Archives for December 2015

Catherine Compton, CNP, transfers to Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery department

Compton rgbCatherine Compton, a certified nurse practitioner (CNP), who has been caring for patients at Winona Health’s Urgent Care clinic since 2012, has transferred to Winona Health’s Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery department and works with plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon, Hans Serleth, MD.

Compton chose Winona Health back in 2012 because, “This is a great community, and I like Winona Health because everyone works together. It’s not a hierarchy–there’s teamwork.”

“I am excited about this opportunity to help offer services previously not here,” said Compton. “I love the diversity of the specialty. For example, I’m working with patients who have had breast reconstruction after mastectomy due to breast cancer; who may need assistance with returning to work after a hand injury; or who are having cosmetic procedures like tummy tucks, eye lifts or laser treatments.”

Compton has more than 15 years of healthcare experience including providing urgent care and primary care services for families in several communities including Winona, Onalaska, Beaver Dam and Milwaukee Wis. She earned a Master of Nursing degree at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. and graduated Suma Cum Laude.

In her free time, Compton enjoys participating in various run/walk opportunities in the area that raise money and awareness for various health issues in the community. She and her husband live in the Winona area and have two school-aged children.

To schedule a consultation in the Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7659.



Free Health Talk: Temperature Tantrums, Thursday, January 21

Kelli Ostermann, MD

Kelli Ostermann, MD

Pediatrician Kelli Ostermann, MD, will present a free Health Talk: Temperature Tantrums, Thursday, January 21 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the B.A. Miller Auditorium at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Temperature tantrums? Fever phobia? It’s hard to see your child suffer through an illness, and it can be difficult to decide whether a doctor’s visit or even a trip to the emergency department is necessary.

Winona Health’s free Health Talk, Temperature Tantrums, addresses questions almost all parents have when their kids are sick. Most fevers and illnesses in children are not dangerous or harmful. This program will help you recognize when it’s best to soothe your child at home, when to consider medical attention and when an antibiotic might be appropriate. Bring your questions!

RSVP is requested by Tuesday, January 19.

RSVP here! Learn about Spirit!

If you have questions, please call 507.457.4161.

Healthy New Year! FREE smoking cessation program begins January 7

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

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

Improving your health is a gift to yourself—and your family. Winona Health’s next smoking cessation program is FREE and it begins Thursday, January 7.

This free 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. Those who have gone through the program in the past and are still working on quitting are welcome to participate again.

“Quitting smoking can be the number one best thing people can do for their health,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator. “Quitting isn’t easy, but it can be done and there is no doubt that it’s worth it, and we’re here to help.”

Winona Health’s smoking cessation program will:

  • help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking
  • cover the variety of benefits to quitting
  • provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms
  • share tips and techniques for becoming and remaining smoke free
  • provide a supportive atmosphere for you to ask questions and get helpful information

“Quitting can be such a relief,” said Sprain. “Relief from worrying about your health, relief from the feeling of dependency on cigarettes—and relief from the high cost of smoking.”

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.


Holiday Hours

Winona Health holiday hours will be as follows:

Thursday, December 24:

  • Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Winona Clinic and Outpatient Laboratory: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Rushford Clinic: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Retail Pharmacies: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Friday, December 25:

All Winona Health Clinics, Outpatient Laboratory and Retail Pharmacies closed

The Dialysis Department will alter its days of operation the week of Christmas so patients can spend Christmas Day with their families. The Dialysis Department will be closed on Friday, December 25 and open Sunday, December 27 to provide dialysis care.

Thursday, December 31:

  • Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Winona Clinic and Outpatient Laboratory: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Rushford Clinic: Closed
  • Retail Pharmacies: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Friday, January 1:

All Winona Health Clinics, Outpatient Laboratory and Retail Pharmacies closed

Winona Health’s Emergency Department at 855 Mankato Avenue is always open. For information about Winona Health, visit or call 507.454.3650.

Urgent Care wait times (posted during open hours)

An opportunity to make a meaningful difference: Become a hospice volunteer (training included)

Winona Area Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers.

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families, providing compassionate care and support during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

The extensive volunteer training covers everything from the various roles of hospice volunteers and nurses, to how to support families and understand the bereavement process.

The training includes an initial meeting on either Monday, January 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, January 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. There is also independent online education and a final meeting on either Monday, February 22, from 10 a.m. until noon or Tuesday, February 23, from 5 until 7 p.m.

Those interested are asked to contact the volunteer coordinator by email: or call the Winona Health Hospice Services office at 507.457.4468.

Those interested also will be asked to complete an online volunteer application here.

Welcome pediatrician Kelli Ostermann, MD!

Kelli Ostermann, MD

Kelli Ostermann, MD

Pediatrician Kelli Ostermann, MD, has joined Sarah Lallaman, DO; Kristi Schulte, PA-C; and Emily Tracy, PA-C, in the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department at Winona Health.

Dr. Ostermann is interested in all aspects of child health from birth through adolescence, including well visits. She has a special interest in helping children and their families manage chronic illnesses such as asthma and ADHD.

“I enjoy relating to children and helping them to feel at ease,” said Dr. Ostermann. “I also understand how important it is to listen closely to parents so I can clearly answer their questions. My goal is to provide all the information parents need to make the best decisions about their child’s health.”

Asked why she chose Winona Health, Dr. Ostermann said, “I get the sense that the staff treats people like family. I could see how they have the best interest of their patients at heart. I also like that Winona Health has the resources to provide what people need, but without the huge system bureaucracy.”

Dr. Ostermann said a medical school professor was influential in solidifying pediatrics as her specialty. “He said, ‘Care of children is the greatest privilege,’” recalls Dr. Ostermann, “And it is a privilege to have parents trust me to help with their child’s health. I get to see children grow up. They can grow up to be anything and make the world a better place.”

Dr. Ostermann is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She earned her medical degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and completed her residency at Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from St. Scholastica in Duluth.

In her free time, Dr. Ostermann enjoys reading, volunteering, spending time with her dogs—and all things Disney!

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ostermann in the Pediatric/Adolescent Medicine department, call 507.457.7607.