Archives for October 2015

Enjoy the Fantasy of Trees: November 9 – 21.

Winona Health Auxiliary Fantasy of Trees

A few of the trees from last year’s event.

The Winona Health Auxiliary will hold its 15th annual Fantasy of Trees Monday, November 9 through Saturday, November 21. This is a perfect opportunity to bid on a decorated tree for your home or to give as a gift.

The Fantasy of Trees features beautifully decorated holiday trees displayed on the clinic first and second floor at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona. These trees, which range from 1 to 4 feet high, have been decorated with various themes and generously donated by Winona-area businesses and individuals. Trees are the ideal size to add a festive touch in any room of your home or apartment, children’s rooms, entryways, businesses and offices.

Those who haven’t been contacted about donating a tree and would like more information are encouraged to call Sue at 507.459.7659 or email

The trees will be on display:
Monday-Thursday, November 9-12; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, November 13; 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The trees will be open for bid and the famous See’s Candy will be sold:
Monday, November 16; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, November 17; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18; 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 19; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, November 20; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 21; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Holiday Décor for sale:
Wednesday, November 18; 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday – Friday, November 19 – 20; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 21; 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to the Fantasy of Trees Holiday Open House Wednesday, November 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served and lovely centerpieces, wreaths and other holiday décor created by volunteer designers will be sold.

Proceeds from the trees, centerpieces, wreaths and candy will go toward healthcare scholarships and enhancing Winona Health’s Transitional Care Unit located in Lake Winona Manor.

For more information, please call Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328, or click here.

Free workshops for people who have diabetes

Winona Health is offering free six-week workshops to help those who have diabetes. Everyone with Diabetes Counts is a six-week series covering a different diabetes-related topic each week. Workshops begin Thursday, October 29. There are two meeting times to choose from: 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m.

Workshop facilitators will use “living room” language and hands-on activities to help explain diabetes information. Attending all six classes is recommended to help participants get the full benefit of the workshop.

After the workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the human body and how it works; diabetes risk factors and complications; signals the body sends related to diabetes; managing medications; planning meals; and coping with diabetes.

The workshops will be at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 East Wabasha (7th) Street in Winona. Anyone who has diabetes and those involved in their care, including spouses and friends, are welcome to attend.

The workshops are funded by Medicare and are available to individuals at no cost for a limited time.

Registration is required and seating is limited.No workshop will be held the week of Thanksgiving. RSVP by calling 507.457.4161, or RSVP online here:

10 a.m. to noon workshops

1 to 3 p.m. workshops

Bring a friend to Holiday Happiness!

DSC_0352The Winona Health Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Happiness will be November 4 through 7 at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital’s third floor will be transformed into a festive holiday shop featuring gifts, decorations, clothing, gourmet foods and a variety of bakery treats from breakfast breads to desserts.

Holiday Happiness hours:
Wednesday, November 4: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. preview and opening
Thursday, November 5: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, November 6: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 7: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Proceeds from Holiday Happiness go toward healthcare scholarships and enhancing Winona Health’s Transitional Care Unit in Lake Winona Manor. The Transitional Care Unit is designed to help those who need additional recovery time and assistance after surgery or hospitalization.

Holiday Happiness is a festive way to begin preparing for the holidays while supporting local healthcare.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.

Family Medicine physician Rebecca Lossen, MD, moves to Urgent Care

Lossen_small_RGBRebecca Lossen, MD, a Winona Health Family Medicine physician, transferred to Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, Minn.

Asked why she chose to transfer to the Urgent Care Clinic, Dr. Lossen said, “It felt like it was time to cut back and spend more time with family—now including grandchildren!—and pursue hobbies I’ve put off for many years. As a primary care provider, I found it impossible to cut back my hours. It has been especially hard saying ‘good-bye’ to the many people who have trusted me with their health over the years. However, I am happy to find that I can now serve them, as well as many new patients, when they need the Urgent Care Clinic. And although I miss my Family Medicine colleagues, there is also a great team of healthcare providers in Urgent Care.”

Dr. Lossen has devoted her career to the Winona community. Before going to medical school, she was a registered nurse and served as the director of nursing at Winona Health for 10 years.

“My goal was to return to Winona after medical school. We give excellent care at Winona Health, and I am proud to be a part of this organization,” she said. “Winona Health is very invested in the community, and I appreciate that we’re independent from the bigger healthcare systems. I believe this independence allows us contribute to the community in very unique ways.”

Dr. Lossen said her decision to transition to Urgent Care allows her to continue caring the community while also allowing her more time to devote to other aspects of life. In her time away from work, she said she’ll enjoy being with Greg, her husband of 40 years, and other family members, working out, quilting, downhill skiing and spending time on the river.

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, click here.

Dark Side of the Full Moon: Documentary about post-partum depression

Winona State University Dept. of Nursing, Winona Health and Hiawatha Valley Mental Health will host a special screening of Dark Side of the Full Moon, a shocking documentary about motherhood, at SLC Auditorium (Room 120) on WSU Campus located at Winona St. and West 8th St. on Thurs., Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Having a baby is supposed to be the happiest time of your life. But what if it’s not? Each year, 1.3 million women in the U. S. struggle to find support and treatment for postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. Two women, Jennifer Silliman and Maureen Fura, both with firsthand knowledge of this challenge, came together to give a face and a voice to the countless women who suffer in silence. With the help of Dr. Shoshana Bennett, Executive Producer, they produced a documentary film, about the importance of effective screening and treatment.

One in seven women will experience a pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorder, and one in one thousand will suffer from postpartum psychosis. However, it is the one condition during pregnancy and postpartum that is most often under-diagnosed by care providers. “Nobody is asking any questions. Women are dying! Families are suffering! And there still isn’t a comprehensive policy to protect mothers,” says Fura, the film’s writer and director.

The 75 min. documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with those who have firsthand experience with the mental health of motherhood. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Those who have questions about the screening may call the WSU Dept. of Nursing at 507.457.5120.

Sewing Day: Wed., Oct. 14

Like to sew?
You’re invited to pillowcase sewing day, Wednesday, October 14

Sara Gabrick and Robin Trombetta with a sample of their pillowcases for surgery patients.

Sara Gabrick and Robin Trombetta with a sample of their pillowcases for surgery patients.

When facing surgery, smiles may not be the norm. But lovely, hand-crafted pillowcases are bringing smiles to patients at Winona Health.

The idea of providing patients with a colorful pillowcase was initiated by two neighborhood friends who share a love of quilting. Robin Trombetta and Sara Gabrick, who is also service line leader for Specialty Services at Winona Health, decided their extra material could be used to create unique pillowcases, each with coordinating colored trim and end panel.

Robin and Sara invite others to help them in this creative endeavor. Volunteers are needed to cut material, choose patterns and colors and sew the case. The first ‘sewing bee’ will be held in BA Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor, Wednesday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come for a couple of hours or all day.

“Our patients are delighted to choose their personal pillowcase that will follow them through surgery, to the inpatient unit and then home. It brings a smile to their face and softens the fear of procedure,” said Sara.

If you have questions about the sewing day, email or call Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.

Donations are also accepted to the ‘Sewing Fund’ through the Winona Health Foundation.

About mammography by Dr. Bill Krueger

3D Mammography: Helpful or not?
By radiologist Bill Krueger, Winona Health

William Krueger, DO

Radiologist Bill Krueger

Several weeks ago one of my physician colleagues asked me about the three-dimensional mammography equipment at Winona Health. She was asking the right person, because, as a diagnostic radiologist, I am the physician who evaluates mammograms.
I told her that it’s amazing technology, and we are lucky to have it right here in Winona. Here’s why.

Studies show that 3D mammography improves both sensitivity and specificity, which is to say that it improves the radiologist’s ability to detect abnormalities in the breast, while simultaneously improving the radiologist’s ability to differentiate between abnormalities that are worrisome and abnormalities which are not of concern.

3D mammography makes a real difference in patient care. We are finding breast cancers that are not seen or not easily seen on 2D mammography, and we are also finding that we do not need to call some patients back for additional views (that otherwise would have been called back), because of the added capability of the 3D technology.

When you get your mammogram at Winona Health, you gain the benefit of getting both the traditional 2D mammogram and the 3D mammography images. And the radiologist reviews both.
Despite its benefits, 3D mammography is only available at a fraction of facilities throughout the nation. Winona Health recognized the benefits of 3D mammography and installed this advanced technology in 2013, being the first in the region to offer women this high level of imaging. Those of us who perform and interpret your mammograms are finding that 3D mammography makes a real difference in patient care.

3D mammography is amazing technology. And it’s available for you right here in Winona. I hope you’ll chose Winona Health when it’s time to schedule your next mammogram.
Regular screening increases early detection — and peace of mind

Early detection and peace of mind

Winona Health radiologists, Justin Albanese, MD, and William Krueger, DO, encourage women to get screening mammograms as recommended by their primary healthcare provider and the American Cancer Society.

For the best chance of early breast cancer detection, women should:
• Begin doing self breast exams in their 20s.
• Get a breast exam by a healthcare provider every three years between ages 20 and 40.
• Have a mammogram every year beginning at age 40 (Recommended by the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology).
• Share their family history of breast cancer with their healthcare provider as certain risk factors may indicate a need for a screening mammogram at an earlier age.
• Schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider if they have a lump, pain or nipple discharge.

Be vigilant in protecting your health
Talk with your doctor about your risk and whether you should have additional tests or begin screening for breast cancer at an earlier age.

The vast majority of mammograms reassure women that everything is okay…
Most breast lumps are harmless, but they should be checked to be sure. “When a possible abnormality is detected, we call you back for further imaging…which may include additional mammogram views and/or an ultrasound,” said Dr. Krueger. “There could be a number of things that show up in a mammogram, and not all of them mean cancer—but it’s important to find out.”

To schedule a mammogram at Winona Health, call 507.457.4320. If cost is a concern, contact your primary care provider and ask about the SAGE program.

Flu shot clinic dates

Healthcare providers recommend that infants over six months, children and adults, including women who are pregnant, get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect you from the flu, it helps protect those you come in contact with.

Winona Health will offer flu shots on a walk-in basis during the following dates:

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, October 20 to Friday, October 23
Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30

Check in for a flu shot will be on the second floor of the clinic at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. Please note that some waiting may be required and shots are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Insurance will be filed, or individuals may pay $35 at time of check in. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Children age 8 and under who did not receive a flu vaccine during last year’s flu season may need a second vaccine 30 days after receiving the first vaccine dose. If you have questions regarding dosage, please contact your healthcare provider.

More information about influenza is available here.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a Primary Care provider at Winona Health, call 507.454.3650.

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New MRI Suite: Open House Wednesday, October 7

Community invited to a rare opportunity:
A behind-the-scenes look at newest, high-tech MRI suite

Winona Health is offering community members a behind-the-scenes look at its recently upgraded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Suite. The new Winona Health MRI provides a better experience for patients and the highest quality images for radiologists.

“This powerful equipment is right here in Winona,” said radiologist William Krueger. We may be a small community hospital but our Imaging Department has outstanding technology. Our team is very excited to show it to the community. Quality images improve our ability to differentiate between what’s of concern and what’s normal. It is a privilege to work at a healthcare facility with this level of technology as it is so critical to our diagnoses and treatment.”

Community members are invited to drop in at the open house any time between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7. Please use the main clinic entrance at 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn.

• Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the MRI suite
• Enjoy refreshments and see a demo of the new MRI technology
• Ask questions! Radiologists and Imaging staff will be on hand with answers

“The best of the best really is available locally,” said Claudine Van Meeteren, director of Imaging Services. “Our dedicated staff and spa-like experience are focused on providing excellent personal care. We’re excited to show people what’s available right here at Winona Health.”

Winona Health has had in-house MRI capabilities 2006, but with recently expanded specialty services now available, it was time to upgrade. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to diagnose possible issues including internal bleeding, tumors, injury, blood vessel diseases or infection and MRI exams provide more detailed information about problems seen on an X-ray, ultrasound scan, or CT scan.

More about Winona Health Imaging Services.

Meet our radiologists
Justin Albanese, MD
William Krueger, DO