve also been in all sorts of vehicles. This new bus is a smooth ride.”

The bus Clifford is referring to is the new Lake Winona Manor bus. For Delores, Betty, Clifford and their fellow Lake Winona Manor and Senior Living at Watkins residents, the new Lake Winona Manor bus means fun, freedom and adventure. And they have local businessman Steve Blue to thank for making the new bus a reality.

Blue, CEO of Miller Ingenuity, learned a new skill and put it to good use. Blue raised $43,000 during Dancing with Winona Stars and other fundraising efforts leading up to the August 15 dance competition. Blue took first place in total dollars raised among the dozen or so dancers.

To thank Blue for the beautiful new Winona Health blue and white bus, residents invited him to Steve Blue Day at Lake Winona Manor. The Thursday, September 17 event began with residents riding the new bus to pick up Blue and bringing him back to Lake Winona Manor where they rolled out the blue carpet and donned blue party hats and beads.

Residents watched a video of Blue’s dance, and then he addressed the residents, several of whom recognized him from his days visiting his late father at Lake Winona Manor. Blue’s mother was with him for the event, and he began by saying, “I’d like to recognize my mother, Helen Blue. Obviously she didn’t spend any money on dance lessons for me when I was a kid.” Blue went on to say that the money raised for their new bus is an indication of the many people who care about Lake Winona Manor residents.

If there is one thing that surprised Blue about this experience, it’s that the response was so generous. “I expected to raise a lot of money,” he said. “I thought we’d raise maybe $30,000. But $43,000? Wow. And as they say, ‘generosity is its own reward.’”

Jennifer Schultz, who leads Lake Winona Manor’s therapeutic recreation team, said, “We can’t say enough how much we appreciate Steve’s effort in making this happen. Our residents so enjoy the many outings we plan throughout the year. The new bus will continue to make these adventures possible.”

For information about senior living options at Winona Health, click here.


Save the date for Sparkle!

Winona Health invites women of all ages to Sparkle, Wednesday, October 21 at Visions Event Center at Signatures in Winona.

Women are encouraged to gather their girlfriends for an evening filled with fun while learning about health and wellness. Experts will be on hand to answer questions while attendees enjoy delicious refreshments and connecting with friends.

The event is open from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the presentation, Enhancing Your Sparkling Selfie from 5:30 until 6:30.

Featured speakers include:

Before and/or after the presentation, women can visit fun, informative booths and enjoy hors d’oeuvres–and sparkly cupcakes.

“Women are often the caregivers of everyone else,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health. “This is an opportunity for women to put themselves first by enjoying an evening out with friends and focusing on their own health and wellbeing.”

The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP by Thursday, October 15.

RSVP Here!

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Podiatrists add early Friday appointments

Winona Health’s Podiatry Department  added early morning appointments on Fridays.

Podiatry hours are now:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with podiatrists Michael Donnenwerth, DPM; William Hanson, DPM; or Thomas Nachtigal, DPM, call Orthopedic & Podiatry Services at 507.474.3338.

Learn more about Podiatry Services here.